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CMOC training comes to the transit center

Posted 3/26/2011   Updated 3/26/2011 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Jerome C. Baysmore
376th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

3/26/2011 - TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan -- Transit Center Airmen and local U.S. Embassy staff strengthened their international capabilities during Civil-Military Operations Center training here last week.

The CMOC course highlighted military and non-military organizations involved in stabilization, humanitarian relief efforts, reconstruction activities and interaction with the local civilian population. The class is also part of the Army Civil Affairs program. Several visiting U.S. Army Central Command reps brought the training here.

"Because there is no civil affairs office in the Air Force, we came up to give instruction," said Army Sgt. Edward Cantrell, USARCENT Civil-Affairs from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. "There's a great partnership here within the Kyrgyzstan area of responsibility, and we're here to teach how to build better relationships.

A CMOC is established by the military for coordinating civil-military operations in an area of operations. It often serves as a central location for information on civilian related activities in an area or maintains the status of the infrastructure or institutions.

Recent personnel additions in the wing theater security cooperation section also increased the need for humanitarian operations training.

"The TCM has assets to affect the humanitarian operation is Kyrgyzstan," said Army Maj. Phil Reynolds, USARCENT Civil Affairs. "It's a natural fit to teach current operations because of the expanding assistance program going country wide.

"In Iraq and Afghanistan, we're trying to rebuild civil infrastructure and support their governments," he said. "Here in Kyrgyzstan, there's already a government in place so there are both United States and Kyrgyz goals that DoD is trying to help achieve."

The TSC staff also looked forward to the training.

"It was a unique opportunity to get training from the Army--they had a lot of experience," said Staff Sgt. Ray Memita, TSC Humanitarian Assistance biomedical equipment specialist. "It was good to get insight, and I gained a lot of invaluable knowledge. We have a good relationship between the Army and the Air Force and for us to be interacting with one another was great training.

"This should help a lot with my job--how we do business and conduct ourselves in this unique environment," said Sergeant Memita, deployed here from the 374th Medical Support Squadron at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

"Hopefully, it's going to be great for the organization and TSC, and I hope they continue this training for our replacements."

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