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Valiant Shield - troops, tactics, and gear

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 by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Exercise Valiant Shield continues off Guam's shores and despite the recent weather, nothing can stop the US Armed Services from flexing their military might. From the air, land, sea and cyberspace, Exercise Valiant Shield not only puts the skills of the US Armed Forces to the test but provides an opportunity to showcase their ability to work together or as Team USA.

USS George Washington Commanding Officer Captain Gregory Fenton said, "I think the overarching purpose of this   is really to demonstrate the interoperability that we have between the US Armed Services; that is certainly come a long way I think it's being put on display during Valiant Shield  2014 ."

80 miles off shore from Guam the military is testing their aerial defense capability, as well as submerged and surface operations against a simulated robust adversary.

Battle Force 7th Fleet Task Force 70 Carrier Strike Group Rear Admiral Mark Montgomery told KUAM News, "It gives us a greatest opportunity to exercise our newest systems and to work the tactics techniques and procedures that we use to conduct high end warfare both on the sea under the sea in the air over land and in cyberspace, so it's a comprehensive ten-day or so event."

Valiant Shield takes place every other year, sponsored by the US Pacific Command. Lessons learned from the exercise will be used to better our nation's defense.  Participants include two aircraft carriers, 19 surface ships, more than 200 aircraft and an estimated 18,000 personnel from the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

Read Admiral Montgomery said, "I think it's been pretty impressive how forces have come together basically from all over the Continental United States  areas all over Asia come together fairly rapidly to go on comprehensively challenging exercises fairly seamlessly."

Valiant Shield wraps up next Tuesday.
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