• SSGT James Beal, 10th Regional Support Group, talks with USARPAC instructor Aaron Nakashima prior to a hands-on IED simulation at Camp Hansen on Okinawa.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    SSGT James Beal, 10th Regional Support Group, talks with USARPAC instructor Aaron Nakashima prior to a hands-on IED simulation at Camp Hansen on Okinawa.

  • SSGT James Beal, 10th Regional Support Group, pats down a fellow Soldier in an excercise designed to simulate the dangers of a explosive device in the form of a hidden pressure device at Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    SSGT James Beal, 10th Regional Support Group, pats down a fellow Soldier in an excercise designed to simulate the dangers of a explosive device in the form of a hidden pressure device at Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

  • SSGT James Beal, 10th Regional Support Group, demonstrates a simulation with a suicide vest during IEDES training on Okinawa on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    SSGT James Beal, 10th Regional Support Group, demonstrates a simulation with a suicide vest during IEDES training on Okinawa on Sept. 19, 2013.

  • A Soldier participating in IEDES training at Camp Hansen on Okinawa configures a module control unit, which is a remote trigger to detonate a simulated IED during a training exercise at Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    A Soldier participating in IEDES training at Camp Hansen on Okinawa configures a module control unit, which is a remote trigger to detonate a simulated IED during a training exercise at Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013

  • SGT Kevin Ramos, 10th Regional Support Group, fires a simulated IED as part of a training exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    SGT Kevin Ramos, 10th Regional Support Group, fires a simulated IED as part of a training exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

  • SGT Kevin Ramos, 10th Regional Support Group, loads white powder into the firing mechanism of a non-pyrotechnic scalable signature device, which is used indoors and outdoors to simulate large and small IEDs. SGT Ramos was taking part in IEDES training on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Traning on Okinawa

    SGT Kevin Ramos, 10th Regional Support Group, loads white powder into the firing mechanism of a non-pyrotechnic scalable signature device, which is used indoors and outdoors to simulate large and small IEDs. SGT Ramos was taking part in IEDES training...

  • Soldiers from 1-1 Air Defense Artillery, 53rd Signal Battalion and 10th Regional Support Group work in teams as they learn how to use Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation training kits during a training exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    Soldiers from 1-1 Air Defense Artillery, 53rd Signal Battalion and 10th Regional Support Group work in teams as they learn how to use Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation training kits during a training exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19...

  • Soldiers from 1-1 Air Defense Artillery, 53rd Signal Battalion and 10th Regional Support Group work in teams as they learn how to use Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation training kits during a training exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    Soldiers from 1-1 Air Defense Artillery, 53rd Signal Battalion and 10th Regional Support Group work in teams as they learn how to use Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation training kits during a training exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19...

  • Lewis Jefferson, USARPAC IEDES instructor, demonstrates the force of a pressure device during a Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    Lewis Jefferson, USARPAC IEDES instructor, demonstrates the force of a pressure device during a Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation exercise on Camp Hansen on Sept. 19, 2013.

  • SSGT James Purvis, 10th Regional Support Group, fires his suicide vest during IEDES training at Camp Hansen on Okinawa on Sept. 19, 2013.

    Soldiers Complete IEDES Training on Okinawa

    SSGT James Purvis, 10th Regional Support Group, fires his suicide vest during IEDES training at Camp Hansen on Okinawa on Sept. 19, 2013.

OKINAWA, Japan (Sept. 19, 2013) -- U.S. Army Pacific Command instructors were on Okinawa last week training Soldiers from different units how to use Improvised Explosive Device Effects Simulation training kits.

The kits are available through the Training Support Center on Torii Station and consist of wireless and manual tripwires and control devices to simulate the IED threat that Soldiers might face in combat situations around the world.

Six Soldiers from 1-1 Air Defense Artillery, 53rd Signal Battalion and 10th Regional Support Group participated in the train-the-trainer instruction, which was conducted on Torii Station and at Range 17 on Camp Hansen.

The Soldiers will take back and share with their units the knowledge they gained during the week of training, which included classroom instruction and hands-on demonstrations at the range. Soldiers utilized a non-pyrotechnic kit comprised of pressure devices, suicide vests and push-pull booby traps. The devices use carbon dioxide canisters, white powder and small plastic cups to create the visual and audio effects of an explosive device -- and they are incredibly realistic.

Instructors trained participants on how to operate the non-pyrotechnic scalable signature device, which is used indoors and outdoors to simulate large and small IEDs. The NPSSD is activated using a module control unit that remotely detonates the device.

This is the first time this particular training has been offered on Okinawa, according to instructor Lewis Jefferson, who was joined by lead trainer Aaron Nakashima -- both of whom work with the USARPAC mobile training unit at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii.

"This training is incredibly beneficial for Soldiers because it prepares them for being down range and teaches them what to do if and when they come across an IED," said Jefferson. "This training is needed more than ever as USARPAC expands. Isolated locations like Guam and Okinawa need access to this kind training and that is why the mobile unit is so important."

One Soldier taking part in the training is a medic with 1-1 ADA at Kadena Air Base. SPC Michael Douglas was grateful for the opportunity to attend and said the training will make him a better medic.

"Our leadership likes the concept of training as you fight and this is a higher level of training. It is curriculum development level and you can tell the leadership put a lot of thought into this training," said Douglas. "It is multi-purpose and a great tool for anyone going down range and I want to thank my leadership for allowing me the opportunity to attend such a realistic exercise."

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