Photo Credit: Spc. Jesse Toves, Garuda Shield 09 Public Affairs
Tentara Nasional Indonesia Ankatan Darat, or Indonesian Army, co-exercise director Gen. Djoko Santoso and U.S. co-exercise director Gen. Vernon Miyagi observe the approximately 1,000 Soldiers and Marines from nine nations during the Exercise Garuda Shield 09 opening ceremony at the TNI-AD Infantry Training Center in Bandung, Indonesia, June 16. The two-week exercise brings together Soldiers and Marines from nine nations to train on UN mandated ground-level tasks. GS09 is the latest in a continuing series of exercises designed to promote regional peace and security. Training will focus on peace support operations and Global Peace Operations Initiative certification, a Command Post Exercise, a Field Training exercise and Humanitarian and Civic Assistance projects.