Army-Marine Integration Newsletter Vol. III
Table of Contents
- Sword/Vernon Interchange: A Crossroads in Combating Improvised Explosive Devices - CPT Dustin Navarro, CPT Clint T. Edwards, and CPT David M. Williams
- Improvised Explosive Device Trainer Helps Prepare Warfighters for Afghanistan- William J. Sharp
- Training Female Engagement Teams: Framework, Content Development, and Lessons Learned - Andi Allen, Gina Ladenheim, and Katie Stout
- Aviation in the Mountains: Training Marine Aviators for Operations in Complex, Compartmentalized, and Mountainous Terrain - Capt. Bart A. Betik
- Training for Afghanistan on America's High Ground - Dennis Steele
- Afghanistan: The First Six Months - LTC Michael J. Forsyth, MAJ George L. Hammar, and MAJ Billy D. Siekman
- Company Level Fire Support in Afghanistan During OEF IX and X - 1LT Brian R. Buchholz
- Return of the King - LTC David Sink and CSM Dennis Woods
- 3 x 2 Distributed Rocket Artillery Operations - LTC Joseph J. Russo
- 82-mm Mortars: Working with Afghan National Army Mortar Teams - MAJ Michael J. Wood
- Conducting Global Containter Management Training Online - Thomas Catchings
- A 21st Century Campus for Battle Command Training - Institute of Land Warfare Staff
- The SCoE Simulation Center Supports Training for a New Deployment Mission - MAJ Jeffrey L. Schultz and MAJ Ralph L. Poole
- Aviation Brothers in Arms: One MAG's Experience With and Attached Army Helicopter Task Force - Maj. Anthony Krockel
- Keeping it Real: Don't Let Joint Fires Observer Skills Deteriorate - MSG Timothy Ryan
- "Danger Close" - Jennifer McFadden
The United States faces diverse challenges requiring a broad range of flexible capabilities to meet the ongoing security and stability operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, confront aggressive state and non-state actors, and provide humanitarian assistance. The key objective in force readiness and preparation to operate in diverse environments across the spectrum of conflict is flexibility. This enables the Army and Marine Corps to meet today's global challenges and successfully respond to emerging crises. Operational forces maintain flexibility to succeed in overseas contingency and civil support operations only through rigorous, effective training.
Effective training conditions thought processes, reinforces best practices, and improves operational capability. The best training combines personal and corporate knowledge with "hands-on" experience to keep Soldiers and Marines responsive and flexible to fast-changing operational environments. Each must be proficient in individual skills and critical collective functions identified in their unit mission-essential task lists. Today's ongoing complex operations demand adaptive training that realistically incorporates lessons learned and enemy and friendly tactics, techniques, and procedures for counterinsurgency (COIN) and hybrid operations. The dynamic demands of persistent conflict and a high operational tempo are met through effective training, which is essential to our nation's success.
This newsletter focuses on Army and Marine Corps predeployment and sustainment training for operations in Afghanistan as service, joint, or coalition forces. The professional journal articles included herein illustrate unit actions taken at home station, combat training centers, and in theater to prepare personnel and units to meet Operation Enduring Freedom's (OEF) challenges. The Soldiers and Marines highlighted clearly demonstrated ingenuity and leadership in their actions to defeat the enemy, enabled the operating forces, and successfully prosecuted all other missions relating to COIN and stability operations. The lessons learned and invaluable insight to training management can be readily adapted to similar situations encountered by either service.
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) and the Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned (MCCLL) hope this issue stimulates innovation, learning, and sharing of ideas between services. The goal is to get the knowledge and insight found in these pages into the field in such a timely manner as to make them invaluable to the next Soldier and Marine in the deployment queue.
CALL and MCCLL provide vehicles to inform the operating forces; the doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) stakeholders; and the advocates of the unvarnished experiences of servicemen preparing for and engaged in operations. Reporting or relaying these experiences may provide the impetus to effect a change in any or all of the DOTMLPF pillars.
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