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Lance Cpl. Ricky Holt, a videographer with Combat Camera, films Capt. Richard Shinn, an instructor for the Adviser Training Group, and Afghan national army role players perform a greeting of the officers and senior enlisted at Combat Center Ranger 220 Dec. 18. The purpose of the filming was to create an instructional video to show Marines and sailors training at ATG how they should and should not interact with role players and foreign militaries.

Early in the morning, under a pitch black sky, Marine instructors with the Combat Center's Adviser Training Group headed out to Range 220 to film a training video for their students Dec. 18.

"The purpose of this video is to help train the new students on the right and wrong ways to work with other militaries," said Gunnery Sgt. James Robertson, the academics and training chief for the ATG.

"We have taken video of students doing their tests before and then we show them the video so they can see their errors," Robertson said.

Filming began shortly after first light with a meet and greet between the Marine advisers and their Afghan counterparts and continued by capturing examples of common situations students can expect to encounter when interacting with role players and foreign militaries.

Lance Cpl. Ricky Holt, a videographer with Combat Camera, filmed Marines interacting, correctly and incorrectly, with civilian role players posing as members of the Afghan national army.

With the footage, we will be making a series of videos focusing on different advisory techniques, said Lt. Col. Dan Benz, the operations officer for the ATG.

The Marines and role players were not given scripts — only ideas of what to say and how to handle different situations, which added to the realism of the training.

"We are supposed to do things both the right and wrong way so the students can critique us," said Capt. Richard Shinn, an instructor for the ATG. "They need to act normally and know mistakes will happen and handle them as they do."

The ATG plans to implement the videos into their training curriculum upon completion.


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Date Taken:01.08.2010

Date Posted:01.08.2010 12:32

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