PHL-US artillery training starts

Indirect Fires Operations Subject Matter Expert Exchange Training (SMEE) between Philippines and United States Pacific Command armies starts at Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija today as part of Balikatan 2015.

The exchange will focus on enhancing the skills, competencies and capacity of both armies in the conduct of Fire Planning and Indirect Fire Operations. Seventy soldiers from Philippine Army Artillery Regiment and 55 combined infantry and artillery soldiers from US Pacific Command Army will participate.

“This will ensure the exchange of skills and competencies. The leaders will prioritize the planning of fires in support to force-on-force maneuver while the crewmen will focus on certification of personnel relative to the gunnery operations,” SMEE Training Fire Support Planner and Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Education of AAR Captain Jeffrey S. Ferrer said during the opening ceremony earlier today.

“I hope that by cultivating the partnership that we already have with our allies, will bring us closer to what we have been longing for. And that is world peace,” Captain Ferrer adds.

The event will last for two weeks. After lectures and demonstration. Live-fire exercises will be held at Mount Baca, Barangay Palale in Nueva Ecija as the final culminating activity in order to test the efficiency of all the personnel involved.