Chief of 174/Anim Ti Waninggap Military Rayon Command Brigadier General Supartodi said here on Thursday that the soldiers will guard the area for the next six months to keep regional stability.
"TNI soldiers and Papua New Guinea officers will work in cooperation to maintain harmony," Supartodi noted.
He expressed hope that the soldiers should respect to each others policy and must prepare physically and mentally to cope with the weather.
Although security conditions in the area is generally safe, Supartodi has urged the soldiers to be vigilant to prevent unwanted actions.
The TNI soldiers had conducted the second preduty exercise in Bangga, Sigi District.
To prepare the soldiers for the weather, TNI had chosen Bangga as their training area because the region has similar geographical conditions to Merauke, Papua.
The two-week training program was completed on August 15, 2014.
The soldiers who were mostly from 711/Raksatama Infantry Battalion will replace 715/Mololiatu Infantry Battalion.
At the next border guard period, Raksatama soldiers will be replaced by 713/Satyatama Infantry Battalion from Gorontalo.