HEADQUARTERS, U.S. ARMY ALASKA, FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska – Soldiers from the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, U.S. Army Alaska, are set to return from taking part in the annual U.S. Army Pacific-sponsored exercise Yudh Abhyas in India.
Yudh Abhyas is geared toward enhancing cooperation and coordination through training and cultural exchanges which help build the skills and relationships necessary during a peacekeeping operation.
Yudh Abhyas offered the Stryker brigade leaders and Soldiers a unique training environment and strengthened our international partnership. In the 10 years since Yudh Abhyas began, it has grown from platoon-level operations to brigade- and battalion-level operations. This year the training focused on combined training events within three key elements; a command post exercise, a field training exercise and expert academic exchanges. Soldiers from 5th Squadron, 1st Cavalry, and the Indian army’s 2nd Battalion, 9th Gurkha Rifles, worked together in the field training exercise. Soldiers with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, took part in the command post exercise.
The field training exercise placed American and Indian soldiers side-by-side in field training events, including a jungle, live-fire rifle range, a reflexive-fire range, a ropes confidence course, an obstacle course and rock climbing. Soldiers from both armies conducted classes and demonstrations on peacekeeping operations, ranging from crowd control to cordon and search, providing an opportunity to see familiar tasks done in a different way.
An official ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 3, at 5 a.m. at Fort Wainwright to welcome the soldiers back.
John M. Pennell