Why hundreds of Americans are parachuting over Indonesia this month

Paratroopers from the U.S. Army, Tentara Nasional Indonesia, and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jump over Indonesia as part of Garuda Shield. (Sgt. Nicholle Salvatierra/U.S. Army). The United States and allied nations recently wrapped up the Rim of the Pacific joint naval exercise, but there is another multinational military training operation happening in the Pacific theater. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command forces are currently in Indonesia marching, training and jumping out of planes for the 2022 edition of the Garuda Shield operation. With soldiers from 14 nations participating or observing, it’s also the largest edition of the exercise since 2009.  The two-week exercise was held. It’s traditionally been a joint Indonesian-American operation, joined by various other nations over the years. Although not as attention grabbing as RIMPAC – with it featuring 26 nations and involving blowing up multiple ships – the 2022 Garuda Shield features thousands of soldiers; 2,000 of the participating soldiers are American, with another 2,000 from Indonesia. Other participating countries include Japan, Australia and Singapore, with other nations also sending observers. Many of the operations have been joint exercises by the U.S., Tentara Nasional Indonesia (the Indonesian military) and the Japanese Self-Defense Force; one of the firsts this year was…

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Why hundreds of Americans are parachuting over Indonesia this month

Updated: August 13, 2022 — 10:27 pm