DVIDS – News – US Indian Army troops conclude Yudh Abhyas 21 with ceremony

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Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska – U.S. Army Paratroopers with the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division and Indian Army Soldiers concluded Exercise Yudh Abhyas 21 with a closing ceremony here on October 29, 2021.

The ceremony marks the end of the 17th time that U.S. and AI soldiers have come together to share their combat skills, learn to work side-by-side in realistic training scenarios, and share their cultures respective. It was the first time since 2010 that IA had come to JBER.

“Two weeks ago we met as strangers,” said Col. Jody Shouse, 4th IBCT (A) commander, 25th ID. “We share a bond of friendship and the knowledge that when needed we will be there for each other.”

The soldiers spent over a week training in the onset of winter in Alaska. They worked to evacuate casualties via UH-60 Blackhawks and practiced sling loading under CH-47 Chinooks. They also took turns familiarizing themselves with each other’s weapon systems, such as the US M4 carbine, M240B, and India’s small arms system.

“We have learned the best practices, techniques and procedures that have evolved while operating under these conditions,” said Brigadier Parag Nangare, commander of the 136th (I) Indian Army Infantry Brigade Group. “This exercise achieved a high degree of interoperability and collaboration at all levels. “

The culminating event was a field training exercise that took place thousands of feet above sea level in the Chugach Mountains with deep snow, blowing winds and temperatures below the point freezing. Combined units of the Indian and US military attacked an objective in support of a fictitious military operation.

The field training exercise required the soldiers to use all of the training conducted the previous week: mountaineering skills, weapon familiarization and cold weather training.

Yudh Abhyas 21 is a bilateral training exercise designed to improve the combined interoperability of Indian and U.S. militaries to increase partner capacity for conventional, complex and future contingencies throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Date taken: 10/29/2021
Date posted: 29.10.2021 22:30
Story ID: 408385
Site: JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, AK, USA

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