Geospatial collaboration aids battlefield tactics, humanitarian assistance

| August 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Chief Warrant Officer Jason Dyals (bottom left) and Chief Warrant Officer Mitchel Dascent (far right), both with 5th Eng. Det., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, instruct MAF delegates on how to use ArcGIS software, recently. (2nd Lt. Kathleen Rose | 5th Engineer Detachment (Geospatial), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

Chief Warrant Officer Jason Dyals (bottom left) and Chief Warrant Officer Mitchel Dascent (far right), both with 5th Eng. Det., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, instruct MAF delegates on how to use ArcGIS software, recently. (2nd Lt. Kathleen Rose | 5th Engineer Detachment (Geospatial), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command)

5th Engineer Detachment (Geospatial) 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

FORT SHAFTER — A delegation from the Mongolian armed forces joint intelligence came, here, to collaborate with the 5th Engineer Detachment (Geospatial), 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, recently.

The MAF delegation participated in a subject matter expert exchange, or SMEE, with the 5th Eng. Det.

The 5th Eng. Det. helped the MAF improve its geospatial capabilities and support, and to enhance collaboration in achieving regional security goals.

“U.S. Army-Pacific’s ‘One Team’ intelligence has the most extensive Theater Security Cooperation Program in USARPAC,” said Col. Keith Geiger, intelligence, USARPAC. “The engagement by the 5th Eng. Det. was designed to enhance the MAF joint intelligence’s geospatial capabilities, as part of an overall program to build intelligence capacity.”

Deliverables included more than just exchanges of information.

“We have also built a strong relationship with the Mongolians in open-source intelligence, collection management and all-source analysis,” Geiger said. “This successful SMEE continues to add to that intelligence relationship. We have similar geospatial relationships with the Philippine army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force and the Malaysian army, and (we) will build on those in fiscal year 2012.”

The MAF delegation and Soldiers spent three days training on selected geospatial software.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to establish a working relationship and set the foundations for the first Mongolian geospatial team,” said Sgt. Brian Carter, geospatial engineer, 5th Eng. Det.

The SMEE focused on current geospatial technologies, using FalconView and ArcGIS software. FalconView is a mapping application that displays various types of maps and geographically-referenced overlays. ArcGIS is a suite consisting of a group of geographic information system software products.

MAF participants trained on both basic and advanced techniques applicable to these software products. Both software sets assist the commander during intelligence preparation of the battlefield and in analyzing geospatial methodology as it relates to intelligence planning.

“Multilateral cooperation proves beneficial and vital to all nations, by improving each of our organization’s readiness and abilities to respond to a wide range of contingencies, whether in response to humanitarian assistance disaster-relief scenarios or regional crises that affect security,” said Col. Jeffrey Milhorn, commander, 130th Eng. Bde. “These exercises contribute to a deeper understanding, improved training and commitment to a spirit of cooperation and partnership between our military forces.”

Due to the MAF’s limited exposure to the programs, the 5th Eng. Det. adopted a “train the trainer” hands-on approach, preceded by blocks of lecture-based instruction.

“Since the (MAF) are just starting a geospatial program, this was a good opportunity for us to provide them with much-needed training, as well as build a strong foundation for future interactions,” said 2nd Lt. Kathleen Rose, operations officer, 5th Eng. Det.

The MAF expressed gratitude in the new skills learned and quickly applied skills learned during the SMEE.

Maj. Enkhtsog Dagvadorj, commander, MAF, having been assigned the position of commander the day prior to departing for Hawaii, received hands-on introduction to geospatial engineering. He appreciated seeing what his soldiers will deal with on a daily basis and what they will be capable of producing.

“Working with the MAF enabled the 5th Eng. Det. to showcase their geospatial training skills, while providing a rich, cultural exchange that broadened the perspective of all participants,” said Chief Warrant Officer Mitchel Dascent, geospatial engineering technician, 5th Eng. Det.

 

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