205th MI BN strengthens Australian partnership through capstone exercise

| June 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Soldiers with 205th Military Intelligence Battalion consolidate concertina wire after the battalionÕs joint field training exercise, 24 May, Schofield Barracks.

Soldiers with 205th Military Intelligence Battalion consolidate concertina wire after the battalion’s joint field training exercise, 24 May.

 

2nd Lt. Diego Alonso
205th Military Intelligence Battalion Public Affairs
500th MI Brigade

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from the 205th Military Intelligence Battalion conducted a multidiscipline joint field training exercise, May 19-24 at the Pacific Foundry Academy and other areas, here.

The FTX tested Soldiers’ abilities to conduct all-source analysis and production, counterintelligence and human intelligence from a deployed environment.

In keeping with the Army’s future operating concept, the battalion hosted Australian Army intelligence analysts from 1st Intel. Bn. to participate alongside 205th MI Soldiers.

“This culminating training event, close to a year in the making, was an important way for us to exercise our most likely expeditionary responsibilities in support of a Pacific contingency operation and build upon an already strong relationship with our Australian partners,” explained Lt. Col. James Cogbill, commander, 205th MI Bn.

Spc. Reed Petersen, IEW, removes wires from the TROJAN Satellite Communications system.

Spc. Reed Petersen, IEW, removes wires from the TROJAN Satellite Communications system.

The intelligence analysts mobilized the Deployable Intelligence Support Element to the field training site and conducted around-the-clock, real-world analysis in support of U.S. Army-Pacific.

The analyst portion of the FTX culminated in a collaborative product between both nations that was briefed to the Deputy Commanding General-North, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Bilton, U.S. Army-Pacifiac Intelligence, and Australian Army representatives by video teleconference in both countries.

“It’s the first instance that we are training on U.S. intelligence systems as a group,” said Lt. Murray of Australia’s 1Intel Bn. “The relationship between 205th MI Bn. and 1 Intel. is really about increasing integration, sharing information and sharing professional development.”

Soldiers exercised their specific skill set in a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief scenario at the Foundry in A Quad.

The scenario involved teams deploying to a Southeast Asian country after an earthquake decimated an island and left the government vulnerable to an overthrow. Soldiers conducted counterintelligence, screening, interrogation and source operations to identify threats to relief efforts and threats to government stability.

“This type of FTX provided us with the opportunity to be more familiar with the countries in our area of operation,” said Spc. Nathan St. Croix, a human intelligence collector, Company C, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Brigade. “It gave us context to know how effectively we would operate as a team during a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief event.”

Deputy Commanding General-North, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Bilton, USARPAC Intelligence section, talks with Soldiers from 205th Military Intelligence Battalion during the battalionÕs joint field training exercise, May 23, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Deputy Commanding General-North, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Bilton, USARPAC Intelligence section, talks with Soldiers from 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, May 23.

To prepare for the field exercise, Soldiers conducted a week of academics at Foundry and the Mission Training Complex.

In addition, the Australian intelligence analysts were put through a week of Distributed Common Ground System-Army training conducted by Sgt. Gary Morton, an intelligence analyst with the 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde.

“This is the first time we have done military-to-military DCGS-A training at the Five Eye level,” said Morton. “With this training, the Australians are now able to produce intelligence products out in the field with both countries working together.”

The week prior to FTX execution also gave time for the 205th MI Bn. to take the Australian Soldiers to tour the USS Arizona Memorial on Pearl Harbor, and other parts of Oahu, such as Bellows Beach Park and the North Shore.

The 205th MI BN also conducted joint physical training events with the Australians, including a biathlon at the Ko ‘Olina Lagoons and a 5-mile run at Kaena Point.

 

 

Deputy Commanding General-North, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Bilton, USARPAC Intelligence section, Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Lt. Col. James Cogbill, commander, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., and other multination partners gather for an intelligence briefing during the battalion’s joint field training exercise, May 23, Schofield Barracks.

Deputy Commanding General-North, Australian Army Maj. Gen. Gregory Bilton, USARPAC Intelligence section, Col. Patrick J. Wempe, commander, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade, Lt. Col. James Cogbill, commander, 205th MI Bn., 500th MI Bde., and other multination partners gather for an intelligence briefing during the exercise, May 23.

 

 

 

 

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