Jan. 25, 2008

Virginia National Guard trains Kuwait National Guard

The Kuwait National Guard practices to prepare to defend against rioters in a mock training scenario with Military Professional Resources Inc. and 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, National Guard Soldiers. (Photo by Spc. Jason C. Kemp, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment)

By Spc. Jason C. Kemp
3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait – Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, Virginia Army National Guard are working with Military Professional Resources Inc. to train 7,000 members of the Kuwait National Guard on the latest Soldier tactical skills.

Training isn't anything new to Soldiers. It’s something they do almost everyday, but when you are training another whole army, that’s totally different than your average grenade throwing, rifle marksmanship, driving your Humvee day.

Using riot control tactics, less lethal munitions, pressure holds and the latest vehicle search tactics, MPRI and National Guard Soldiers are making sure the KNG have the experience and training they need to combat terrorism in Kuwait.

Guarding gates and vehicle inspections are one of the most important jobs on an installation. According to 1st Lt. Jude C. Lau, 1st Platoon leader, Company F, learning entry control point procedures allows Kuwaitis to get a good prospective on how important it is for everyone from the officer in charge down to the lowest ranking personnel to prevent possible terrorist activity.

“It’s a good experience,” said Sgt. Anthony R. Tippins, a team leader in 1st Platoon. “You get to learn one end and see what your counterparts know and they get to see what you know as well.

”The Kuwaiti’s are pretty adept at what they have been training on with MPRI and with the 3-116th,” he said.

Helping MPRI teach the Kuwaitis tactical skills not only helps give the battalion National Guard Soldiers extra training, but also builds upon the already growing relationship between the U.S. military and the Kuwaiti forces. This training builds future opportunities to train together to defeat terrorist threats both in Kuwait and abroad.

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