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    3/2 CAV trains Lithuanian Land Forces on MDMP

    3/2 CAV trains Lithuanian Land Forces on MDMP

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin | Maj. Gen. Almantas Leika (second from left), the Lithuanian Land Forces commander,...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin 

    10th Press Camp Headquarters

    RUKLA, Lithuania – Members of 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment trained Soldiers from the Lithuanian Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion on the military decision-making process Feb. 22-26 at Rukla, Lithuania.

    The MDMP is an adaptation of the Army’s analytical approach to problem solving, and assists commanders and staff in examining battlefield situations and reaching logical decisions.

    The training allowed Soldiers of the U.S. and Lithuanian Land Forces the opportunity to become familiar with the similarities and differences of each other’s decision-making process.

    Leading the training was Capt. Dick Tallman, the 3/2CR assistant operations officer, who stressed the importance of U.S. and Lithuanian Forces knowing how each other operate.

    “While conducting the MDMP training, we realized that the Lithuanian Land Forces conduct their military decision making process much like we do,” said Tallman. “We understand how they operate, and in turn, they know and understand what we do. It all helps for a shared understanding throughout the planning process.”

    Throughout the training, the Soldiers studied and executed the MDMP processes of receipt of mission, mission analysis, course of action development, course of action analysis, course of action comparison, course of action approval and orders production.

    Tallman said that in order to aid in the training process, several members of 3/2CR’s staff were partnered with their counterparts from the Lithuanian Land Forces. He said this allowed the Lithuanian Soldiers the opportunity to receive guidance if questions arose.

    “Just having someone there to ask questions if I needed was very important,” said 1st Lt. Elmyra Baljanaite, the plans officer for the Duke Vaidotas Mechanized Infantry Battalion. “Much of what we do is not that different, but when we needed help, someone was there.”

    Baljanaite said that the training was a very valuable experience. Like Tallman, she agreed that it was important to know the similarities and differences when working together.

    “With the constant Atlantic Resolve rotations, it’s important to know how to work together,” she said.

    Overall, Tallman said he felt the training was successful. He said that the Lithuanian Soldiers were very professional and showed eagerness to learn.

    “The Soldiers worked very hard, resulting in successful training,” said Tallman. “I feel that everything worked out well and the training was a very good experience.”



    Date Taken: 02.24.2016
    Date Posted: 02.24.2016 12:09
    Story ID: 189936
    Location: RUKLA, LT 

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