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Red Bulls train in Washington State with International Partners


Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA- Over two hundred 34th Infantry Division Soldiers recently flew Washington to train with I Corps and electronically join a 33,000-strong contingent of Australian forces and other government and nongovernment agencies participating in the sixth iteration of the biennial exercise Talisman Sabre, July 4 through 19

According to I Corps Commander, Lt Gen Stephen Lanza, the biennial exercise is an opportunity to improve US/Australian combat readiness and interoperability, maximize combined training opportunities and conduct maritime prepositioning and logistics operations

"Talisman Sabre brings all the components together of Pacific Command along with the Australian military, and because of that, I Corps headquarters will certify as part of a joint task force," Lanza said

This exercise also benefits the Red Bulls "The 34th ID plays an important role as one of the two Army Divisions as we fight alongside the 25th ID," said Deputy Division Commander Brig Gen William Lieder, who is leading the division for Talisman Sabre  "Also, we will validate a cooperative training model that supports the objectives of both 34ID and I Corps TS 15 will exercise the entire staff, but also maintain proficiency on the Army core competencies of Combined Arms Maneuver and Wide Area Security to enhance our combat readiness and interoperability"

Talisman Sabre is generally held during odd years and merges with previous exercises of Tandem Thrust and Crocodile into one biennial, joint, combines exercise with US and Australian forces Planning responsibility alternates every two years

Lanza said Talisman Sabre is part of a longstanding and close relationship between US and Australian forces
"We have a tremendous historic partnership with the Australians," Lanza said "They have been with us in every major campaign and operation we've had and to partner with them in this critical operation is extremely important We will continue to have a significant relationship with the Australians in the future"

One of the most important objectives of TS15 is relationship development"Talisman Sabre is part of a long lasting and close relationship between US and Australian forces," said Lieder "They have been with us in every major operation - I worked closely with them in Iraq in 2007 when they were co-located on our base  They are outstanding soldiers and this is another great way for the US to enhance and solidify our working relationship!"

Along with the opportunity to hone military skills, significant involvement from international, Australian and United States government agencies make this a truly collaborative whole-of-government effort Active participation by international organizations includes the World Food Programme, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance and the International Committee of the Red Cross

Australian government entities include the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Agency for International Development, the Australian Department of Agriculture, the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Australian Federal Police Force and the Asia Pacific Civil-Military Centre of Excellence

US participating agencies include the US Department of State, Justice and Agriculture, Federal Bureau of Investigation, US Agency for International Development and the American Red Cross

Lanza said working with all of the different elements at Talisman Sabre is crucial to achieving the goals of the exercise
"The end state is that we provide Adm [Harry] Harris, the [US Pacific Command] commander with a certified, joint-task-force-capable headquarters, capable of conducting operations regionally or globally in support of military operations," Lanza said

The Red Bulls concur "We have a strong working relationship with I Corps based on previous exercises and will continue to build and enhance a lasting partnership," said Lieder

10 July, 2015
By Master Sgt Daniel Ewer
34th Infantry Division Public Affairs
and by Sgt. 1st Class Jimmy Norris
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

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