Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Christina Bhatti, Garuda Shield Public Affairs
Col Juan Diaz, a native of New York City, and Garuda Shield 09 U.S. executive agent, listens intently to a briefing during the first day of academic classes June 11 in Bandung, Indonesia, approximately 80 miles from Jakarta. Exercise Garuda Shield 09 is designed to promote regional peace and security in the area. This year marks the third anniversary of the event. Training will focus on peace support operations, a computer-simulated Command Post Exercise, a Field Training Exercise and Humanitarian and Civic Assistance projects. Nineteen nations will participate in the academic classes and CPX.