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Facing the inferno:  Surrounded by the clear blue skies and bright orange sand of Oman, Omani and U.S. forces conducted a simulated assault against dozens of enemy fighters, Jan. 31, 2018, in the culminating event of Inferno Creek 18, a three-week training exercise conducted by the U.S. and Omani armies near Thumrait, Oman.

The joint exercise allowed multiple elements of both militaries to practice working together, with the countries each contributing scouts, mortars, infantry, engineers, and other elements that worked hand-in-hand to complete their task: an assault on a simulated enemy compound followed by a hasty defense against an armored enemy counterattack.

The success of the training mission relied on seeds planted three weeks before when the leaders met to work through the military decision-making process, or MDMP, according to Lt. Col. Jonathan M. Genge, the U.S. task force commander for the exercise.

“It’s been great since day one, the Omanis coming in right on time, every day, for MDMP, energetic, ready to tackle the task of the day,” he said. “They’ve come in with their experiences, we’ve learned from that as well. They took the lead in a lot of things with MDMP as well as [course of action] development, the wargaming.”

For the Soldiers on the ground, working with the Omanis presented new challenges but allowed for great experiences.

“I feel pretty excited about it, because I’m working with someone from an entirely different country,” said Pfc. Tyiamarte J. Linley Jr., a mortarman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 35th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division. “New language, new culture, new everything, and it’s just fascinating, just learning more about a different country, a different person, completely.” Read more

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Facing the inferno:  Surrounded by the clear blue skies and bright orange sand of Oman, Omani and U.S. forces conducted a simulated assault against dozens of enemy fighters, Jan. 31, 2018, in the culminating event of Inferno Creek 18, a three-week training exercise conducted by the U.S. and Omani armies near Thumrait, Oman.