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In Any Clime and Place

Multilateral non-lethal seminar begins in Thailand

By U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young | | June 09, 2011

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U.S. Marine Sgt. Kiel Waltz, a native of Havelock, N.C. assigned to Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, discusses the effectiveness of a taser with a group of military observers during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed a demonstration and handled non-lethal weapons prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

U.S. Marine Sgt. Kiel Waltz, a native of Havelock, N.C. assigned to Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, discusses the effectiveness of a taser with a group of military observers during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed a demonstration and handled non-lethal weapons prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by Illustration by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young)


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U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Peterson (right), a native of Bellingham, Wash., an instructor at Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, watches as New Zealand Army Maj. Jeff Howe loads non-lethal ammunition into a Mossberg shotgun during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world fired non-lethal munitions after a demonstration by Royal Thai military and police forces.  Howe is attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok, Thailand June 8-10. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brian Peterson (right), a native of Bellingham, Wash., an instructor at Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, watches as New Zealand Army Maj. Jeff Howe loads non-lethal ammunition into a Mossberg shotgun during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world fired non-lethal munitions after a demonstration by Royal Thai military and police forces. Howe is attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok, Thailand June 8-10. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by Illustration by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young)


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Foreign military representatives observe Royal Thai military and police forces demonstrate non-lethal techniques during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Multinational military representatives observed the demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (U.S.  Air Force photo/Master Sgt.

Foreign military representatives observe Royal Thai military and police forces demonstrate non-lethal techniques during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Multinational military representatives observed the demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen Young)


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Royal Thai military and police forces spray a mock form of pepper spray on a simulated uncontrolled crowd during a demonstration of non-lethal techniques during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed the demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

Royal Thai military and police forces spray a mock form of pepper spray on a simulated uncontrolled crowd during a demonstration of non-lethal techniques during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed the demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen Young)


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Royal Thai military and police forces move into formation before demonstrating non-lethal techniques for multinational observers in Chonburi, Thailand during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed the demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

Royal Thai military and police forces move into formation before demonstrating non-lethal techniques for multinational observers in Chonburi, Thailand during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed the demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen Young)


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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Carlos Pesqueira from Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, demonstrates how to arm a non-lethal grenade to a Mongolian Army officer during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world fired non-lethal munitions after a demonstration by Royal Thai military and police forces. NOLES, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Carlos Pesqueira from Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, demonstrates how to arm a non-lethal grenade to a Mongolian Army officer during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world fired non-lethal munitions after a demonstration by Royal Thai military and police forces. NOLES, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by Illustration by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young)


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U.S. Marines and Sailors from Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, instruct multinational observers on the use of the M-203 grenade launcher during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world fired non-lethal munitions after a demonstration by Royal Thai military and police forces. NOLES 11, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

U.S. Marines and Sailors from Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force, instruct multinational observers on the use of the M-203 grenade launcher during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world fired non-lethal munitions after a demonstration by Royal Thai military and police forces. NOLES 11, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen Young)


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New Zealand Army Maj. Jeff Howe prepares to fire a non-lethal grenade with the use of a launching cup attached to a Mossberg shotgun during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed a non-lethal demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok, Thailand June 8-10. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries.

New Zealand Army Maj. Jeff Howe prepares to fire a non-lethal grenade with the use of a launching cup attached to a Mossberg shotgun during Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar 2011(NOLES) June 8. Military representatives from around the world observed a non-lethal demonstration prior to attending a senior officer non-lethal seminar in Bangkok, Thailand June 8-10. The seminar, co-hosted by Thai and U.S. militaries, promotes the advancement of non-lethal capabilities by serving as a forum to exchange ideas among partner militaries. (Photo by Illustration by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young)


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CHONBURI, Thailand -- Military representatives from more than 25 countries gathered, in Chonburi, Thailand, June 8, to witness a demonstration of non-lethal techniques taught during the U.S.-Thai bilateral training of Non-lethal Weapons Executive Seminar (NOLES) 2011.

Partner militaries from around the world observed the Thai soldiers’ tactics refined by seven days of training with U.S. Marines.

Non-lethal weapons are designed to incapacitate equipment and personnel while minimizing fatalities and permanent injury. This capability is preferred by militaries during rescue missions, force protection during civil disturbances, or when civilians are used to mask a military attack.

Many of the representatives were thrilled to witness the demonstration and understand its effectiveness.

“It’s very important that we have the capability to safeguard our soldiers, sailors and army, but also our civilian population,” said New Zealand Army Maj. Jeff Howe of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment.

U.S. Marines from the Special Operations Training Group, III Marine Expeditionary Force from Okinawa, Japan, assisted in the training, and they were happy with the demonstration, which highlighted the use of pepper spray, crowd control, communication and Mechanical Advantage Control Holds (MACH).

“The demonstration went smoothly,” said Sgt. Ricardo Narvaez, a native of San Antonio. “It was really good to see their training come to fruition and executed well.” These events not only contribute to operational readiness and interoperability, but also contribute to military-to-military relationships among partner nations.

“Events like this are excellent,” added Howe. “We get to speak with our partners in the Pacific region and talk about operational experiences and share ideas.”

NOLES is a multilateral theater security cooperation event for non-lethal weapons. The annual seminars are designed to promote awareness of non-lethal weapons as well as develop technique, tactics and procedures to maintain order in low-intensity or civil unrest scenarios.