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Angkor Sentinel & Keris Strike

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Angkor Sentinel & Keris Strike

What is it?

Angkor Sentinel 10 and Keris Strike 10 are exercises conducted with U.S. Armed Forces and host countries to promote international peace operations in the Asia-Pacific area of operation.

Angkor Sentinel 10 (AS 10) will take place outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia from July 9-30 and is intended to provide assistance and training to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces, co-sponsored with U.S. Pacific Command. It supports U.S. and Cambodian security objectives and provides training for Cambodian instructors on all levels of the global peacekeeping operation initiative, led by the State Department, to address gaps in international peace operations.

Keris Strike 10 (KRS 10) is the 14th iteration of an exercise that will take place in Kuantan, Malaysia July 19-23. A continuation of ongoing joint and U.S. Army efforts co-sponsored by the U.S. Military and the Malaysian Armed Forces, it will include planning and executing a brigade-level command-post exercise to provide an environment for the Malaysian Armed Forces and the U.S. Armed Forces and build upon the existing partnership in peace support operations.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. is committed to assisting the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces reform efforts, key components to improving democratization efforts in the region. AS 10 is GPOI's annual capstone event, important for building successful regional military-to-military relationships. This year's exercise will include a multilateral U.N. Force Headquarters Command Post Exercise, lanes training, humanitarian and civic assistance projects and a field training exercise.

Likewise, KRS 10 is a U.S. Army, Pacific Theater Security Cooperation Program-sponsored event for the Asia-Pacific region. Through participation in this exercise, participants strengthen their capabilities in international peace support operations worldwide.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Strong ties developed as a result of these types of exercises, contribute to rapid and efficient multi-national responses to humanitarian crises in the region.

Regional peacekeeping training capability in Asia fosters an important worldwide peacekeeping capacity. Plans include events to build peacekeeping capabilities worldwide through 2014, develop a transportation and logistics support arrangement to help troops deploy to peacekeeping operations, and help sustain troops in the field and support the establishment of regional training centers.

Why is this important to the Army?

Humanitarian and civic assistance programs conducted by U.S. and foreign Asia-Pacific armed forces demonstrate a mutual resolve to support security and humanitarian interests of friends and allies. The programs will improve the quality of life and the general health and welfare of civilian residents in the exercise areas.

Resources:

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