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In Any Clime and Place

III MEF unit shares non-lethal tactics with Bangladeshi service members, law enforcement personnel

By Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso | | July 16, 2008

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Bangladesh Rifles Senior Warrant Officer S. Damannan applies mechanical advantage control/hold two to Sgt. Corey Gonzalez July 13 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Damannan was a student attending the course. Gonzalez is an assistant anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group.

Bangladesh Rifles Senior Warrant Officer S. Damannan applies mechanical advantage control/hold two to Sgt. Corey Gonzalez July 13 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Damannan was a student attending the course. Gonzalez is an assistant anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Bangladesh Rifles Senior Warrant Officer S. Damannan applies mechanical advantage control/hold one to Sgt. Corey Gonzalez July 13 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Damannan is a student attending the course. Gonzalez is an assistant anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group.

Bangladesh Rifles Senior Warrant Officer S. Damannan applies mechanical advantage control/hold one to Sgt. Corey Gonzalez July 13 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Damannan is a student attending the course. Gonzalez is an assistant anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Dodd demonstrates how to apply mechanical advantage control/hold three July 13 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008, here. Dodd is the senior anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group.

Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Dodd demonstrates how to apply mechanical advantage control/hold three July 13 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008, here. Dodd is the senior anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Sgt. Wesley Wallace teaches cuffing procedures to Bangladesh service members and local law-enforcement personnel July 15 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Wallace is an anti-terrorism force protection instructor with Maine Corps Base Camp Butler's Provost Marshal's Office.

Sgt. Wesley Wallace teaches cuffing procedures to Bangladesh service members and local law-enforcement personnel July 15 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Wallace is an anti-terrorism force protection instructor with Maine Corps Base Camp Butler's Provost Marshal's Office. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Dodd douses a Bangladesh Rifles soldier with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. The training is designed to understand the effects of pepper spray before deciding to employ it. Dodd is the senior anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group.

Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Dodd douses a Bangladesh Rifles soldier with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. The training is designed to understand the effects of pepper spray before deciding to employ it. Dodd is the senior anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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A Bangladeshi Rifles soldier swings his bayonet to suppress a simulated suspect after Marine instructors doused him with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. The training provides a better understanding of the effects of pepper spray before it is employed.

A Bangladeshi Rifles soldier swings his bayonet to suppress a simulated suspect after Marine instructors doused him with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. The training provides a better understanding of the effects of pepper spray before it is employed. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Bangladesh service members and local law-enforcement personel huddle around a fan for relief after a familarization exercise with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. The training provides a better understanding of the effects of pepper spray before it is employed.

Bangladesh service members and local law-enforcement personel huddle around a fan for relief after a familarization exercise with oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. The training provides a better understanding of the effects of pepper spray before it is employed. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Bangladesh service members and local law-enforcement personnel cringe in pain as they experience the effects of a X26E electro-muscular disrupter (stun gun)  July 15 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here.

Bangladesh service members and local law-enforcement personnel cringe in pain as they experience the effects of a X26E electro-muscular disrupter (stun gun) July 15 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Marine instructors ease Bangladesh Air Force Flight Lt. Muzaffor Raahath to the ground while experiancing the effects of a X26E electro-muscular disrupter (stun gun)  July 15 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here.

Marine instructors ease Bangladesh Air Force Flight Lt. Muzaffor Raahath to the ground while experiancing the effects of a X26E electro-muscular disrupter (stun gun) July 15 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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Sgt. Corey Gonzalez lies compliantly after a Bangladeshi soldier employed simulated pepper spray on him July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Gonzalez is an assistant anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group.

Sgt. Corey Gonzalez lies compliantly after a Bangladeshi soldier employed simulated pepper spray on him July 14 during Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008 here. Gonzalez is an assistant anti-terrorism force protection instructor with III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group. (Photo by Cpl. Juan D. Alfonso)


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PEELKHANA, DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Okinawa-based Marines and sailors shared non-lethal tactics with more than 100 Bangladeshi service members and local law-enforcement personnel July 12 – 21 during a training scenario here.

The training was part of Non-Lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2008, a bilateral training seminar headed by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and conducted by III Marine Expeditionary Force's Special Operations Training Group to teach Bangladeshi service members non-lethal tactics.

The purpose of the seminar is to teach Bangladeshi service members and law-enforcement personnel how to employ non-lethal techniques for peace-keeping operations and security using the minimum amount of force necessary, said Capt. David Fenbert, the assistant SOTG Detachment officer in charge.

“Our hope is that the participants will take this training back to their respective services and, if necessary, use it,” said. Maj. Bradley Magrath, the SOTG Detachment and field exercise OIC.

The Marines began the nine-day training package with classes on rules of engagement and the force continuum, a system that determines how much force is necessary to suppress an aggressor.

“You need to take temper and intent into consideration before deciding what action you want to take,” said Sgt. Russell A. Douthat, an anti-terrorism force protection instructor with the unit. “If there is no immediate threat of bodily harm or death, it may be better to employ non-lethal measures to stop them.”

Once the students understood the core doctrines for violence, the instructors began teaching them a series of baton and mechanical advantage control/hold techniques, a series of movements designed to control a suspect using the least amount of energy possible.

“MACH is very good for capturing,” said Bangladesh Maj. Shardar-Mohammed Lablur, a student at the course. “It doesn’t break bones and allows me to use minimal force to maximize my goal. It’s very simple and I will teach it to my men.”

Once the students were proficient with all aspects of non-lethal weapons, the Marines introduced them to the two most painful portions of the non-lethal course: the X26E electro-muscular disrupter (stun gun) and oleoresin capsicum (pepper) spray.

Enduring the pain of the stun gun and pepper spray allows users to understand their effects, according to Douthat. It also helps users learn how to defend themselves if an aggressor uses either tactic against them.

“The spray was terrible,” said Bangledesh Navy/Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mohammad Ashrafulalam, a student of the course. “But it was very good training. We don’t have the opportunity for this training in my country but maybe we introduce these sorts of items now that we see how effective it is."

After they experienced the effectiveness of pepper spray and tasers, the Marines concluded the training with a series of riot control techniques utilizing bayonets, shields and non-lethal ammunition, such as beanbags.

“Given their non-familiarity with the weapons used they’ve done very well,” said Gunnery Sgt. Dennis Dodd, the senior anti-terrorism force protection instructor and Detachment staff noncommissioned officer in charge. “Once they got past their fear of the unknown and their anxiety, they took to the training and have done well.”

Many of their Bangladeshi counterparts felt the training was very beneficial and wanted to thank the Marine instructors for their hard work and patience.

“The Marines were very professional, knew their job and how to teach it,” said Bangladesh Rifle Maj. Mohammed Saleh, second in command of the 24th Rifle Battalion and Bangladesh field exercise OIC. “My people enjoyed the experience and I want to thank MARFORPAC for allowing us to have it.”