The Philippines and Australia completed the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise (PAAAE) on March 1 at Headquarters 10th Infantry (Agila) Division (10ID) Sergeant Demerin Grandstand. PAAAE started February 15.
“The PAAAE aims to equip forces under Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) units the necessary skills training on urban warfare. It includes the following set of training on: Urban Close Combat, Search and Breach Operation, Managing Combat Trauma, Communication Operation, Command and Control in Urban Operation, Sniping and Counter-sniping and Joint Fires and Airspace Deconfliction,” the 10th Infantry Division said.
Australian Defense Force Joint Tasked Group 629 headed by Lieutenant Colonel Judd Finger, for the purpose of PAAAE, participated in the said training exercise. Joint Tasked Group 629 is composed of six officers and fifty two enlisted personnel.
“We are very thankful to Australia for being among the countries that provided us with much needed defense assistance during Marawi crisis. They helped our troops in locating terrorist positions in difficult urban terrain with their sophisticated equipment and they provided aid to our displaced brothers in Marawi. The 10th Infantry Division is grateful to have hosted the 3rd Iteration of the Philippines-Australia Army to Army Exercise,” 10ID commander Major General Noel S. Clement said.