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SOI FLEXES MUSCLES FOR FOREIGN OFFICERS

By Cpl. Kyle J. Walker | | April 27, 2000

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                              Senior officers from 12 nations met at the School of Infantry April 11 to
view a static display of firepower the Marine Corps uses when storming the
beach.

The 18 officers were here as part of the 42nd annual International Senior
Officers Amphibious Planning course at Naval Air Station North Island.

The 11-week course covers concepts and procedures officers need to plan
naval and landing-force expeditionary warfare, said Capt. Chris Steinhilber,
SOI operations.

Course concepts include amphibious warfare introduction and the role and
duties of the maritime prepositioning force; joint logistics; over-the-shore
supply; and expeditionary warfare staff planning.

The foreign officers marveled at the Marine Corps? arsenal
"Most of the Marine Corps' weapons are quite impressive," said Lt. Cmdr.
Iain Jarvie, Australian navy. "The Australian navy is starting to mount
weapons on vehicles, and to see the Marines doing it already is quite
impressive. This will give us ideas on how to mount the weapons."

The School of Infantry displayed the High Mobility Multi Wheeled Vehicle
with mounted M220E4 tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile.

The display included the MK153 shoulder-launched, multipurpose assault
weapon, along with various artillery pieces, machineguns and rifles.

"Being able to compare doctrine and weapons was a great experience," said
Cmdr. Nick Bramwell, Australian navy. "Some of our weapons are similar,
but it is always good to compare. Now we can possibly do business together
and get better weapons."

"It was great to see some of the new weapon systems the Australian Navy
might be getting," said Lt. Arnaud Ng, Australian navy. "I hope to be coming
back again."

The visiting contingent included officers from Korea, Thailand, Egypt and
Brazil.

In addition to expeditionary warfare instruction, the officers are taking
informational trips to various locations, including Washington D.C. and San
Francisco, Steinhilber said. The program intends to present the officers with
a balanced overview of American values, culture and way of life.
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