Two weeks of collaboration and camaraderie between U.S. and Malaysian armed forces throughout train Bersama Warrior 2022 was celebrated with a closing ceremony right here presided by U.S. Military Maj. Gen. Reginald Neal, deputy commanding normal for the U.S. Military Pacific and Royal Malaysian Air Pressure Maj. Gen. Dato’ Hj Md Fauzi b Saleh, assistant chief of employees for the Malaysian Armed Forces Joint Forces Headquarters J-3 on June 17, 2022. Command submit workouts like Bersama Warrior are designed to strengthen the connection between the host nation’s armed forces and the U.S. by combining them right into a single employees and forcing them to work by means of a fancy downside collectively, thus rising interoperability and their capacity to plan and conduct joint and coalition operations.

“Over the previous 12 days the arduous work of the employees throughout this command submit train have actually enhanced Malaysian-U.S. interoperability. This in-person train clearly demonstrates our renewed dedication to working collectively to resolve essential and sophisticated issues,” U.S. Military Maj. Gen. Reginald Neal mentioned.


“I feel that us taking part in workouts – and likewise material exchanges – positively strengthens our partnership with our state companions,” mentioned Military Lt. Col. Reena Emme, Bersama Warrior C-2 Intelligence lead and the Washington Nationwide Guard Abroad Deployment Coaching Lead Planner. “There’s numerous planning that was performed for this train. Nevertheless, I feel it was very price it as a result of it helps construct our relationship collectively.”

Within the fictitious Bersama Warrior situation, the United Nations Safety Council decision approved operations on the fictional Isla Del Sol. The mixed joint process pressure main the response had a mission to expel the invading enemy forces from the island and transition to stability and safety operations. A permanent function of Bersama Warrior is the Washington Nationwide Guard’s participation attributable to its partnership with Malaysia. In 2017, beneath the Nationwide Guard Bureau-administered State Partnership Program, the Washington Nationwide Guard and Malaysian armed forces had been formally partnered, which began a mutually helpful relationship with the aim of enhancing capabilities and safety cooperation.

U.S. Military and Malaysian Military personnel collectively plan to conduct operations towards a fictitious enemy throughout the eighth annual Bersama Warrior train in Kuantan, Malaysia, June 12, 2022. Bersama Warrior is an annual joint and bilateral train sponsored by U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces. (Photograph by Lt. Col. Alyson Teeter /Washington Air Nationwide Guard

Whereas going by means of the inevitable aches and pains of mixing a staff of strangers from totally different cultures after which planning and executing a response to a fictitious situation, the staff bonded in stunning methods by means of a shared sense of service and historical past. For Military Lt. Col. Vic Pirak, the Bersama Warrior C-3 Present Operations Planner and government officer for the Washington Nationwide Guard’s 56th Theater Info Operations Group, the expertise was particularly poignant. He acquired an award from the C-3 Operations lead who additionally serves with the Malaysian Military’s nineteenth Battalion Royal Malay Regiment (Mechanized). The wood crest award was engraved with the motto, “Tegak Teguh Gagah Perkasa,” which interprets from Malay to English as, “To Stand Agency and Gallant.”

“United States Indo-Pacific Command and the Washington Nationwide Guard are grateful for the standard coaching and gracious hospitality of our Malaysian army companions,” mentioned Air Pressure Col. Scott Humphrey, Bersama Warrior 2022 Chief of Employees and commander of the Washington Air Nationwide Guard’s Western Air Protection Sector. “As we attempt for improved interoperability, shared regional imaginative and prescient, and mutual cooperation, we stay up for rewarding future engagements and lifelong friendships.”

A portion of the Malaysian coaching viewers included troopers from the nineteenth Battalion. All through the 2 weeks their American counterparts realized that the historical past of the nineteenth included the rescue of U.S. Military Rangers throughout the Battle of Mogadishu, also referred to as the ‘Black Hawk Down’ incident in 1993. Roughly 870 members of the regiment had been deployed to Somalia as a part of the United Nations UNOSOM II Operation and 100 Malaysian troopers helped with the rescue. A Malaysian soldier finally misplaced his life throughout the mission. Roughly 100 U.S. personnel participated in Bersama Warrior command submit train, consisting of operational employees planners.

3-4 CAV Raiders and 4th Royal Malaysian Regiment patrol the jungle during a field training exercise as a part of Keris Strike 2022.
3-4 CAV Raiders and 4th Royal Malaysian Regiment patrol the jungle throughout a subject coaching train as part of Keris Strike 2022. (Photograph by U.S. Military 3-4 CAV)