Keris Strike is an annual, bilateral exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Pacific and hosted by the Malaysian Armed Forces. This year marks the 18th iteration of the exercise, which contributes to enhancing U.S. and Malaysian defense readiness and tactical interoperability while strengthening the bilateral relationship.
The CPX will challenge personnel with planning and coordinating several missions using the military decision-making process, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and battle drills. The missions will be focused on Peacekeeping Operations/Stability Operations and training will be based on UN training standards with emphasis on Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief.
Keris Strike 14 provides the venue for the exchange of tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) for Peace Support Operations with an emphasis on C-IED tactical operations, demonstrating U.S. resolve to support the security interests of allies and partners in the region.
Keris Strike 14 is the second exercise in USARPAC’s “Pacific Pathways” 2014 program. Approximately 700 soldiers from the 2-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team (2-2 SBCT), 7th Infantry Division, I Corps, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., have been deployed to execute exercises Garuda Shield 2014, Keris Strike 2014, and Orient Shield 2014 for Pacific Pathways. A battalion-sized element of 2-2 SBCT was deployed to Indonesia for Garuda Shield and a smaller element of 2-2 SBCT will be deployed to Malaysia for Keris Strike. The 2-2 SBCT will then travel to Japan for Orient Shield, and redeploy to JBLM once complete. The 2-2 SBCT will be augmented by numerous enabling units during each exercise.