DHAKA, Bangladesh -- A Maneuver Advisor Team with Force Package 22-1, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade participated in Bijôy Dibôsh, or the Victory Day Parade, Dec. 16, 2021 in Dhaka, Bangladesh celebrating Bangladesh’s 50 years of Independence.
The 5th SFAB’s MAT 5311 was provided a tour of the country led by Maj. K. M Ariful Islam of the 14th Independent Engineer Brigade, Bangladesh Army.
The 5th SFAB Advisors had the privilege of joining their partners in viewing historical sites such as the Liberation War Museum, the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum, and the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar, Bangladesh.
“It is indescribable to see how much this country has had to persevere, but also incredible to see how much it has grown,” MAT 5311 Team Leader Capt. Alexander Watkins, said. “For a country celebrating 50 years, only a generation before myself, its history and sense of self pride is overflowing”.
Joined in the Victory Day Parade by forces from Bhutan, India, Russia and Mexico, MAT 5311 was able to represent the United States of America’s continued and growing relationship with its Bangladeshi partners.
Additionally, MAT 5311 had the unique opportunity to receive and assist in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine booster with U.S. Embassy staff.
With Advisors employed across the globe in the midst of an ever-changing pandemic, MAT 5311 helped play a critical role in the fight to eradicate the virus.
Watkins shared how participating in the parade shows how 5th SFAB is committed to partnering with the Bangladesh Armed Forces over the next few months as part of the Indo-PACOM strategy of strengthening partnerships with allies to promote peace, security, and prosperity in the region.
“The Team would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone that has assisted in giving us the opportunity to show our support to the People of Bangladesh in this joyous occasion," Watkins said. "To the People of Bangladesh, members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces Division, United States Ambassador Earl Miller, and the US Embassy staff, thank you and we look forward to our continued partnership.”