Train the Trainer

Sgt. Ryan Twist
139th MPAD, 13th SC(E)

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 155th Brigade Combat Team qualified at Debro Range for the counter-improvised explosive devices Level III training Aug. 20 here on Joint Base Balad.

The C-IED Level III is a train the trainer program which teaches Soldiers how to teach instructors for the C-IED Level II course. The Level II training is a Multi-National Corps – Iraq requirement and provides information to Soldiers who regularly go outside the wire.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Navejas, with the 532nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron Quick Reaction Force, said he assists the Task Force Troy instructors who run the range and helps them train new instructors

“What we do out here is show them how to run an IED course and set up indicators as they are used outside the wire,” said Navejas.  “We also set up a scan lane for when individuals are conducting dismounted route sweeps.”

Navejas said students drive through an instructor-designed IED course designed according to the latest information from the area of operation to familiarize students, he said.

“It is very important for individuals running outside the wire, whether they’re running convoy or area security operations, to notice indicators of IEDs and keep themselves and local nationals safe from the actions of insurgents in the area,” said Navejas.

Staff Sgt. Douglas Hall, with B Troop 2 Squadron 107th Cavalry Regiment, said the training has made the overall mission safer. It has given the Soldiers a new view on the current IED activity that is happening in their sector, he said.

 “The training covers … tactics, techniques and procedures we can use to counteract the enemy as well as the devices that we will find out there and the methods they will use to employ those IEDs,” said Hall.

Maj. Derek Holland, the C-IED officer for the brigade staff of the 155th BCT, said it is his job to ensure the noncommissioned officers are trained to level III training and ensure they in turn teach Soldiers C-IED Level II.

“The more people that get trained up on this, the more people that become trained instructors and can go back to their units and instruct their troops how to do the same thing; how to find things they didn’t know that existed out there,” said Navejas.

 

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Sgt. David R. Killough, a native of Meridean, Miss., works with the Personal Security Detachment with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 155th Brigade Combat Team, listens to the instructor during the counter-improvised explosives devices Level III program at Debro Range Aug. 20 here on Joint Base Balad.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ryan Twist)

 

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Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 155th Brigade Combat Team listen to the instructor during the counter-improvised explosives devices Level III training at Debro Range Aug. 20 here on Joint Base Balad.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ryan Twist)

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Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 155th Brigade Combat Team pay attention to the instructor during the counter-improvised explosives devices Level III training at Debro Range Aug. 20 here on Joint Base Balad.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ryan Twist)

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Task Force Troy instructor Dee Jennings talks to the Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company 155th Brigade Combat Team during a counter-improvised explosives devices Level III training at Debro Range Aug. 20 here on Joint Base Balad.
(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ryan Twist)