US-Indian Army Combined Training Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2007

CHAUBATTIA, India – More than 120 Soldiers from Fort Wainwright, Alaska are training in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains with their Indian counterparts during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02, in order to build on existing skills and share tactics with their Indian counterparts.

The Soldiers, from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, will be in India until mid-November and are spending approximately one week in a cantonment area before relocating and conducting a field training exercise.

An exchange was made during the opening ceremony, where C Company’s 1st Platoon attached to 2nd Battalion, 5th Group, 5th Ghurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) and their 4th Platoon, B Co., paired with the Gimlets.

During the time in the cantonment area, classes are being conducted by the ghurkhas to familiarize C Co. with how 5th GR conducts searches, raids and other counter insurgency activities in a low-intensity insurgency. The Gimlets demonstrated for their hosts how the American Army handles deliberate attacks and other standard infantry operations in high-intensity insurgency environments.

The FTX included various low-intensity, counter-insurgent actions; such as raids, civic assistance missions and quick reaction team operations.

In addition to standard military training and exercise, the Gimlets are being exposed to yoga by participating in morning sessions with the Ghurkha soldiers – led by a special physical fitness cadre of master yoga instructors.

The cantonment area the Gimlets are training in has a long and storied past. Originally established by the British army more than 130 years ago, it is now occupied by several Indian army units. The hospital here uses buildings built by the British when they established the cantonment area.

(Less than 50 meters from the current building the Soldiers from C Co. live in, a monument stands on the roadside that memorializes the British establishment of the base in Chaubattia.)

Beyond training, both countries’ soldiers gathered together on the evening of Nov. 9 to observe a fireworks display in honor of the Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.

An assault team from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, clears an objective during a demonstration for Battalion, 5th Group, 5th Ghurkha Rifles (Frontier Force) during Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Pvt. Ryan Sorenson, a Soldier from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, gives last minute instructions on the operation of a M4 carbine to Lance Cpl. V Rajushrestha, a member of India’s B Coy, 2nd Battalion, 5th Group, 5th Ghurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), before Rajushrestha fires live ammunition to familiarize himself with the rifle. The 3-21st Inf. Regt., Soldiers were in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02 from 25 October to 15 November with the 2/5 GR. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Sgt. Gurdev Singh, a Indian Army master physical fitness instructor, leads Soldiers from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, in a Yoga exercise during morning fitness training. C Company is in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Sgt. Brian Eulo, from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, are shown the correct posture for a Yoga exercise by Indian army master physical fitness instructor. C Co. is in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Private 1st Class Waylon Scantling, a Soldier from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, coaches Lance Cpl. V Rajushrestha, a member of India’s B Coy, 2nd Battalion, 5th Group, 5th Ghurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), during a live-fire familiarization on the M4 carbine. The 3-21st Inf. Regt., Soldiers were in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02 from 25 October to 15 November with the 2/5 GR. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Practicing on the Range

Weapons familiarization training

Sgt. Damian Wiles, a cook in 25th Brigade Support Battalion, talks about food standards with Mav, a hotel owner contracted to provide meals for C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division while the unit is in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Sgt. Andrew Benedict, a Soldier from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, instructs Rifleman Raj Kumar Shrestha, a member of India’s B Coy, 2nd Battalion, 5th Group, 5th Ghurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), on the use of a M203 grenade launcher. The Soldiers from 3-21st Inf. Regt., were in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02 from 25 October to 15 November with the 2/5 GR. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

Pvt. Ryan Sorenson, a Soldier from C Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, gives last minute instructions on the operation of a M4 carbine to Lance Cpl. V Rajushrestha, a member of India’s B Coy, 2nd Battalion, 5th Group, 5th Ghurkha Rifles (Frontier Force), before Rajushrestha fires live ammunition to familiarize himself with the rifle. The 3-21st Inf. Regt., Soldiers were in India participating in Exercise Yudh Abhyas 07-02 from 25 October to 15 November with the 2/5 GR. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew T MacRoberts) (Released)

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