Tamiok Strike kicks off with Opening Ceremony
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command leadership for 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and Papua New Guinea Dence Force 1st Regimental Pacific Infantry Regiment pose for a phot following the opening ceremony of Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023, Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 31, 2023. Tamiok Strike 2023 is a two-week bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the combined interoperability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the third iteration of Tamiok Strike. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tamiok Strike kicks off with Opening Ceremony
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army and Papua New Guinea Dence Force Soldiers stand in formation during the opening ceremony of Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023, Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 31, 2023. Tamiok Strike 2023 is a two-week bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the combined interoperability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the third iteration of Tamiok Strike. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg) VIEW ORIGINAL

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea — Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023 kicked off with an opening ceremony July 31, 2023, as U.S. Army and Papua New Guinea Defence Force troops marched across Taurama Barrack’s parade field, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

Tamiok Strike is a bilateral exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific and hosted by the PNGDF with a focus on tactical interoperability.

The Chief of Force Prep for the PNGDF, Col. Craig Solomon, and Commander of the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Col. Margaret McGunegle both provided opening ceremony remarks.

Tamiok Strike kicks off with Opening Ceremony
Papua New Guinea Defence Force Chief of Force Preparation, Col. Craig Solomon, addresses U.S. and PNGDF Soldiers during the opening ceremony of Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023, Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 31, 2023. Tamiok Strike 2023 is a two-week bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the combined interoperability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Our country’s relationship with the United States has grown from strength to strength especially in the areas of military cooperation and assistance which has seen the signing of the much talked about Defense Cooperation Agreement, the DCA, as well as the Shiprider agreement,” said Solomon. “This has also been reinforced by the visits of very important senior officials from the United States.”

This is the third iteration of Tamiok Strike, and the first to include engineer construction projects between the 130th ENG BDE and PNGDF. The two-week long exercise will take place at Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby; Moem Barracks, Wewak; and Ingam Barracks, Lae.

Tamiok Strike kicks off with Opening Ceremony
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Commander, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, Col. Margaret McGunegle, addresses U.S. and PNGDF Soldiers during the opening ceremony of Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023, Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 31, 2023. Tamiok Strike 2023 is a two-week bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the combined interoperability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the third iteration of Tamiok Strike. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg) VIEW ORIGINAL
Tamiok Strike kicks off with Opening Ceremony
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Command leadership for 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command and Papua New Guinea Dence Force 1st Regimental Pacific Infantry Regiment pose for a phot following the opening ceremony of Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023, Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 31, 2023. Tamiok Strike 2023 is a two-week bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the combined interoperability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the third iteration of Tamiok Strike. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We remain committed to our friendship and partnership with Papua New Guinea,” said McGunegle. “The Tamiok Strike exercise presents many opportunities for us to become closer and better together.”

The exercise involves approximately company-sized elements from both the U.S. Army and PNGDF, and aims to enhance combined interoperability capabilities through training and cultural exchanges.

“The general aim of this exercise is to strengthen the relationship between the U.S. military and the PNGDF, with the intent to build interoperability and foster enduring partnership while building readiness,” said Solomon.

McGunegle also highlighted the importance of building readiness through interoperability when she addressed the audience.

Tamiok Strike kicks off with Opening Ceremony
U.S. Army and Papua New Guinea Defence Force Soldiers stand in formation during the opening ceremony for Exercise Tamiok Strike 2023, Taurama Barracks, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea July 31, 2023. Tamiok Strike 2023 is a two-week bilateral training exercise aimed at improving the combined interoperability of the Papua New Guinea Defense Forces and U.S. Forces, to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific region. This is the third iteration of Tamiok Strike. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Brandenburg) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We are here together strengthening the bonds of friendship and reinforcing the U.S. commitment to our Oceania Treaty allies; training for the ever-increasing complexity of the 21st century; reinforcing joint readiness; and the interoperability to partner, work, and win together,” said McGunegle.

TKS23 provides excellent opportunities for community, professional, and cultural exchanges that strengthen the U.S. Army partnership through shared learning and training. Training includes expert academic exchanges and professional development workshops that focus on stability operations and engineer training at the company level and below.

“In just the first few days preparing for this exercise, I have been overwhelmed by the beauty of this nation, and the hospitality and friendliness of its people," said McGunegle. "This is what builds partnerships and deepens relationships.”