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Deployment – Lessons Learned

Steve Henly

English Teacher

Swedish National Defence College

Stockholm


NATO Training Mission - Iraq


HMS Iron Duke


Disclaimer

“does not necessarily reflect the views of any of the organisations I mention during my presentation”


Deployment – Lessons Learned

Background

NATO Training Mission – Iraq

Royal Navy interpreter – Arabian Gulf

Personal reflections

Lessons learned


Background

18 years British Army to 1993 – Royal Engineers

1997 – moved to Sweden

2004 – Swedish National Defence College

2007 – Heard about Full Time Reserve Service opportunity

2008 – 2011 Three years ’back in uniform’


July 2008-July 2011What should have happened*…

* does not include time for pre-deployment training/leave


July 2008-July 2011What actually happened*…

* does not include time for pre-deployment training/leave


NATO Training Mission - Iraq

COM

Also DCG USF-I (A&T)

DCOM

COS

TRAINING & EDUCATION

OPERATIONS CENTRES

FEDERAL POLICE TRAINING

APPROX 170 PERSONNEL


TRAINING & EDUCATION (NCOs) – TAJI

TRAINING & EDUCATION (OFFICERS)

FEDERAL POLICE TRAINING

HQ &

OPERATIONS CENTRES


NATO Training Mission - Iraq


Officer Education Training and Advisory Branch (OETAB)

National Defence

University

War

College

Defence

Strategic

Studies Institute

National

Defence

College

Advisory Team

Ar Rustamiyah

Doctrine

Coord

Defence

Language

Institute

Joint Staff

& Command

College

Iraqi

Military

Academy


What did I do?

  • Advice to Dean DLI-I

  • Liaison with USF-I and other agencies

  • Support to English Language Mentor at Iraqi Military Academy

  • Support to teacher training/teachers

  • Teaching

  • Staff Work


Limited achievement – why?

  • Four Deans

  • Political uncertainty – decision-making paralysis

  • Fragmented command in NDU – lack of influence

  • Low priority for language training

  • Lack of resources

  • Successes – German and Italian links, materials for Military Academy


Lessons learned – NTM-I

  • Proficiency in English language essential in NATO HQ

  • Cultural awareness – host nation/other NATO countries/other services

  • Language training must be supported by the chain of command


July 2008-July 2011What actually happened*…

* does not include time for pre-deployment training/leave


Combined Maritime Forces

Also COM US Naval Forces CENTCOM and US 5th Fleet

COM

HQ - Bahrain

Also COM UKMCC

DCOM

CTF 150

CTF 152

CTF 151

25 nation coalition – 30+ ships


Combined Maritime Forces


HMSs Cumberland & Iron Duke


HMSs Cumberland & Iron Duke

  • Wider Regional Engagement (WRE)

  • Exercises and training

  • MSP in support of CMF (CTFs 150 & 152)


Wider Regional Engagement


Exercises and Training


Maritime Security Patrols


Maritime Security Patrols

  • Boarding Teams

  • Boarding

  • Alongside Assurance Visits (AAVs)


Boarding Teams


Boarding Teams


Sully


Lessons learned – UKMCC

  • Identify the right language

  • Look within for expertise

  • Passage of information – Defence Operational Language Support Unit (DOLSU) – PJHQ – UKMCC


Personal Reflections - Places


Personal Reflections - People


Personal Reflections - People


Lessons Learned

  • Proficiency in English language essential in NATO HQs


YOUR STUDENTS


Lessons Learned

  • Proficiency in English language essential in NATO HQs

  • Cultural awareness – host nation/partner nations/other services

  • Language training must be supported by the chain of command

  • Identify the right language

  • Look within for expertise

  • Passage of information


YOUR STUDENTS

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