HIARNG, Indonesian soldiers share military tactics

| March 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Maj. Ronald Oshiba, HIARNG, shows Soldiers from the Indonesia Army an MRE during the Non-commissioned Officer Subject Matter Expert Exchange for the Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program in Bandung, Indonesia at the PUSDIKIF Infantry Education Center Feb. 25, 2016. The NCO exchange is designed for military personnel from Hawaii and the Indonesian NCOs to learn each other's military tactics, procedures and culture all while building a lasting friendship.

Sgt. Maj. Ronald Oshiba, HIARNG, explains an MRE during the NCOSMEE for the Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program in Bandung, Indonesia at the PUSDIKIF Infantry Education Center, Feb. 25. The exchange is designed for Guardsmen from Hawaii and Indonesian NCOs to learn each other’s military tactics, procedures and culture, all while building a lasting friendship.

Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Herrmann
Army News Service

BANDUNG, Indonesia — Six members of the Hawaii Army National Guard participated sin Hawaii’s State Partnership Program’s seventh Noncommissioned Officer Subject Matter Expert Exchange (SMEE), here, Feb. 22-26.

The exchange is designed for NCOs from Hawaii and Indonesia to learn each other’s military tactics, procedures and culture while building lasting friendships.

“This is a great opportunity for us to build interoperability and capacity as NCOs in support of the U.S. Pacific Command’s theater security cooperation plan,” said Sgt. Major Ronald Oshiba, HIARNG operations senior enlisted adviser.

Thirty-one Indonesian soldiers, divided into four squads, were assigned an HIARNG mentor to learn classroom and hands-on instruction. Topics such as leadership, rank structure, how to evaluate a casualty, map reading and how women have evolved in the U.S. military were covered.

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Herrmann Indonesian Soldier Second Sgt. Dara Indah demonstrates with Sgt. 1st Class Christian Staszkow, a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard, on how to check an "unresponsive" Soldier's airway for blockage during the Non-commissioned Officer Subject Matter Expert Exchange for the Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program in Bandung, Indonesia at the PUSDIKIF Infantry Education Center Feb. 25, 2016. The NCO exchange is designed for military personnel from Hawaii and the Indonesian NCOs to learn each other's military tactics, procedures and culture all while building a lasting friendship.

Indonesian Soldier Second Sgt. Dara Indah demonstrates with Sgt. 1st Class Christian Staszkow, HIARNG, on how to check an “unresponsive” Soldier’s airway for blockage.

“The class about women in the military was enjoyable and very interesting,” said Second Sgt. Dara Indah, the first female Indonesian NCO to attend the course. “It gave me motivation and inspires me to do my best. It made me more proud to be a woman in the Army.”

Mentors from the Indonesian army presented classes on their basic rank structure and the 11 principles of leadership they live up to.

“We benefit greatly from the Indonesian Army, because we learn the way they operate, while exchanging experiences and culture,” said Sgt. 1st Class Christian Stazskow, SMEE mentor. “Culturally, we are a lot alike. The hardest part of this exercise is saying goodbye because after a week of training together we develop a lifelong friendship.”

“We have a great partnership,” said Chief Sgt. Hardi Kurmiwan, Indonesian Army.

Master Sgt. Balendran Anandarajah, HIARNG, instructs a class on leadership during the Non-commissioned Officer Subject Matter Expert Exchange for the Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program in Bandung, Indonesia at the PUSDIKIF Infantry Education Center Feb. 22, 2016. The NCO exchange is designed for military personnel from Hawaii and the Indonesian NCOs to learn each other's military tactics, procedures and culture all while building a lasting friendship.

Master Sgt. Balendran Anandarajah, HIARNG, instructs a class on leadership  in Bandung, Indonesia at the PUSDIKIF Infantry Education Center, Feb. 22.

“We learn from the U.S. Soldiers and they learn from us. … We train together.”

Every morning before training began, each squad performed a motivational motto, a loud rhythmic chant.

“Our squad leaders always encourages us to do our motto, so all of us go to class with the same spirit,” said Kurmiwan. “So, when we yell and clap, the person with no spirit will forget his problems.”

Stazskow plans on using this technique at home to motivate his Soldiers.

“The best thing I can bring back home for my Soldiers is the Indonesian NCO spirit,” said Stazskow. “They have the greatest spirit out of any Soldiers I have ever met. They come with a positive attitude and are fully engaged while they train.”

After the classroom instruction, the troops applied what was learned in the field during an infantry patrol practical exercise.

“The exercise is a new thing for some of us,” said Sgt. Major. Tommy Effendi, Indonesian Army. “I learned that the U.S. Army really appreciates life; the safety of your Soldier is a priority. If one of your Soldiers is injured, you carry them to safety, treat their wounds and you never leave them behind. The U.S. really respects humanity and human rights.”

Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Theanne Herrmann U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hazel Donato a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard asks Soldiers from the Indonesia Army to find the distance between two points on a military map during the Non-commissioned Officer Subject Matter Expert Exchange for the Hawaii Army National Guard State Partnership Program in Bandung, Indonesia, at the PUSDIKIF Infantry Education Center Feb. 26, 2016. The NCO exchange is designed for military personnel from Hawaii and the Indonesian NCOs to learn each other's military tactics, procedures and culture all while building a lasting friendship.


Sgt. 1st Class Hazel Donato, HIARNG,  asks Indonesian soldiers to find the distance between two points on a military map.

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Effendi mentioned that he hopes the NCO exchange will continue not only next year, but also for many years to come.

“We are looking forward to continuing and enhancing our partnership because I feel that our NCOs have learned just as much as we have shared,” said Sgt. Maj. Ronald Oshiba. “I know we are going to go back to the U.S. as better NCOs ourselves.”

 

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