The United States military personnel took part in a two-week-long training exercise with Bangladesh military to strengthen defence readiness and build operational interoperability.
Members of the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (5th SFAB), Lewis-McChord, the Oregon Army National Guard, Washington, along with two members from the 303rd Ordnance Battalion (EOD), based at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, attended the drill from 19th March to 31st March.
The bilateral exercise named “Tiger Lightning 2022 (TL22)” was sponsored by US Indo-Pacific Command and hosted by the Bangladesh Armed Forces that reinforced partnership between the Bangladesh Armed Forces and Oregon State National Guard.
Approximately, 36 US personnel participated in this field training exercise focusing on combined operations training and regional crisis response capabilities.
The Oregon National Guard assisted with key matters are expert in the area of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and counter improvised explosive device (C-IED) training.
Oregon Army National Guard Lt. Col. Demain San Miguel, lead planner for the exercise, said, “What I am seeing from this is that people are exchanging experiences. The people know their equipment, they know their capabilities, but they’re sharing their experiences from Mali, Iraq, and Afghanistan, on how the equipment worked and didn’t work, as well as how you can use the equipment together.”