Brazilian and American troops work together to achieve objectives in a simulated warBrazilian and American troops work together to achieve objectives in a simulated war

Ferreira Gomes (AP) – The objectives of the Task Force of the 52nd Jungle Infantry Battalion (FT 52° BIS), made up of Brazilian and American troops, were successfully achieved during Exercise CORE 23. The two Jungle Rifle Companies and the Tactical Command Post infiltrated a jungle environment at dawn, a strategy chosen to surprise the enemy in a simulated confrontation. The activity took place in an area of lakes and forest in the municipality of Ferreira Gomes, in the state of Amapá.

The commander of the 52nd BIS Task Force, Colonel Alexandre Granjeiro de Lima, highlighted the results achieved. “We were able to massify our training with infiltration in a jungle environment, attack and defense, as well as integration between the different arms, cadres and services. We were able to identify the command and control capacity of the Task Force, which had situational awareness of everything that was happening during the maneuver, and we proved the importance of logistics for the success of the operation.”

This phase began with the operational free jump, from an altitude of 10,000 feet, with twenty-one soldiers from the Special Forces and Paratrooper Precursors from Brazil and the United States. In the Jungle Landing Zone, the soldiers covered around 14 kilometers in enemy territory. The mission of the Special Forces troops was to carry out specialized reconnaissance of the objectives to be conquered. The Paratrooper Precursor Detachment focused on marking out the landing zone, as well as reconnoitring the area to help reorganize the troops that would carry out an airmobile assault.

The Airmobile Assault was then carried out using eleven aircraft from the Brazilian Army Aviation (AvEx). The aim was to infiltrate the troops from the air so that they could conquer a strategic location within enemy territory.

During the training, the mechanized troops of the 23rd Jungle Cavalry Fleet (23° Esqd Cav Sl), equipped with two Guarani armoured vehicles, ensured the security of the troops’ supply routes.

“We work in a region of dense forest, very characteristic of our Amazon region. This was a great opportunity to exchange knowledge, doctrine, tactics and procedures. It was an opportunity for our soldiers to get to know the American soldiers, as well as for the American soldier to see how our soldiers operate in the environment,” said the Commander of the 23rd Jungle Infantry Brigade, Brigadier General Eduardo Veiga.

Source: Northern Military Command *** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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