Tuesday, September 18, 2012

US looking forward to foster already strong military relationship with Malaysia - The Borneo Post

Posted on September 19, 2012, Wednesday

MUTUAL BENEFIT: Razali (back) and Compton putting on arm band on US and Malaysian soldiers after the opening ceremony of the bilateral military exercise at the Ulu Tiram Camp in Johor Baharu. â€" Bernama photo

JOHOR BAHARU: The United States Army is looking forward to foster the already strong military relationship with the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) through bilateral exercises.

United States Army 9th Mission Support commanding general, Brig Gen Michele G Compton said, military leadership in the US and Malaysia was always on the lookout for efforts to increase relationship between both armed forces.

“Our relationship is great and very good and its been enhanced over the years. Our personal relationship emulates and it will continue, for a strong relationship with the MAF,” said the Hawaii-based Compton to reporters yesterday.

She was met after the opening ceremony of the bilateral military exercise ‘Ex Keris Strike’ at the Ulu Tiram Camp here, which was officiated by the Third Infantry Division Major General Datuk Mohd Razali Ahmad.

According to Compton, the 10-day Keris Strike exercise included computer-aided command post maneuvering at the brigade and battalion level, medical first responder course and medical civic action programme.

The bilateral exercise participated by 96 soldiers from the various US Army units and 369 from MAF, will also include, for the first time, a course on Counter-Improvise Explosive Device (C-IED), she said. Meanwhile, Mohd Razali said the existing relationship between Malaysia and the United States army was strong. â€" Bernama

“Programmes like the ‘Ex Keris Strike’ can further enhance relations and enable our armed forces to acquire valuable training. The inclusion of the C-IED is another area that our forces can benefit,” he said. â€" Bernama

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