US Soldiers soak up Indonesian culture
By Spc. Elizabeth Cole
June 13, 2011
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BOGOR, Indonesia - United States and Indonesian Soldiers participating in Exercise Garuda Shield gather outside the Presidential Palace during culture day, June 9.
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Command Sgt. Maj. Forrest Wacker, command sergeant major for the 9th Mission Support Command, pets a komodo dragon at the Indonesian Culture Center during culture day for Exercise Garuda Shield, June 9.
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First Lt. Jeffrey F. Galdones, medical officer and planner for Exercise Garuda Shield, poses with a large python snake at the Indonesian Culture Center during culture day for Exercise Garuda Shield, June 9.
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Maj. Barbara Tucker, 103d Troop Command, drops change in a bucket for a trained monkey at the Indonesian Culture Center during culture day for Exercise Garuda Shield, June 9.
Exercise Garuda Shield is a bilateral exercise designed to strengthen relations between U.S. and Indonesian Armed Forces. Throughout the exercise, the Soldiers will participate in a field training exercise, a command post exercise and a humanitarian civic action project. U.S. and Indonesian participants will further strengthen their personal relationships by competing in sporting events and enjoying cultural activities, such as culture day.
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