US Army brings Strykers for Balikatan 2019

The United States Army has brought its eight-wheeled Strykers in the Philippines for Exercise Balikatan 2019.

U.S. Army Strykers from the 5th Battalion, 20th Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, simulate a defensive position as the infantry prepares to make a simulated assault on opposing forces during Exercise Balikatan 2019 at Camp O’Donnell, Philippines, April 5, 2019. US ARMY PHOTO

US Army Strykers participated in the Combined Arms Live Fire Exercise (CALFEX) held at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base, Crow Valley in Tarlac on April 10.

“Service members from across the Philippine and U.S. militaries came together using their ground maneuver, artillery, mortars and air elements to successfully execute this complex live fire event,” said US Army Colonel Leo Wyszynski, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team Commander.

“Throughout the exercise, from planning to execution, we’ve shared tactics and techniques that will allow us better operate together to ensure regional stability,” Colonel Wyszynski added.

According to US military, prior to the live-fire execution, Philippine and U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force troops spent many days rehearsing to coordinate the success of the mission.