The US Army Pacific (USARPAC) and the Royal Brunei Land Forces (RBLF) have started the second iteration of the Pahlawan Warrior military exercise at Lumut Camp, Brunei.
A combined opening ceremony of the latest edition took place on June 13.
A bilateral army-to-army exercise, the Pahlawan Warrior aims to enhance land force capabilities, address homeland security challenges and boost interoperability operations.
During the exercise, soldiers attached to the 3rd Cavalry, 4th Squadron, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, as well as RBLF personnel will undergo skills enhancement training in the jungle, military operations in urban spaces and live fire.
Staff will also share expertise in their fields of study.
At the opening ceremony, 25th Infantry Division Deputy Commanding General for Interoperability, Col. Michael A van Welie said, “The Pahlawan Warrior is a hallmark of our security cooperation calendar. and is essential to enhancing our joint capability as we each strive to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region.”
Chief of Staff of the Royal Brunei Land Forces and Lt. Col. Haji Mohammad Shannonnizam bin Sulaiman said: “Exercises like this can instill confidence and help maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region. I am very confident that Pahlawan Warrior 2022 will be able to achieve its goal.
In August 2018, U.S. Army and RBLF soldiers participated in the first Exercise Pahlawan Warrior.
A total of 33 active US and National Guard soldiers teamed up with soldiers from the Royal Brunei Land Forces for Exercise Pahlawan Warrior at three locations across Brunei.
Pahlawan Warrior is part of Pacific Pathways 18-2.
Pacific Pathways 18-2 is implemented by the Indiana National Guard and includes six exercises: Hamel with Australia, Keris Strike with Malaysia, Garuda Shield with Indonesia, Hanuman Guardian with Thailand, Pahlawan Warrior with Brunei and Orient Shield with Japan.