Malaysian C-IED teams build skills at Keris Strike 13

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Malaysian NCO creates a representation of an area that may contain components of an IED during counter-IED training at Keris Strike 13.

A Malaysian NCO creates a representation of an area that may contain components of an IED during counter-IED training at Keris Strike 13.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. William Sallette
U.S. Army-Pacific Command Public Affairs

LAPANGAN TERBAND CAMP, Malaysia — U.S. Army-Pacific and the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) completed phase III of a four-phase Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) training program, a joint operation as part of Keris Strike 13, Sept. 27.

This year’s training validated the Royal Engineer Regiment, 2nd Division C-IED teams for training and assisted them on their first course as they trained more than 120 combat engineers on C-IED operations.

Keris Strike is a USARPAC and MAF bilateral Theater Security Cooperation Program. Through participation in this exercise, the two countries strengthen their capabilities in military-to-military cooperation while focusing on international Peace Support Operations.

MAF currently conducts multiple peacekeeping missions in Lebanon and operations in Afghanistan. With missions like these, the MAF believed it was necessary to have its own C-IED Mobile Training Team to train Soldiers on the imposing threats they may encounter.

A Malaysian soldier uses a minesweeper to search for an IED during counter-IED training. Those trained can train other members of the MAF for future deployments in peacekeeping missions.

A Malaysian soldier uses a minesweeper to search for an IED during counter-IED training. Those trained can train other members of the MAF for future deployments in peacekeeping missions.

“Based on the global threat of terrorism and the security of our own nation, we need to keep a constant training regiment on C-IED operations,” said Maj. MD Lani Surihan, 8th Squadron, Royal Eng. Regt., 3rd Div.

“The Malaysian army has taken the instruction very well,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Kidd, a trainer for Asia-Pacific Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Fusion Center based at Fort Shafter. “It has been almost a year since we taught them the material needed to train their troops, and after speaking with them, you can tell they have continued to learn since we have been gone.”

The MAF C-IED training team taught vehicle and area searches, dismounted operations in an IED environment, the components and make up of many IEDs, and how to recognize common tactics used by insurgents.

Having a completely trained C-IED team gives the MAF a tool that not only allows them to train more engineers within their regiment on C-IED operations, but also allows them to train other members of the MAF on IED awareness for deployments to peacekeeping missions around the globe.

“The level of support we have received shows that they are truly all in on this training and that they are looking forward to a long-term sustainment plan with the U.S.,” said Michael Thomas, Asia-Pacific exercise plans leader for the C-IED Fusion Center.

With permanent MAF C-IED instructors in place, next year’s exercise will complete the training program and will be more of a refresher course for the MAF instructors as the USARPAC and MAF C-IED teams meet to not only conduct training, but also to update the training doctrine and come together to talk about the changes of the C-IED mission.

“Although we have our own team now, we want to continue our partner nation program to add more training and gain knowledge from the U.S. experiences during their deployments,” Surihan said.

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