196th Inf. leads way in irregular warfare

| February 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

Sgt. 1st Class Julius Torres
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 196th Infantry Brigade, U.S. Army-Pacific

196th Inf. Bde.

196th Inf. Bde.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — In preparation for their deployment to the Philippines, the National Guard’s 29th Forward Detachment, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, received some in-depth briefings on “irregular warfare” from the 196th Inf. Bde., U.S. Army-Pacific.

The 196th Inf. Bde. used USARPAC’s Asian Pacific Irregular Warfare Analyst Center, or AP-IrWAC, to provide the briefings covering the Philippines area of operations.

Providing professional, high-quality training support to Reserve and National Guard units throughout the USARPAC AOR is part of the mission of the 196th Inf. Bde., as well as providing effective training assistance to units during pre- and post-mobilization readiness to meet a unit’s full-spectrum operations.

The in-depth AOR briefing, Jan. 25, brought the 29th Fwd. Det. up to date on the most relevant facts about the Philippines. The briefing provided the detachment with information on the country’s political and cultural aspects and cutting-edge training in the fight to defeat improvised explosive devices.

Michael Jones, an analyst from the AP-IrWAC, USARPAC, has been working within the Philippines AOR for years, and he used his experience in the field to brief Soldiers deploying there.

Jones said he is continuously looking for ways to improve the information that he can provide to Soldiers.

His ultimate message was quite clear: “You have to remain vigilant, at all times, despite the deceiving low numbers of conflicts in this region,” he said. “You can never let your guard down.”

With coordination from the 196th Inf. Bde.’s intelligence office, the 29th Fwd. Det. received intelligence oversight of the AOR.

After the briefing, the 29th Fwd. Det. took what it learned to the training area to conduct hands-on training in IED lanes. The lanes training helped ensure Soldiers are fully prepared to accomplish their mission when the unit deploys in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines.

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