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Multinational medical exercise readies forces to save time, lives

By on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

A two-week joint medical exercise began with a kickoff ceremony here May 28.

Exercise Shared Resilience 2012 is an annual U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored exercise with a goal to strengthen interoperability; facilitate training in disaster management and crisis response; and validate the readiness of deployable multinational medical and humanitarian assistance teams.

Participating nations include Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Norway, Slovenia, Serbia and the United States.

“Training is very important,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Marks, the Shared Resilience 2012 co-director. “Shared Resilience 2012 allows the United States and our partner nations to train together in order to be a more effective medical community later. We’re exchanging ideas and techniques at the multinational level to speed coordination and ultimately save lives.”

Exercise participants will train using disaster scenarios possible in Bosnia-Herzegovina, which include wildfires, floods or earthquakes. The mountainous region can make medical evacuation difficult if not impossible, officials said.

Evaluators will observe the medical readiness and capabilities of the host and participating nations. Exchanging information and techniques allows regional and international medical teams to garner a bigger picture of how to aid the wounded in this part of the world.

Hosting the exercise represents a great honor for Bosnia-Herzegovina, said Marina Pendes, the Bosnian-Herzegovinian deputy minister of defense. It symbolizes the trust, security and stability of the entire region since many neighboring countries are involved.

Partnership events like these offer an excellent opportunity to test and improve medical capabilities, Pendes continued. Having those increased capabilities furthers one of the roles of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian armed forces, which is to support civilian authorities during natural and other catastrophes.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe is the lead U.S. organizer of the exercise, and SR12 is one of several military engagement programs conducted by U.S. European Command.

“Our focus in the first week here is to train with a single mission to become interoperable, supporting each other in the event of a contingency such as a natural disaster,” Marks said. “During the second week, we will test that training with an exercise and demonstration to representatives from multiple nations.”

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Phoenix Express 2012 Continues Multinational Training

By on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Sailors assigned to guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) participated in a multinational training exercise aboard the Hellenic navy training ship Aris at the NATO Maritime Interdiction Operations Training Center (NMIOTC) in support of exercise Phoenix Express 2012 (PE12) in Souda Bay, Crete, May 12.

The training included boarding procedures, proper weapons handling, and engaging compliant and non-compliant ships. It also gave the multinational service members the opportunity to train with other countries and learn to work together.

Working together in an environment where security forces come from many different nations and backgrounds means the instructors had to make sure the participants were at the same capability level in order to properly function as a team during the training.

“This training is important because these are the basics,” said Senior Chief Fire Controlman Allen Bylls, a Simpson boarding team member. “You want to do this in a controlled training environment so you can get the fundamentals down before you go out into a real world situation.”

The combined training also helps service members identify and overcome potential obstacles that could get in the way of the team’s performance.

“One of the biggest obstacles we encountered was the language barrier,” said U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Brenton Paulk, a staff instructor from Rota, Spain. “It’s something we are learning to overcome during our training and I think learning how to interact with other nations will be helpful during real-world maritime interdiction operation.”

PE12, a multinational maritime exercise between Southern European, North African and U.S. Naval forces, is designed to improve cooperation among participating nations and help increase safety and security in the Mediterranean Sea.

Participants and observers in PE12 include Algeria, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Libya, Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and United States.

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Multinational officials plan for Cobra Gold 2012

Loading ... Loading …By Air Force News Agency on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Thailand: Military planners from more than 24 nations are in Thailand making a plan to deal with aggressive Arcadian military forces that took over a portion of neighboring Khuistan and Free Mojave on the subcontinent of Pacifica.

The countries, timeline and scenario of the Arcadia situation are make-believe, but this staff exercise, part of Cobra Gold 2011, is as real as the 200-plus people working on just this portion of the overall event.

Participants in the STAFFEX are planning the operational exercise for Cobra Gold 2012. The plan they develop over the next two weeks will be the plan used in February 2012 when a new group of people congregate in Thailand to respond to the Arcadia situation.

The countries involved now are pretending it is November 2011, and they are writing a plan to implement on a subcontinent in the Pacific Ocean. The fictional continent is an exact geographical match of a cutout area of North America.

“We’re not going there to fight a war with Arcadia,” said Thai army Col. Suriya Eamsuro, the STAFFEX lead planner. “The plan shouldn’t be to take people and weapons out, but to deploy forces and use information operations to help Arcadia to think what they did wasn’t right, and we shouldn’t have to fight at all.”

The 25-year Thai army veteran said he is honored that Thailand is the lead nation for Cobra Gold, but he worries some of the benefits of the training will be lost in translation.

