Photo Credit: Spc. Jesse Toves, Guam National Guard Photographer
Staff Sgt. Manser Patis, 1st Battalion, 294th Infantry Regiment, Guam National Guard and an instructor and advisor for Guarda Shield 09, looks on as the Tongan Royal Marines attempt to assure role players from the Royal Thai Army acting as a hostile crowd. The two-week training is at the Tentara Nasional Indonesia -Angkatan Darat, or Indonesian Army, Infantry Training Center in Bandung, Indonesia. The 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 Operation Initiative certification, a command post exercise, a field training exercise and humanitarian and civic assistance projects.