770th Engineers and TNI build a School and Library
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 770th Engineer company, 479th Engineer Battalion, 35th Theater Engineer Brigade, and Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Soldiers work on construction projects at a local school during Super Garuda Shield 2023 in Sumberejo, Indonesia, Sep 2, 2023. Super Garuda Shield 2023 is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. SGS 2023 is the second consecutive time this exercise has grown into a combined and joint event, highlighting the 7 participating and 12 observing nations' commitment to partnership and a free and open indo pacific. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wyatt Moore / 28th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Spc. Wyatt Moore) VIEW ORIGINAL

SITUBONDO, Indonesia – U.S. Army Soldiers with 130th Engineer Brigade, Army reserve Soldiers from 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Armed Forces Indonesian (TNI) service members assigned to the 12th Construction Battalion, celebrated the completion of a school restoration project with a ribbon cutting ceremony during Super Garuda Shield in Situbondo, Indonesia, Sept. 10, 2023.

US. Army Maj. Gen. Jered Helwig, commanding general of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, and Indonesian National Armed Forces Admiral Yudo Margono, Chief of Defense Force Indonesia, presided of the ribbon cutting ceremony and thanked the troops for their hard work.

Super Garuda Shield 2023 School Ribbon Cutting
Indonesian Admiral Yudo Margono, Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces and U.S. Army Maj. General Jered Helwig, commander of the 8th Theater Sustainment Command participate in ribbon cutting ceremony during Exercise Super Garuda Shield 2023 in Sumberejo, Situbondo Regency, East Java, Indonesia, Sep. 10, 2023. Super Garuda Shield 2023 is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. SGS2023 is the second consecutive time this exercise has grown into a combined and joint event, highlighting the 7 participating and 12 observing nations' commitment to partnership and a free and Open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Spc. Josue Mayorga). (Photo Credit: Spc. Josue Mayorga) VIEW ORIGINAL
“The completion of this school highlights our commitment to Indonesia and serves as a tangible demonstration of what being a good partner looks like,” said Helwig. “These children have an opportunity to grow and learn in a free and open Indo-Pacific with a bright future ahead of them because of our strong partnership.”

Hundreds of people from the local community turned out for the event to show their appreciation for the school makeover. When the ceremony was over, the American Soldiers made their rounds and posed for countless photos with kids and adults alike.

The combined team of Soldiers started the restoration project Aug. 25, and worked tirelessly to complete the numerous tasks before the completion of Super Garuda Shield.

SGS2023 ENCAP construction
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve 479th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command and Indonesian National Armed Forces Army 2nd Marine Engineer Battalion in constructing a school, during Super Garuda Shield 23 at 5th Marine Training Center (Puslatpur), Situbondo, Indonesia, 02 Sep. 2023. Service members are working on this project to help restore the school so that it will be fully functional for the local community. #SuperGarudaShield 2023 is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. #SGS2023 is the second consecutive time this exercise has grown into a combined and #joint event, highlighting the 6 participating and 12 observing nations’ commitment to #partnership and a #freeandopenindopacific. (U.S. Army photo captured by Staff Sgt. Brenden Delgado) (Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Brenden Delgado) VIEW ORIGINAL
130th Engineer assist in ENCAP construction
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Blas, right, passes a brick to Sgt. Christopher Byrd, both heavy equipment operators with 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command while working on the school enhancement project during Super Garuda Shield 23 at Sumberejo, Indonesia, Sept. 2, 2023. Community outreach projects are an important aspect of Super Garuda Shield and one way the U.S. military demonstrates its commitment to enhancing the U.S. – Indonesian partnership.#SuperGarudaShield 2023 is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. #SGS2023 is the second consecutive time this exercise has grown into a combined and #joint event, highlighting the 7 participating and 12 observing nations’ commitment to #partnership and a #freeandopenindopacific.

(U.S. Army photo captured by Staff Sgt. Tristan Moore) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Tristan Moore)
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Some of the major completed projects included replacing a damaged roof, strengthening the electrical infrastructure, replacing water damaged walls, building culverts to mitigate flooding, adding water towers to provide running water, laying pavers to eliminate overgrowth, and they finished with a new coat of paint to give the school an outward appearance to reflect its bright future.

“I visited Indonesia a while back to do an assessment on the school so I could develop the plan for our team,” said Capt. Jay Gilani, company commander, 926th Engineer Battalion, 412th Theater Engineer Command. “When I look at what we were able to accomplish over the last few weeks, it’s a really great feeling to be part of such a transformational process and know that you are making a difference.”

While many of the training events during Super Garuda Shield focus on building combined arms readiness and interoperability, the school restoration project highlights a different aim for the U.S. – Indonesian partnership.

130th Engineer assist in ENCAP construction
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Rahul Lama, left, a heavy equipment operator with 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, works alongside his Indonesian Army counterpart to level the ground for a school enhancement project during Super Garuda Shield 23 at Sumberejo, Indonesia, Sept. 2, 2023. Community outreach projects are an important aspect of Super Garuda Shield and one way the U.S. military demonstrates its commitment to enhancing the U.S. – Indonesian partnership.

#SuperGarudaShield 2023 is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. #SGS2023 is the second consecutive time this exercise has grown into a combined and #joint event, highlighting the 7 participating and 12 observing nations’ commitment to #partnership and a #freeandopenindopacific.

(U.S. Army photo captured by Staff Sgt. Tristan Moore) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Tristan Moore)
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770th Engineers and TNI build a School and Library
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Soldiers from the 770th Engineer company, 479th Engineer Battalion, 35th Theater Engineer Brigade, and Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Soldiers work on construction projects at a local school during Super Garuda Shield 2023 in Sumberejo, Indonesia, Sep 2, 2023. Super Garuda Shield 2023 is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. SGS 2023 is the second consecutive time this exercise has grown into a combined and joint event, highlighting the 7 participating and 12 observing nations' commitment to partnership and a free and open indo pacific. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Wyatt Moore / 28th Public Affairs Detachment) (Photo Credit: Spc. Wyatt Moore) VIEW ORIGINAL

"I was very happy working with the U.S. Army at the school, they are very good,” said TNI Marine Pvt. Eli Nanang Sutanto, engineer, 12th Construction Battalion. “Hopefully next time we can work together again on another mission.”

Super Garuda Shield is an annual exercise that has significantly grown in scope and size since 2009. This year is the second consecutive time that this exercise has grown into a combined and joint event, highlighting the seven participating and 12 observing nations’ commitment to partnership and a free and open Indo-Pacific.