Skip to comments.Yudh Abhyas 2013 at Fort Bragg Begins
Posted on 05/03/2013 10:15:46 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
The 82nd Airborne Division Band struck up Carolina in the Morning as a coalition color guard held the U.S. and Indian flags side by side Friday on Fort Bragg.
The ceremony on Pike Field marked the beginning of Yudh Abhyas 2013. About 200 soldiers from the Indian army will be on Fort Bragg for the U.S.-Indian exercise through May 17. The scenario calls for the two armies to work together under a United Nations mandate.
The United States has the worlds oldest democracy, and India, the largest, Brig. Jagdish Chaudhari said.
We have a lot to learn from each other, especially in our approach to handling the modern-day challenges.
Chaudhari is commander of the Indian armys 99th Mountain Brigade.
The 82nd Airborne Division is participating for the first time in the ninth annual U.S.-Indian exercise. U.S. Army Pacific, which is based in Hawaii, sponsors the exercise.
The divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team is working with the Indian armys 99th Mountain Brigade. Units represented on the parade field also included the 3rd Squadron of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment and, from India, the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Gurka Rifles, the 50th Independent Para Brigade and the 54th Engineers Regiment.
During the ceremony, Sgt. Balkrishna Dave, a U.S. soldier who was born and raised in India, read the narration in Hindi. He is assigned to the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School on Fort Bragg.
The Indian soldiers gave the British-style salute with the open palm forward as the national anthems were played.
The relationship between the two nations is unique, said Chaudhari, the Indian brigadier. Both constitutions commence with the same words: We the people. That is the level of partnership that we share.
The U.S.-Indian exercise dates to 2004. Yudh Abhyas is Hindi for training for war.
This year is the largest ever conducted, said Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., commander of the 82nd Airborne Division.
This is a very important time for us to conduct an exercise of this nature, Nicholson said. America is in the 11th year of its longest war. It is a war being conducted in south Asia.
India recently signed a strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan, which will help to ensure that the stability going forward will continue after we depart with our military presence, Nicholson said.
India has invested heavily in the Afghan economy, building roads, educating Afghans in Indian universities, offering help across all dimensions of Afghan society. We appreciate your help to create a more stable environment in this critical region of the world, where many of these soldiers you see before you have fought so long and hard.
Some regiments of the Indian army have longer histories than the United States, Nicholson said.
The exercise is important as the United States and the U.S. Army increase their focus on the Pacific, Col. Trevor Bredenkamp said. He is commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Yudh Abhyas is occurring for the first time at Fort Bragg and in the continental United States, Bredenkamp said.
Both armies will learn about each others cultures, as well as weapons and tactics, Nicholson said. The staffs will plan together in field training exercises and command post exercises, he said.
A United Nations mandate, eh???
What, no blue helmets?
FT Bragg and it’s units host many nation’s military through the years.
All exercises are given a name. Since India and Pakistan have such a “warm” relationship the exercise name has to be carefully thought out - since we train with both.
Sometimes what was thought to be a “good” name turns into a flop - sometimes not.
“from India, the 2nd Battalion of the 5th Gurka Rifles”
That kinda sets the bar very high for a lot of armies handle.