Service members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and police officers with the Philippine National Police demonstrated techniques learned throughout the field training exercise portion of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2014, August 14, in front of senior leaders from 20 nations.
This year marks the 13th iteration of this event, which is held annually by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and consists of a field-training exercise and a leadership seminar. This marks the first time the AFP are hosting NOLES. The exercise promotes awareness and effective use of non-lethal weapons (NLW) to maintain order in low-intensity conflicts or civil unrest.
The demonstration is the final part of the FTX, and the first part of the leadership seminar to show other nations the effectiveness of non-lethal tactics.
“The seminar portion is to educate leaders. We have colonels and lieutenant colonels from peace keeping organizations, and 20 countries here today that will hopefully take back some of the knowledge and information, and implement into their operations and plans,” said Mr. Larry Brown, Non-lethal Weapons Officer for Pacific Command (PACOM) and MarForPac.
The AFP and PNP participants learned various non-lethal tactics during the past week and a half that included Mechanical Advantage Control Holds (MACH), Taser and Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray training, the shooting of non-lethal munitions, and riot formations to help during crowd disturbances.
“The Filipinos performed outstanding; they did everything we taught them; and we had no problems,” said GySgt. Herman L. Marquez III, a non-lethal weapons instructor from 3rd Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “This was great.”
Now that the exercise is in it’s final stage, the Marines from 3rd LE Bn., prepare to go back to Okinawa, but have good feelings about the experience here at NOLES.
“I really enjoyed this NOLES, I think it was a success and it went well for both nations partaking in it,” said Marquez, who is participating in his second NOLES. “If we got asked to come to the Philippines again, I would be honored.”