500th MI hosts Pacific Foundry Open House for senior NCOs

| July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Devin M. Patterson (left), assisted by Staff Sgt. Alicia M. Houle (Far left) give senior NCOs a practical exercise to demonstrate how critical thinking works during the Pacific Foundry Open House hosted by 500th MIB-T on Schofield Barracks, June 28. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley, 500th Military Intelligence Brigade Public Affairs)

Story and photo by
Sgt. Shameeka R. Stanley
500th Military Intelligence Brigade
Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade-Theater (MIB-T) hosted an open house for senior noncommissioned officers assigned to units on Oahu.

The open house informed senior leaders about the training opportunities afforded to MI Soldiers within their formations at the Pacific Foundry facility, here, June 28.

During the open house, participants received informational briefings and observed demonstrations on the various capabilities that the Pacific Foundry has to offer.

The students will go through training courses, which typically last one to two weeks, taught by subject matters experts (SMEs) within the 500th MIB-T and 25th Infantry Division. The SMEs represent the intelligence disciplines of Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Signal Intelligence, (SIGINT), Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) and All Source Intelligence.

“It was a success. We had about 25 senior NCOs from across the installation, and we received positive feedback immediately after the event,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Tammy M. Everette, senior NCO, 500th MIB-T. “If one of them utilizes the cadre and facility, then we were successful,” she said. “The training resource is there for them to use; our job is to inform them about it.”

The Pacific Foundry serves units throughout U.S Pacific Command’s (USPACOM) area of operation. It also has a mobile training team available, upon request, to go to those units that are located in Alaska, Japan and Korea to assist command teams with providing training to their MI Soldiers.

In addition, the SMEs can cater the training curriculum specifically to meet a unit’s mission needs or simply provide oversight and guidance on their daily mission.

“I think the turn out was more than what we expected and was well received,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jill A. Struble, Pacific Foundry, NCO in charge. “Our focus stressed that intelligence drives operations, but without operations, there is no intelligence,” she said. “It comes full circle, and our hope is to bridge the gap between the two by training the MI Soldier according to doctrine.”
Throughout the training, the students can expect to learn new strategies and techniques using specialized equipment that is only available at the Pacific Foundry.

The HUMINT course allows students to practice their tradecraft using the on-site modules designed for conducting interviews, in addition to learning how to write a report. SIGINT students learn how to operate various types of equipment used to collect data for analysis and reporting. GEOINT students can enhance their tradecraft through courses such as “Ground Moving Target Indicator” and “Tactical Full Motion Video.”

For students who will participate in the All Source training, the cadre will teach them critical thinking skills and how to use various tools and databases found on the Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A), which is a learning tool that teaches students how to encompass different aspects of intelligence.

Struble added, “The open house showed senior leaders that by sending their MI Soldiers through Pacific Foundry training they can leverage them more effectively.

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