Home : Media : News : News Article View

U.S. and Members of the Malaysian Armed Forces Participate in Exercise Tiger Strike 2019

By Cpl. Josue Marquez | 3rd Marine Division | Oct. 4, 2019

BLUE BEACH, Malaysia – U.S. Marines and Sailors with 3rd Marine Division and members of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) participate in exercise Tiger Strike 2019 at Blue Beach, Malaysia, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 4, 2019.

Tiger Strike 19 is a realistic, relevant and challenging exercise that brings U.S. and Malaysian forces closer and improves both nations’ ability to work bilaterally. This better prepares both nations to provide security and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

“In order to increase regional stability and security, we need to conduct these types of exercises with our partners,” said U.S. Marine Maj. Michael Thomas, the Deputy Officer in Charge of Tiger Strike 2019 and amphibious operation planner with 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. “These types of exercises not only increase our ability to plan and execute together, but it also strengthens our relationships at a personal level. Tiger Strike benefits the Navy-Marine Corps Team as much as it benefits the MAF. We are training and developing skills at the staff planner’s level down to the riflemen.”

Joint training between the U.S. and Malaysia covered jungle survival, combat rubber raiding craft usage, landing zone security/control, combat service support and an amphibious landing exercise where members of the MAF joined Marines aboard Assault Amphibious Vehicles (AAV) and conducted a simulated amphibious assault on Blue Beach followed by a patrol into the jungles of Malaysia. Amphibious operations are vital to effective crisis response support, regional security and deterrence.

“They’re very humble and very intrigued to learn more,” said U.S. Marine Cpl. Maria Daume, a squad leader with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently attached to 3rd Marine Division. “They’re not the kind of people who think they know everything. The more knowledge they can get, the happier they are, and the Marine Corps is the same way. So it’s a very humbling experience to be able to work with them and I look forward to working with them in the future to make both armed forces better.”

Both the U.S. and Malaysia have a continuing interest in strengthening our partnership, and security and stability in the region.

“This is my first time doing this exercise with U.S. Marines,” said MAF Maj. Saidi Mokhtar, the Company Commander for B Co, 22 Royal Malay Regiment. “Conducting the assault with U.S. Marines was different than in our basic training. We usually conduct assaults on foot, so it was rare for us to do it coming out of an AAV. It was hot while waiting inside the AAV, but I was very excited to do the attacks using the vehicles.”

Other forms of training included mass casualty drills lead by U.S. Navy Sailors with Shock Trauma Platoon, 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. Sailors brought Marines into their Battalion Aid Station (BAS) and guided them through the procedures that are taken in case of a casualty or injury. Sailors take advantage of field environments by refining and putting the skills they have learned in garrison to the test.

“The reason why we do training with, not only the corpsman, but with other Marines, is so that the Marines can help one another until a corpsman arrives if there isn’t a corpsman available,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Cindy Gallego, a laboratory technician with Shock Trauma Platoon, 3rd Medical Battalion, 3rd Marine Logistics Group. “Performing mass casualty drills in front of the Malaysians lets them see the different supplies and techniques we use on casualties. It helps them understand how we get things done.”

Tiger Strike 2019 is a bilateral exercise that allows the two militaries to share tactics and procedures that help build and maintain combat readiness. It further enhances the MAF, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy's capability and proficiency to respond to crisis as a combined effort. It also provides valuable training while building comradery between partner nations.

CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM
Facebook

Like Us
Twitter
262,415
Follow Us

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
Ceremony Broadcast from Hallowed Pearl Harbor to Honor 78th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway
The national ensign waves from the mast aboard the USS Midway Museum during a ceremony held in observance of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
June 5, 2020 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM -- Commander Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle

Journey to Service
Lt. Emily Rosenzweig, a chaplain assigned to 3rd Radio Battalion Religious Ministry Team at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, reads a Hebrew prayer aboard the USS Arizona Memorial during an Interfaith Prayer service and Floral Tribute. The event allowed religious leaders from the U.S. military, Hawaii, and Japan to engage in prayer to honor the fallen service members. Dec. 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu. Since Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. and Japan have endured more than 70 years of continued peace, a cornerstone of security and prosperity in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. As a Pacific nation, the U.S. is committed to continue its responsibility of protecting the Pacific sea-lanes, advancing international ideals and relationships, well as delivering security, influence and responsiveness in the region.
June 5, 2020 - PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Throughout the country and across the globe are a universal set of

Service Members, Civilians Bound By DOD Rules During Election Campaigns
James Brady, 14th Force Support Squadron community readiness specialist and installation voting assistance officer, talks with Air Force Staff Sgt. Cory Henning, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron, during Armed Forces Voters Week in the base exchange on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., June 27, 2018. Though federal election years have a large effect on the voting community and activity, elections are happening across the country every year.
June 5, 2020 - WASHINGTON -- It's election season again, when federal, state and local political campaigns kick

Humphreys Community Celebrates Graduating Students
More than 250 cars from the Humphreys community joined a reverse parade, June 3, to show their support for the graduating seniors. While the seniors stood by decorated light poles, the community drove by in cars, waving and shouting to congratulate them on their achievement.
June 5, 2020 - CAMP HUMPHREYS, Republic of Korea -- The Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific and

USS Theodore Roosevelt Departs Guam Mission Ready
The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departs Apra Harbor July 4, 2020. Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt is returning to operational tasking during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific.
June 4, 2020 - APRA HARBOR, Guam -- USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) departed Apra Harbor to continue its scheduled