Soldiers with the U.S. 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, and the Royal Thai Army are conducting counter-IED training from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, 2019, at Nimman Kolayut, Thailand, during Exercise Hanuman Guardian.
The training includes identifying, assessing and marking IEDs in a jungle environment. The culminating event is a combined U.S. and Thai dismounted platoon lane that requires the Soldiers to react to IEDs.
“Our Thai counter-IED instructors get deployed down to southern Thailand on a rotational basis,” said Michael Thomas, an instructor with Asia Pacific C-IED Fusion Center in Fort Shafter, Hawaii. “They are showing our U.S. Soldiers all the tactics, techniques and procedures the insurgents are using and the type of IEDs.