Dutch Army visits 146th Airlift Wing
By Lt. Col. Mike Dugas, 146AW
/ Published August 06, 2011
PORT HUENEME, Calif. -- On July 7-8 2011, 24 members of the Royal Netherlands Army visited the 146th Airlift Wing. Col. Paul J. Hargrove welcomed and spoke with the Royal Netherlands Army about the wing and its mission, and Lt. Col. Michael Dugas and Chief Master Sergeant Joel Reynoso presented a 146th Airlift Wing mission brief, base tour and Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) show and tell.
The Dutch visitors are currently among selected officers who are attending a six-month Land Warfare Course (LWC) at the Land Doctrine and Training Center. The LWC focuses on land warfare with the purpose to broaden and deepen the student's knowledge of brigade-level up to corps- and land-component level operations.
The primary purpose of the visit to the United States is to inform the students on current issues and future developments within the US Armed Forces. The secondary aim is to inform the students on current military issues and future developments that support or influence land operations.
This visit was also used to deepen the understanding of the integration of the maritime, the air combat and the land element in Marine Expeditionary Units.
LWC visited two California National Guard Units; The 40th Infantry Division, Los Alamitos, CA where Col Phillip Butch presented topics ranging from Engagement Skills Training to California National Guard Domestic All-Hazard Response scenarios and the 146th Airlift Wing whereThe Royal Netherlands Army sends The LWC delegation will be lead by Brigadier General J. (Hans) Hardenbol, the Army Director for Training & Operations. Brigadier General Hardenbol is responsible for the process of operational and combat readiness training of army units. He is also responsible for mission planning of army units.
Specific subjects during the LWC are Military Decision Making Processes at several levels of operation, current military affairs and its developments, national doctrine, and the doctrine of prominent partner countries and NATO.
The LWC precedes the Dutch Command and General Staff College (CGSC). These two courses allow, after completion, access to the Dutch Armed Forces Management Development system. The general purpose of the course is to assist and facilitate the future general staff officer in increasing his or her personal effectiveness.