USARPAC shares C-IED knowledge with IAF

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Karen Person
Army News Service

BOGOR, Indonesia — Improvised explosive devices are one of the most dangerous weapons Soldiers encounter during missions around the globe.

Thus, seasoned U.S. Soldiers taught Indonesian soldiers to face that danger, on their own terms, here, June 13.

Counter-IED training is the primary focus of field training exercises during Garuda Shield, which is an annual, U.S. Army-Pacific, bilateral exercise that actively promotes regional stability and security operations, while further strengthening relations between U.S. and Indonesia armed forces.

This year is the first time the two-week C-IED training has been incorporated into Exercise Garuda Shield, directly contributing to the tactical capacity of the more than 200 Indonesian participants.

Leading the FTX effort is USARPAC’s Asia-Pacific C-IED Fusion Center, a unit that provides training programs and intelligence products to enhance survivability for service members from U.S. and partner nations.

The FTX is designed to enable Soldiers to identify and defeat IEDs, according to Sgt. Maj. Cy Ross, FTX officer in charge and sergeant major of the Asia-Pacific Counter-IED Fusion Center.

“We want them to learn to be proactive when encountering IEDs. Having that skill will inevitably save their lives,” Ross said. “Some of these soldiers have never had this type of training before.

“That’s why it’s so important; it prepares them for the upcoming mission and gives them the confidence to react when necessary,” he said.

For the Indonesian soldiers, many of whom will deploy to Lebanon in support of United Nations’ peacekeeping missions, the training is invaluable.

“This training is a positive experience for our soldiers,” said 2nd Lt. Hendis Asies, platoon commander, 328th Airborne Infantry Battalion, IAF. “We are learning about personnel, vehicle and area searches — knowledge we need to prepare for our mission in Lebanon.”

During the first week of training, U.S. Soldiers instructed IAF platoon and squad leaders in a classroom environment. This train-the-trainer technique allowed the Indonesian leaders to train their own soldiers on the lessons learned in the subsequent week of training.

“We basically give them the tools and information to move forward, and let them impart that knowledge to their troops,” said Sgt. James Williams, FTX instructor, 15th Explosive Hazard Team, 65th Engineer Bn., 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

Williams, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran with extensive experience in route clearance, said the Indonesian service members came to the exercise with a great foundation for the training, but his team is able to show them extra techniques to further increase their combat capabilities.

“We are teaching them in gradual steps,” Ross said. “Each step gets harder and harder, so they are able to identify and react to potential threats more quickly. Each day these guys are getting better and better.”


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