SINGAPORE -- Soldiers of the U.S. Army and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) participate in the opening ceremony of Exercise Tiger Balm 2022 in Singapore, 10 a.m. June 6, 2022.
This marked the 41st annual Tiger Balm exercise since its initiation in 1981. This exercise is to show mutual respect, trust and partnership between the U.S. and Singapore.
"We build readiness, strengthen our interoperability between the Singapore and United States Army," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Matthew McFarlane, deputy commanding general of United States Army Pacific Command (USARPAC).
"I'm confident that Tiger Balm will continue to grow from strength to strength," SAF Brig. Gen. Andrew Lim Heng Tiew, commander of SAF Training and Doctrine Command.
McFarlane and Andrew Lim both spoke of the struggles that the combined countries overcame and the growth that came out of it from past exercises.
Prior to their respective speeches, both generals inspected the troops and gave their approval of professionalism.
Once the ceremony was completed, all personnel were given an in country brief of Singapore that included music videos that educated US Soldiers about the Singaporean culture and history.
Tiger Balm emphasizes the strong defense relations and interoperability between the US Army and Singapore Armed Forces.