NATO countries participate in joint-training
HOHENFELS, Germany — Troops from 13 countries have participated in Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14.
Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
4 photos: Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readines
Photo 1 of 4: Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker) Download full-resolution version
Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
4 photos: Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readines
Photo 2 of 4: Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker) Download full-resolution version
Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
4 photos: Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readines
Photo 3 of 4: Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker) Download full-resolution version
Hohenfels, Germany -- Croatian, Afghan and Minnesota National Guard soldiers talk about room clearing procedures during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and Croatian troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
4 photos: Hohenfels, Germany -- Croatian, Afghan and Minnesota National Guard soldiers talk about room clearing procedures during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multina
Photo 4 of 4: Hohenfels, Germany -- Croatian, Afghan and Minnesota National Guard soldiers talk about room clearing procedures during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and Croatian troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker) Download full-resolution version
Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
Hohenfels, Germany — Croatian and Minnesota National Guard soldiers prepare to clear a room during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and multinational troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
Hohenfels, Germany -- Croatian, Afghan and Minnesota National Guard soldiers talk about room clearing procedures during an Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team training exercise at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14. The U.S. and Croatian troops will deploy together to Afghanistan as part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force. The OMLT will help with the ISAF mission of assisting the Government of Afghanistan in establishing and maintaining a safe and secure environment. (U.S. Army photo by SFC Tyrone Walker)
HOHENFELS, Germany — Troops from 13 countries have participated in Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center May 14.
 
The training exercise included military personnel from the United Kingdom, Poland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Romania, France, Hungary, Norway, Croatia, Slovakia, Afghanistan and the United States.
 
The training exercise gave NATO countries' troops a chance to experience mentoring, coaching and teaching actual Afghan National Army soldiers. At the same time, 65 ANA soldiers here got a chance to work with troops from other countries who will be part of counter insurgency operations in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the OMLTs will coach, teach, and mentor Afghan soldiers to take a leading role in defending their nation.

Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Harmon from the Ohio National Guardsman from Cincinnati is among those who recently completed OMLT training with their NATO counterparts at the JMRC as the coalition troops readied themselves for the upcoming deployment.

The two weeks Harmon spent with Hungarians at JMRC along with four months with them in Hungary have allowed him time not only to learn a new language, but also to get to know his Hungarian comrades. During the OMLT training, Harmon was astonished by the Hungarian soldiers' work ethic and eagerness to learn.

At the end of most days, the National Guardsmen knew where to find the Hungarian soldier, outside the barracks in the grass continuing weapons training or practicing casualty care.

"They are adamant about learning about the different techniques and methods we use in the U.S. military,” Harmon said. "It makes our jobs a lot easier and instills confidence in us.”

Hungarian army First Lt. Josef Tulipan of the Hungarian Defense Forces said working with the U.S. troops at JMRC was a mutually beneficial learning experience. Most importantly, it gave Hungarian soldiers insight into how American soldiers react in particular combat situations, he said.

"We learned how the U.S. soldiers think,” Tulipan said.

Army Lt. Phillip Patti of the Ohio National Guard said training with the Hungarians here at JMRC gave troops from both countries a chance to complete critical hands on training using equipment, aids and other assets that weren't available elsewhere.

"It was a good time to get [the Hungarians] in the driver's seat of a Humvee and behind a turret,” Patti said.
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