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An Indian soldier prepares to advance toward a village during the training exercise with U.S. soldiers from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
An Indian soldier prepares to advance toward a village during the training exercise with U.S. soldiers from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Crista Yazzie/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
An Indian soldier prepares to advance toward a village during the training exercise with U.S. soldiers from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
An Indian soldier prepares to advance toward a village during the training exercise with U.S. soldiers from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (Crista Yazzie/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)
U.S. Army Sgt. John Gentry, left, and Indian Army Lt. Bikram Jit Singh discuss strategy during range training earlier this month at Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09.
U.S. Army Sgt. John Gentry, left, and Indian Army Lt. Bikram Jit Singh discuss strategy during range training earlier this month at Exercise Yudh Abhyas 09. (Crista Yazzie/Courtesy of the U.S. Air Force)

U.S. and Indian soldiers have been training together this month in India during Exercise Yudh Abhyas, an annual battalion-level exercise with a focus on peacekeeping operations.

Participants are from the Indian army’s 7th Mechanized Infantry Battalion, 94th Armored Brigade, 31st Armored Division and the U.S. Army’s 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division from Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

The armies exchanged knowledge of tactics, techniques and procedures, and tried out each other’s weapons and vehicles.

The Americans were also treated to a feast in honor of Diwali, the Indian festival of lights.

Yudh Abhyas 09 began Oct. 12 and is scheduled to end Thursday.

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