• U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Heisler of the Grizzly observer controller team, Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), acts as a medical evacuation crew chief for an Operational Mentor Liaison Team (OMLT) during a contingency operating base defense training exercise at the JMRC Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 20, 2012.  JMRC conducts several OMLT rotations each year, training multinational partners to ensure they are prepared for deployment to Afghanistan with the ability to train, advise and enable the Afghan National Army while possessing the skills to survive on the battlefield. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. W. Ryan Livingston/Released)

    JMRC Opens 2012 With OMLT Training

    U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Heisler of the Grizzly observer controller team, Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC), acts as a medical evacuation crew chief for an Operational Mentor Liaison Team (OMLT) during a contingency operating base...

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Bulgarian Air Force Sgt. Kiril Hadzhiev and Romanian Army Cpl. Bratu Ratuam, lift a simulated casualty into a medical evacuation vehicle during Operational Mentor Liaison Team (OMLT) training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 20, 2012.  JMRC conducts several OMLT rotations each year, training multinational partners to ensure they are prepared for deployment to Afghanistan with the ability to train, advise and enable the Afghan National Army while possessing the skills to survive on the battlefield. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Andre Forrest/Released)

    JMRC Opens 2012 with OMLT Training

    20120120-A-HZ258-039 Bulgarian Air Force Sgt. Kiril Hadzhiev and Romanian Army Cpl. Bratu Ratuam, lift a simulated casualty into a medical evacuation vehicle during Operational Mentor Liaison Team (OMLT) training at the Joint Multinational Readiness...

  • A Bulgarian soldier watches a U.S. medical evacuation UH-72 Lakota helicopter prepare to land during Operational Mentor Liaison Team training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 18, 2012. JMRC conducts several OMLT rotations each year, training multinational partners to ensure they are prepared for deployment to Afghanistan with the ability to train, advise and enable the Afghan National Army while possessing the skills to survive on the battlefield. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ashley Webster/Released)

    JMRC Opens 2012 With OMLT Training

    A Bulgarian soldier watches a U.S. medical evacuation UH-72 Lakota helicopter prepare to land during Operational Mentor Liaison Team training at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 18, 2012. JMRC conducts several...

HOHENFELS, GERMANY----The Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) began its 2012 training schedule this month with the completion of a seventeen day Operational Mentor and Liaison Team (OMLT) exercise.

Representatives from nine NATO nations braved the harsh Bavarian winter to prepare the latest group of NATO soldiers for a mission in Afghanistan.

Once in Afghanistan, OMLTs are embedded with a specific unit in the Afghan National Army (ANA) and provide training, mentorship, and liaison services to their Afghan counterparts. OMLTs range in size from twenty to thirty soldiers depending on the level of command being advised.
OMLTs are critical to the current NATO strategy which is to hand over security responsibility to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) by the end of 2014.

As JMRC commander, Col. Jeff Martindale, told American Forces Press Service earlier this month, OMLTs "are the bridge between conventional forces from all NATO countries… and the Afghan national security forces."

JMRC plays a pivotal role, in OMLT training, by providing the venue and trainer expertise allowing NATO nations to conduct mission readiness training close to home and under the most professional and realistic conditions. JMRCs Observer/Controller-Trainer (O/C-T) teams provide constant assessment and feedback which, combined with digital and multimedia after-action reviews, enables training units to "see themselves" and attain proficiency in critical mission tasks. No other training center in Europe is currently equipped to host this training.

The combination of U.S. and multinational forces working together at JMRC offers a unique opportunity for all the military forces involved to benefit from each other's participation.

"Each nation has something special to offer such as: military skills, variety of equipment, and their culture. The ability to constantly partner with other NATO nations is what makes JMRC special," according to Lt. Col. Eliud Diaz, Executive Officer for JMRC's Grizzly O/C team which helped plan the training.

OMLTs must demonstrate a basic understanding of Counter Insurgency Operations (COIN) and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) conditions. OMLT training prepares soldiers to train, advise and enable the ANA while possessing the skills to survive on the battlefield.

Soldiers from Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Albania, Hungary, Slovenia, Netherlands and Bulgaria joined the United States in the training which was assisted by Romanian and Czech soldiers who replicated the ANSF.

The next OMLT training rotation is scheduled for this Spring.

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