SAF, 'Cacti' partner for Tiger Balm 14
By Sgt. Brian C. EricksonJuly 24, 2014
The Singapore soldiers from the 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9th Division, of the Singapore army were teamed up with 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division
"This exercise was fantastic, I have learned a lot of stuff from the Soldier, they were very professional during the exchange," said Capt. Syafiq Utama, 23rd Singapore Infantry Brigade, 9th Division of the Singapore army.
During the exercise, the Cacti Soldiers got an up-close look at how the two armies can work together, even with their different tactics.
"The Singaporeans take more defensive positions during the exercise then what we normally do when we run our missions," said Pfc. Nicholas Wilson, Alpha Company, 2-35 Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID. "It was good to see how the Singaporeans do things different through the exercise."
Tactical communication on the battlefield is critical to the success of any operation involving multiple military units, especially units from different countries. Tiger Balm 2014 provided the Cacti an opportunity to train with their Singaporean counterparts, building interoperability and establishing solid working relationships between the militaries of both nations and demonstrating the U.S. commitment in the Asia-Pacific Theater.
The Live-Fire Exercise (LFX) is the culmination point of this year's bi-lateral exercise between the U.S. Army and the Singapore Armed Forces.
Tiger Balm has been conducted annually since 1981 with the location of the exercise rotating based on the last digit of the year. Years ending in an odd number take place in Singapore and years ending in even numbers occur in Hawaii.
Tiger Balm is the oldest standing bilateral exercise in Singapore Armed Forces' history, and that it speaks volumes of the close ties between both armies that continue to grow through the decades of changing global political landscape.
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