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Today's Focus:

Yudh Abhyas

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We're now putting the Rubik's Cube back together. Now what we've got to do is continue to move the cube until the colors are aligned. That's what we're working on today -- to draw the enabling structure back together under the parent units so we can get back in synch. That will take two or three years to do it."

- Maj. Gen. Mark A. Graham, the G-3/5/7 for U.S. Army Forces Command, during the readiness panel at the AUSA annual meeting Oct. 25, speaks about the new concept for Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) where all units not locked into a deployment date will become part of a contingency expeditionary force.

New contingency force will train for full-spectrum ops

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"Anytime a Soldier is traveling abroad unofficially, the unit command needs to know and give their approval before that Soldier travels."

- Tonya Heinbaugh, security officer of Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security at U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, emphasizing the importance of referencing the DOD Foreign Clearance Guide for building awareness of not only Department of Defense requirements, but updates issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Some locales require official paperwork for Army travelers

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

November 2010

Military Family Appreciation Month

Warrior Care Month

Native American Heritage Month


Nov. 11: Veteran's Day

Nov. 16 & 17: Medal of Honor White House & Pentagon ceremonies for Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta

Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Holiday

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Updated on the first of each month: Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Yudh Abhyas

What is it?

U.S. Army, Pacific's Exercise Yudh Abhyas is a regularly-scheduled bilateral exercise hosted by the Indian and U.S. Armies which allows for an exchange of knowledge between the two militaries using a U.N. peacekeeping scenario. Yudh Abhyas has been ongoing since 2004, and is designed to promote cooperation between the two militaries while sharing training, cultural exchanges, and building joint operating skills. This year Yudh Abhyas 10, scheduled for Nov. 1-14, at Fort Richardson, Alaska, will be the Indian army's first deployment to Alaska.

What has the Army done?

Annual training with the Indian army began in 2004 at the platoon exchange level to enhance our ability to conduct joint and multi-national operations in support of U.S. Pacific Command's theater campaign plan by conducting a combined exercise with the Indian army to improve cultural awareness, develop friendships, and enhance cooperation among the two armies.

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

U.S. and Indian relations continue to be that of mutual respect and hold the promise of continued improvement for years to come. Yudh Abhyas gives the U.S. Army and Indian forces the opportunity to exchange knowledge and learn from each other, as well as establish personal and professional relationships. Exercises between U.S. and Indian militaries are increasing in scope and sophistication.

Why is this important to the Army?

The U.S. military-to-military association with the Indian army is a maturing bilateral relationship that is strengthened by exercises like Yudh Abhyas 10. Execution of these exercises is vital to effective and efficient peacekeeping and foreign disaster relief operations and civil affairs core tasks focused on humanitarian and disaster relief.

Resources:

Yudh Abhyas 2010

USARPAC website

Related articles:

USARAK, Indian Army celebrate Yudh Abhyas 2010 exercise kickoff

U.S.-India Exercise exemplifies growing cooperation

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