Conducted last weekend, Urban Shield, the largest homeland security training exercise in United States history, consisted of 50 hours of tactical training in three Bay Area counties. Tactical teams like the one Tejada leads were subjected to 22 different mock emergencies. (cont....)
Navy public affairs officer Ensign Rommel Rodriguez said troops from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Unit, Essex Expeditionary Strike Group, stationed in Okinawa, Japan and the Philippine Marines, Army and Air Force will participate in the joint Phiblex and Talon Vision military exercise starting on Oct. 15.
He said about 2,000 Filipino soldiers will take part in the exercises, which will involve amphibious landings, airborne operations, convoy operations, jungle survival and some civil-military operations projects, such as medical and dental missions and rehabilitation of school buildings.
The 2,700 US soldiers will arrive in the country on board the USS Juneau, USS Tortuga and USS Essex for exercises in Fort Magsaysay in Palayan City; Crow Valley in Capas, Tarlac; Clark Field in Pampanga; Subic; Zambales and Ternate, Cavite, Rodriguez added. (cont..)
That proposal appears to be gaining momentum – and potential participants.
An Oct 4/07 Reuters report [Reuters India Singapore's Straits Times] says that the United States is now pitching the Global Hawk consortium idea to Australia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, India, Brunei and Sri Lanka. US PACAF says the list of invited countries could grow further, regional demonstrations are being planned for 2008, and BAMS UAV project partner Australia has indicated interest in the idea.