Army Chief sees off 100 personnel to US

Army Chief sees off 100 personnel to US

Screenshot - Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa. ANTARA/Muhammad Zulfikar

This is our pride. Our colleagues are lucky to join  the exercise in Fort Bragg, North California, which hosts the United States Army Special Operations Command
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Army Chief of Staff General Andika Perkasa saw off 100 Army personnel to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the United States, to take part in a joint exercise code-named Garuda Airborne. "This is our pride. Our colleagues are lucky to join the exercise in Fort Bragg, North California, which hosts the United States Army Special Operations Command," he said in Jakarta, Wednesday

The joint exercise will involve the United States Army Airborne 82nd Division. The exercise will last for 18 days. Thereafter, all participants will take part in joint parachuting in Baturaja, South Sumatra.

The Army personnel involved in the joint exercise bring with them the mission of fostering inter-personnel networking which will help them when they face a problem, General Andika said.

"Our colleagues should remember that your mission is networking. I want all of you to speak and not merely relying on the interpreter," he said.

The Indonesian Army under the leadership of General Perkasa has frequently held joint military exercises with other countries to build military relations.

The joint exercise with the US Army is not the first of its kind.

"Thank you, the US Army for the chance to hold the joint exercise code-named Garuda Airborne. This activity is important and I hope they will get experiences from one another," he said.

The 100 Army personnel comprise 88 commissioned officers, senior non-commissioned officers and lower-ranking non-commissioned officers from the Army's Reserve Strategic Command (Kostrad) and 11 personnel from regional military commands, Vice Commander of the Para Raider Infantry Battalion 305/Tengorak Major Eko Damuna Prasetyo said. 

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