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Posted: July 27, 2017 3:22 p.m.
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9th BEB Soldiers, their Families conduct military intelligence training

Photos by Spc. Robert Winns/

Soldiers of 9th BEB, 2IBCT, 3rd ID, conduct intelligence preparation of the battlefield during a Military Intelligence Validation Exercise, July 17, at Fort Stewart. MIVALEX provided military intelligence Soldiers an opportunity to train on identifying potential threats during a notional scenario using Soldiers' Families as civilians on the battlefield.

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Soldiers of 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conduct battlefield preparation training during a Military Intelligence Validation Exercise, July 17, at Fort Stewart.

The battalion's MIVALEX provided military intelligence Soldiers an opportunity to train on identifying potential threats during a notional scenario using Soldiers' Families as civilians on the battlefield.

“If the training consisted of only military personnel, then the training would not be as realistic,” said Capt. Devan Vaughan, an intelligence officer, with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd IBCT, 3rd ID. “We wanted to get Families involved to get that real life experience. Soldiers would typically be around ages 18-23, to where the Family Members would be around 18-55 years of age.”

Training was separated into two phases: Mission analysis and tactical operation.

Intel Soldiers assessed the enemy's intent, strength, weaknesses, capabilities, and operational plans; and battle tracked 2nd IBCT elements as they moved toward objectives.

They practiced low-level voice intercept, field craft, concealment techniques and the use of communications Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency plans.

The information collected by the Signal Intelligence Soldiers assist the development of situational awareness, identify a threat network, and reveal the threat's tactics, techniques, and procedures intentions and planning cycle.

“As the only military intelligence company in the brigade, this allows us to train Soldiers on identifying potential threats on the battlefield, ” said Vaughan, “This also gives us the opportunity to enforce the standard of operations and show Soldiers our real-world survival capabilities.”


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