“It takes time to understand what is written and said in English,” Colonel Eamsuro said. “I worry it will affect the STAFFEX mission. Misunderstandings can be minor to major; just like what happens in a real operation.”

U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Vince Koopmann, the coalition lead planner for Cobra Gold, said building partnerships is more important than the final product produced at the STAFFEX.

“The fact that we come from varying services, backgrounds and unique experiences should not be viewed as an impediment to our success, but melded to leverage the collective expertise of our cohesive multinational force team,” Major Koopman said. “The most important aspect of CG 2011 isn’t the products we produce, but the relationships we build between our multinational partners.”

Lt. Col. Adrian Kinimaka, of STAFFEX Air Force Forces, said this is his first Cobra Gold, and he is still learning from other members of his section who have been to this exercise in years past.

“At this level, what I’ve seen is willingness to learn from each other,” he said. “The United States has a lot to offer. Our partners are receptive and are taking initiative to work with us in certain key areas.”

The outcome of the Arcadia situation won’t be known for about year because the scenario won’t be implemented until February 2012.

The nations gathered will develop a plan that will eventually bring peace and stability to entire Pacifica region, Colonel Eamsuro said. Friendships built now will also pay big dividends if the nations involved ever have to respond to a real crisis.

CG 2011 is the 30th time multinational forces have gathered in Thailand for this exercise. The annual Thai and United States co-sponsored joint and multinational event includes Thailand, the United States, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore as participating nations. In addition, representatives from 18 multinational planning augmentation team nations and observer nations include Cambodia, China, Italy, Russia and South Africa.


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European training command offering counter-IED training to multinational forces

Loading ... Loading …By USArmy on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Germany: On March 18, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates outlined a directive to the combatant commanders to tangibly support partnered nations to “increase the effectiveness of their forces to counter improvised explosive devices.”

The directive states; “we must now move forward with concrete actions to assist our coalition partners and enhance their C-IED (counter-improvised explosive device) capabilities in the areas of equipment, training and technical expertise.”

In response to this directive European Command, and subsequently U.S. Army in Europe tasked the Joint Multinational Training Command, or JMTC, in Grafenwoehr, Germany, to increase the capacity of C-IED training for our partner nations in Europe.

The JMTC has always worked with partner nations to conduct training during brigade rotations, and specifically on C-IED to ensure the success of the mission and to save soldiers lives; no matter what flag they are wearing.

One unique aspect of the JMTC’s U.S. and NATO training rotations is the participation of coalition forces, which enhance the training environment. Partnered nations act as Afghan Army replicators or additional units on the battlefield, such as Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) or company maneuver formations.

They in turn receive training on C-IED in a counter insurgency, commonly referred to as COIN, environment as part of a larger brigade force. Thirty percent of the forces that make up the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan are coalition forces, and of that 30 percent, more than 80 percent are from the U.S. European Command’s area of responsibility.

It’s a natural fit for JMTC to assist partners in C-IED training and capacity building, whether in Germany or at their home station.

At the JMTC, C-IED training focuses on collective training from patrol-size elements to brigade-and-battalion battle staffs. The JMTC teaches many courses to help partnered nations build capacity, as well as multinational C-IED cooperation.

The Defeat the Device Baseline Course, conducted at Hohenfels, focuses on senior noncommissioned officers and junior company-grade officers, providing them a baseline understanding of C-IEDs to facilitate the training of their own troops prior to deployment.

The Attack the Network Battle Staff Course, conducted at the host nation, focuses on battalion and brigade staffs and prepares them to operate in a C-IED or COIN, environment.

Train the Force Situational Training Exercise, or TtF STX, focuses on a battalion’s company and platoon patrols preparing formations for deployment, and enabling nations to build capacity in their country through C-IED training. The C-IED TtF STX is taught at Hohenfels and in the host nation.

The JMTC’s CIED Master Trainer course conducted at Grafenwoehr, builds on the Defeat- the-Device Course by providing partner nations Master Trainers to expand and build on their Train-the-Force and Attack-the-Network capability.

In 2010, JMTC trained more than 4,000 U.S. and multinational Soldiers as part of brigade rotations.

The JMTC implemented a multinational Defeat-the-Device Route Clearance Patrol course in November while also standing up the “Badger” C-IED Training team, which will be fully operational in spring 2011.

The multinational courses at JMTC are focused on two things: preparing soldiers for combat in a C-IED/COIN environment, and saving soldiers lives no matter what flag they wear. All courses are conducted in accordance with International Security Assistance Force and NATO standards.

The JMTC will continue to support our coalition partners and assist in building national capacity as part of the Security Forces Agreement outlined by Secretary Gates.


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