1st SFG (A) Trains with Indian Special Forces

1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Date: 01.29.2018
Posted: 01.30.2018 13:03
News ID: 263894
1st SFG (A) Trains with Indian Special Forces

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Green Berets assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), conducted a joint training exercise with Indian Special Operation Forces, Jan. 14 -29 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Exercise Vajra Prahar is an annual two-week exercise, which highlights bilateral training that improves the ability to react efficiently to any number of contingencies. The training rotates between India and JBLM.
"Our military to military partnership is invaluable. It not only strengthens our international bond but it contributes to the strategic relationship between the two countries," said Master Sgt. Shane, a team sergeant involved in the training. "India is an essential partner, both for the regional security of south Asia and the maritime security. There is no doubt that what we are doing here directly contributes to that by working with their special operation forces."
The spirit of this exercise highlighted the two countries working together to safeguard the maritime security and freedom of navigation as well as strengthening their partnership to combat terrorism and piracy.
"The exercise focuses on maritime operations, troop movements, and everything in between so everything that we did was driven and with a purpose in mind," said Capt. John, a team leader. "From the opening ceremony to the conclusion, this training exercise encompasses the true professionalism of each nation and highlight a sustainable learning environment for both."
A part of that precise tactical training involved airborne operations.
"We trained for this at home, and it is great to share knowledge with our brothers in arms from the Green Berets," said Lt. Col. Shailender Singh Ahlawat, Indian Special Operations company commander. "This is training is necessary. This military interaction between the countries will be good for our future."
Ahlawat said that the training strengthens the partnership, builds relationships and provides better interoperability.
The U.S. is committed to broadening ties with Indo-Asia-Pacific partners. As part of the rebalance, the U.S. is strengthening traditional alliances while enhancing forward presence in Southeast Asia, in Oceania and the Indian Ocean.
"The greatest benefit for our soldiers is any chance that we get to work alongside our allies," said John. "It was a good exercise, and we got a lot out of it, and everyone came away a better-trained soldier."