An AH-64 Apache assigned to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, provides fire support using its M230 Chain Gun at a target during a live fire exercise for Tiger Balm 18 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on May 24, 2018. Tiger Balm is a bilateral exercise held yearly between the U.S. and Singapore armies. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)
Troops from the U.S. and Singapore participated in a combined arms live-fire exercise last week at the Battle Area Complex in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, according to a U.S. Army release.
The Singaporean participants include teams assigned to the 6th Singapore Infantry Division and 10th Singapore Infantry Brigade. The U.S. participants included 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division; the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Hawaii Army National Guard; 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, California Army National Guard, and an element of AH-64E Apache helicopters from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID.
CALFEX, as the exercise is called, saw integration of both sides' fires and air counterparts in a combined exercise, according to Singapore Army Commander, 6th Division Col. Leung Shing Tai.
“During my visit to the CALFEX, I witnessed our Soldiers communicating directly to the U.S. Apache gunship to direct fires onto the target—another first in Tiger Balm history," he said.