Uncategorized

March 10, 2014

11th ACR, Japanese unit adapt, overcome for successful partnership

Troopers assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment review plans alongside soldiers of the
Japanese Ground Self Defense Force while training at the National Training Center in January.

A battalion of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force joined Troopers of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment for a first-of-its-kind training exercise at the National Training Center in January.

The training exercise aimed at preparing the 3-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division, from Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Wash., for worldwide deployment including the challenges faced while working with host nation militaries.  The exercise also gave United States and Japanese forces a chance to expand upon an existing partnership.

Before U.S. Army units deploy to the battlefield, they rotate through the NTC, where they must face Troopers of the 11th ACR, which acts as the unit’s sparring partner. The 11th ACR specialize in replicating opposing forces, Host Nation security forces, insurgencies and civilian populations.  The goal is to present major challenges to training units that come through NTC.  The visiting JGSDF battalion holds a similar mission – set while at their home station at Japan’s Camp Fuji Combined Arms Training Center.

For the rotation, JGSDF consisted of three mechanized infantry platoons and one tank platoon.  They paired with C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th ACR, to become Task Force Red Blitz, which aimed to replicate HNSF.  The 3-2 SBCT could then direct or assist Task Force Red Blitz in the same way they would during partnerships with real-world HNSF during overseas operations.

Captain Sebastian Engles, commander of C Troop, 1/11ACR, explained that initially a communication barrier existed between 11th ACR Troopers and Japanese Soldiers. Both units had to rely on interpreters to communicate. Technical aspects were even more difficult.

Troopers assigned to C Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment share camaraderie while training alongside soldiers of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force.

“It was a very unique experience,” Engles stated. “I think as we step back from Iraq and Afghanistan, a lot of my Troopers have not had the experience to work with an allied military.  This was eye-opening for a lot of these guys who may have come from somewhere, where they never left their hometown prior to joining the Army. Now all of the sudden they are climbing aboard a Type 74 Tank (main battle tank of the JGSDF) and conversing with Japanese Soldiers on the similarities or the differences of our equipment or even, the cultural similarities and differences.  I think that, more than anything else, was a win for me. In the event we ever have to go work with these guys in the future at the very least we have this to look back on and say ‘hey it’s still possible’. It’s absolutely possible to work with another military.”

(Editor’s note: A portion of this article appeared in a previous story by NTC PAO.)




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Courtesy photo

Summer program a success

Courtesy photo Children and volunteers gather for a group photo during the “Wilderness Escape” Vacation Bible Study program, which ran July 28-Aug. 1. “Wilderness Escape” was the theme of Fort Irwin’s Summer Vacation ...
 
 
Blowing_cake_candles

Army JAG Corps celebrates 239th birthday

Robert Hickson, Spc. Jodie Wagner and Lt. Gen. (R) Scott Black blow out the candles on a cake during a celebration of the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps 239th birthday here, July 29, 2014. Hickson is a claims adjudicator...
 
 
SGMEsmurria_SPCMartinez_carepackages

Operation Gratitude delivers care packages to Fort Irwin

Fort Irwin United States Army Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Carlos Esmurria (right) and Spc. Joaquin Martinez, military police officer, help with the delivery of care packages from Operation Gratitude, Aug. 8. Operation Gratitude ...
 

 
MST_MCSC_check_presentation

MST and MCSC say no to bullying

William Paul (right), director of Fort Irwin’s Middle School Teen Center, and Kelly Furtick (left), president of Military and Civilian Spouses Club here, hold a ceremonial check provided to MST, July 22. Fort Irwin’s Middle...
 
 
Ellie_desert_tortoise

Tortoise alert

Ellie the desert tortoise lives in a pen at the DPW Environmental Center here. The desert tortoise represents the epitome of a survivor. Able to go a year or more with no access to water, the tortoise stores all it can get in a...
 
 
photo1

Sesame Street comes to Fort Irwin

The cast of Sesame Street/USO Experience performs a free and unique experience at the Freedom Fitness Center, Aug. 13. The show is geared toward the lifestyle and experiences a military child faces. The furry cast of the Sesame...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin