The US Army Pacific (USARPAC) has activated its third multi-domain task force (MDTF) at Fort Shafter in Hawaii, the second specialty unit to operate in the Indo-Pacific region.   

The new task force joins other similar units to form the US Army Pacific.

At present, the USARPAC is assessing options to integrate the unit with Theatre Army drills, including Operation Pathways, and to work in coordination with allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

The MDTF is expected to reach full operational capability in fiscal year 2023.  

With experience in the theatre, Colonel David Zinn, will serve as the unit’s first commander.

Zinn said: “Our activation in Hawaii reflects the Army’s commitment to this theatre as our nation’s priority.

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“We bring increased capacity and complementary capability to the joint force in the Pacific. Our formation will provide capability to synchronise long-range precision effects, with long-range precision fires, providing increased freedom of action for the joint force.”

The task forces as theatre-specific units leverage long-range precision effects such as cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence, and long-range fires.

The first MDTF was activated in 2017 at Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington, US. The unit focused on the Indo-Pacific region.

The second task force is operational in Germany and is aligned with the US Army Europe and Africa.

US Army Pacific commander general Charles Flynn said: “Our MDTFs are essential to building joint readiness, strengthens interoperability with our allies and partners, and denying adversaries key terrain.”

In June this year, the USARPAC and Royal Brunei Land Forces (RBLF) conducted the second iteration of the Pahlawan Warrior military exercise at Lumut Camp, Brunei.