Tradewinds is an annual exercise to strengthen the capabilities and cooperation of partner nations, includes most countries of the Caribbean with a focus on disaster response, maritime interdiction operations, and basic military skills. Tradewinds develops increased professionalism of the military forces in the region and greater regional capability to respond to natural disasters, illegal migration and narcotics trafficking. Stronger security force relationships are enhanced as well.
Tradwinds is a Combined Joint Chiefs of Staff exercise sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command with U.S. Army South as the executive planning agent.
In this training, both civilian and military forces will prepare for chemical disasters, gas contamination, bombs and other terrorist attacks.
From the Tradewinds experience, the Caribbean Island Nations formed the composite battalion task force under CARICOM that participated with the United States in Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY in Haiti in 1994-1995.
Selected 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) Marines will conduct Tradewinds 2004, April 10-27, 2004 in the Dominican Republic with other military and civilian forces from the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. An estimated 50 Marines from the Brigade Headquarters, 3rd Bn., 2d Marine Regiment (AT Bn.), and Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, headquartered in Norfolk, Va. will participate. The Marine Corps Security Forces' mobile training team will conduct a 3-day basic security guard course for each company of the Caribbean Bn., which consists of 14 Caribbean countries including the Dominican Republic, Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica and others.
The Marines will set up the organization of emergency and operation centers, and provide evaluators for the exercise. There will also be military support to manage the aftermath of disaster simulations.
The Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, United Kingdom Royal Marines and U.S. Marine ground forces will provide security for the disaster area as part of the 1st Caribbean Bn.
Fire brigades and first aid will be provided by civilian Dominican organizations. The Defense Threat Reduction Agency will manage and oversee the various civilian organizations participating in Tradewinds.
Evaluators will not only be overseeing the Caribbean Bn. and their civilian counterparts, but will be making sure the Marines have given proper instruction on all aspects of terrorism and riot control.
The MEB training center will conduct non-lethal weapons and crowd riot control training for the Caribbean Bn.
Non-lethal weapons' training educates on how and when to use shotguns with beanbags, and other non-lethal weapons to keep crowds under control. Riot control training shows the battalion how to keep hostile protestors at bay and terrorist threats from escalating. The instruction also teaches them how to use batons, full-body shields and other riot gear to maneuver through or keep out protesters.
The 4th MEB anti-terrorism battalion will conduct trilateral training with the British and Dutch Marines in small craft amphibious operations, close-range shooting, enhanced marksmanship, pistol skills, and military operations on urban terrain.
Training areas will include Sierra Prieta, Las Calderas, Barahona and other areas in Dominican Republic.
Training scenarios will include terrorist threat assessment, port and airfield attacks, security operations, infrastructure protection, consequence management/disaster response, medical evacuation, and limited offensive operations.
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