News: 205th Infantry Brigade facilitates KFOR-14 training
Story by Capt. Elizabeth Brown
To showcase the skills learned during training, the 111th MEB, 200th Public Affairs Detachment, will conduct a distinguished visitor and media event Feb. 10 at Camp Atterbury. The 205th Public Affairs Office provides mentorship, and resourcing for the event and will help set the conditions for successful execution.
The 200th PAD will be responsible for photo and video journalism, media escorts, radio/broadcast outreach, television broadcast operations, press release programs, media operations, print production, and newspaper distribution upon arriving at Camp Bondsteel in late February.
Camp Atterbury PAO staff has also been assisting with training the KFOR-14 team. The staff here has a history of training KFOR units.
“Our team has been providing training to KFOR PAD's since its first mobilization mission by providing classroom assistance with the mobilization training team from Fort Dix in the lead,” said Capt. Halladay, Camp Atterbury deputy public affairs officer.
“Starting in 2007 the Camp Atterbury Public Affairs team became the primary assistance training team for instruction with the assistance of the 205th Infantry Brigade and First Army Division East,” she said.
The 205th Infantry Brigade unit public affairs representative, along with Camp Atterbury PAO staff, coordinated training classes before the arrival of the PAD.
"Even prior to our arrival, the 205th public affairs team has been instrumental in preparing us for the upcoming deployment to Kosovo,” said Staff Sgt. Anna Doo, PAD Supervisor. “We are able to receive specific training based on the strengths and weaknesses of the 200th PAD, which allows us to utilize our time here at Camp Atterbury to the best of our ability.”
“Every step of the way, the 205th public affairs team has been available to lend a helping hand, advice or to get us in contact with the right resources."
During the KFOR-14’s stay at Camp Atterbury, the PAD has been given crucial classroom and hands—on sustainment training that will help with their Kosovo mission.
“We offer the most current information regarding command information, community engagement and media relations using information through DINFOS [Defense Information School], NGB [National Guard Bureau] and real world experiences,” explained Halladay.
“Classes are adjusted based on the need, experience level of training and leadership.”
The valuable experience KFOR units receive while at Camp Atterbury gives them added experience to use throughout their military careers.
“The training provides additional opportunities for cross level training for Soldiers without giving them a military occupational skill identifier, but is still useful to them in their mission and they become an additional asset to their team,” said Halladay.
The coordination of PAD training with the 205th Infantry Brigade public affairs representatives and Camp Atterbury PAO gives KFOR units a solid foundation to complete their mission in Kosovo.
“It’s been wonderful having the 205th here to facilitate our training. A lot of places don’t take public affairs into consideration when doing mobilization training, but that hasn’t been the case here,” said 1st Lt. Casey Staheli, PAD officer in charge.
The KFOR-14 mission in Kosovo consists of three major components; providing a safe and secure environment, ensuring freedom of movement, and assisting the development of the institutions in Kosovo within our capabilities.
As the Multinational Battle Group – East, they are responsible for the above tenets within the MNBG-E area of operations which is generally the eastern half of Kosovo with the “be prepared to” mission of maneuver in the west area.
To learn more about the unit, its soldiers, or the DV/Media Day at Camp Atterbury, contact Capt. Lisa Brown, 205th Infantry Brigade unit public affairs representative.
The 205th Infantry Brigade executes readiness oversight, post-mobilization training and validation operations in accordance with Army Forces Generation, to provide trained and ready forces to regional combatant commanders for the full spectrum of operations in multiple theaters of operation.