FORT SILL, OK (KSWO)- For the sixth year in a row, the Singaporean Army and Air Force returned to Fort Sill for "Operation Daring Warrior".
This is a month long-joint training exercise between Fort Sill's 75th Field Artillery Brigade, and units from Singapore. The soldiers work side-by-side as allies, working through field artillery training with classroom, practice and live -firing exercises. About 300 Singaporean soldiers worked with Fort Sill soldiers launching weapons from the air and ground.
One of the live firing exercises demonstrated at Fort Sill was the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS. It's a weapon that the Singaporean Army cannot train on in their country because they simply don't have a firing range large enough, so they've been coming to Fort Sill for the past six years to do so. Lance Corporal Gideon Lim has only been in the Army for a year. This was his first time coming to the U.S.
"For this whole deployment we are able to track live rounds, such as artillery rounds as well and rockets. It has been a great experience for us. We managed to learn a lot and grow a lot. It has been a wonderful experience for us to the U.S. military”, said Lim.
Lim said the mountains and rugged terrain of Fort-Sill allows them to work in a realistic environment. He will use the training he learned and teach it to other soldiers in Singapore.
The opportunity was not just for the Singaporeans but for the United States as well.
Captain Nicholas Fultz said the two allies worked together communicating and setting up different targets. They even practiced firing shots from 2 Apache helicopters.
"We both like to train hard and work hard. We both take care and pride in what we do as an army so I think the most important thing for us is that we can see that they are very capable just as we are and that we have great faith in them as an army. When we go forward and deploy together there won’t be any issues”, said Fultz.
Colonel Michael Ma is the Chief of Artillery of the Singapore Armed Forces. He said even though they accomplished their goals of firing the HIMARS and Apache helicopters. The experience of working with the U.S. Army is like no other.
"Being able to share and learn operational experiences and how we do things and how the Americans would dot it I think it has been a fantastic experience”, said Ma.
After the firing the rockets Senior Minister of the state Mr. Ong Ye Kung worked alongside the soldiers. He thanked every solider and took pictures with them.
Officials from Fort-Sill said they will continue to work with the Singaporean Army and Air Force Base in the future. They value their friendship, and handwork.