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    5th SFG(A) hosts Egyptian commandos for partnership training

    5th SFG(A) hosts Egyptian commandos for partnership training

    Photo By Sgt. Gregory Summers | A Soldier with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) coaches Egytian Special...... read more read more

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Soldiers of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) hosted members from the Egyptian Special Operations Unit 999 during a joint training event at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Jan. 27 - Feb. 13.

    The two-week training event focused on a variety of special operations tactics and procedures while strengthening the relationship and interoperability between both units.

    “We’ve been training together on a number of tasks from shooting and moving to counter tactics,” said the team leader with 5th SFG(A). “This has been a great opportunity for us to learn from each other. After this training, we will operate together more effectively.”

    Information and ideas were exchanged in the classroom, while firing and movement tactics were executed in Fort Campbell’s training area.

    From mission planning, firing multiple weapons systems, countering improvised explosive devices and unmanned aircraft systems, both units familiarized themselves with each other’s procedures.

    “They are a great unit and are very capable,” the team leader said. “We’ve also gained a better understanding of their culture and their character. That’s one of the key takeaways from this training.”

    One of 5th Group’s missions is to train with partner forces.

    A U.S. Special Operations team warrant officer said, “Anytime we can get out and work with our partner forces it benefits all of us on the team. We had the opportunity to do it in our own backyard this time and it was great for us.”

    “Specifically for some of our younger guys who may not have had the opportunity to work with our partner forces before, this has been great for them to learn from this experience,” the warrant officer added.

    A farewell dinner and ceremony was held at Fort Campbell’s Smokehaus Restaurant where the units celebrated their hard work and friendship.

    Col. John R. Dyke, deputy commander, 5th SFG(A), spoke at the dinner and said, “This is a brotherhood. This is a partnership. I hope that we will continue to do this training. Thank you for training with us.”

    “We are both leaving with a lot of value added to our units from this experience,” the team leader said. “When we work together down the road, things will be better for both of us.”



    Date Taken: 02.13.2020
    Date Posted: 02.27.2020 07:59
    Story ID: 363995
    Location: FORT CAMPBELL, KY, US 
    Hometown: CAIRO, EG
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    Hometown: FORT CAMPBELL, KY, US
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