• A Third Army explosive ordnance disposal Soldier brushes debris from a notional piece of unexploded ordnance found during Khaleje Response at Kuwait Naval Base, Oct. 27. Khaleje Response was a three-day information exchange held by Third Army to maintain proficiency in Soldier tasks ensuring that forces stay Ready Tonight to tackle ordnance disposal incidents should one occur. (Spc. Eric Guzman, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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    A Third Army explosive ordnance disposal Soldier brushes debris from a notional piece of unexploded ordnance found during Khaleje Response at Kuwait Naval Base, Oct. 27. Khaleje Response was a three-day information exchange held by Third Army to...

  • Pfc. David Clark, a chemical sample collector with the 62nd Chemical Company's sampling team, creates a seal around the protective mask of Sgt. David Coan, an initial entry party team leader, also from the 62nd Chem. Co. at Kuwait Naval Base, Oct. 27. The seal is created around the uniform to prevent the entry of hazardous chemical splashes and vapors into the suit. Coan was suiting up in protective gear as a participant in Khaleje Response, a readiness exercise and information exchange between Kuwaiti emergency services and Third Army Soldiers in Kuwait. (Spc. Eric Guzman, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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    Pfc. David Clark, a chemical sample collector with the 62nd Chemical Company's sampling team, creates a seal around the protective mask of Sgt. David Coan, an initial entry party team leader, also from the 62nd Chem. Co. at Kuwait Naval Base, Oct. 27...

  • Kuwaiti firemen extinguish notional flames on a downed helicopter during Khaleje Response Oct. 27 at the Port of Shuaiba. Khaleje Response was a three-day information exchange held by Third Army and Kuwaiti forces to maintain proficiency in Soldier tasks, ensuring that forces stay Ready Tonight to tackle ordnance disposal incidents should one occur. (Spc. Eric Guzman, 27th Public Affairs Detachment)

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    Kuwaiti firemen extinguish notional flames on a downed helicopter during Khaleje Response Oct. 27 at the Port of Shuaiba. Khaleje Response was a three-day information exchange held by Third Army and Kuwaiti forces to maintain proficiency in Soldier...

Camp Arifjan, Kuwait--- Third Army Soldiers took to the sands of Kuwait Naval Base and the waters of the Port of Shuaiba Oct. 27 to conduct bilateral training in conjunction with the Kuwait Ministry of the Interior and the Kuwait Ministry of Defense during Khaleje Response.

U.S. Soldiers, Sailors and Kuwaiti counterparts participated in a three-day information exchange with Third Army providing support by way of advice and assistance to Kuwait emergency service personnel.

"Operations like Khaleje Response help strengthen relationships with the host nation, which is one of the pillars that keeps Third Army Ready Tonight," said Capt. Rodney Norris, operation protection (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear) officer with Third Army.

This exchange was both a demonstration of capabilities as well as an avenue to better communication channels, maintain job proficiency, and share techniques used to respond to potential emergency events. During the exchange, Third Army Troops took time to show the procedures taken by U.S. Forces after a notional article of unexploded ordnance was discovered on the training site.

"Any time we have the opportunity to train with our partners, it's an opportunity to strengthen bonds," said Maj. Miguel Juarez, plans officer in charge with Area Support Group- Kuwait. "Planning, joint operations and bilateral training will strengthen bonds. I think we have a good bond now, but we can make it a great bond by conducting training," said the Brownsville, Texas native.

Also demonstrating their capabilities as first responders were Kuwaiti firemen and emergency medical service personnel who responded to the crash of a notional helicopter by caring for those wounded in the incident as well as securing the area by subduing the flames at the accident site.

"Eventually, if an event does happen," said Juarez, "we will be better prepared to respond to it as a combined force. We need to build on these opportunities and continue to learn and build on these relationships."

Third Army conducts over 100 Theater Security Cooperation training exercises with militaries in its area of responsibility to enhance relationships with regional militaries. Third Army efforts are aimed at deterring destabilizing influences and protecting U.S. interests from aggression and counter-terrorism capabilities.

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