By Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
1st Cavalry Division public affairs
When the Israeli Defense Forces Doctrine Department sent a six-person delegation to the United States on a fact-finding mission, they decided to meet on Wednesday with combat veterans from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.
“We want to mostly share the lessons learned during their period (in Iraq),” said Israeli air force Maj. Erik Lanis, who serves in the Doctrine Department. “We want to share TTPs (Tactics, Techniques and Procedures) and learn the same things like your Army.”
He said that although their military is very experienced in fighting, that their combat is not at all the same as what the U.S. military has been used to fighting. Even though they fight on a daily basis in the West Bank, Lanis said they are more interested in U.S. Army procedures during combat operation such as cordon and searches and raids.
“I don’t think we are ready for a real war; we need to incorporate a combined arms maneuver like the U.S. Army,” Lanis said. “We had an opportunity to spend a lot of time with majors and colonels listening to their combat experiences.”
The IDF delegation traveled to Fort Leavenworth’s Center for Army Lessons Learned during their tour. Their trip to Fort Hood included discussions with combat veterans in the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division as well.
After a brief meeting with the brigade’s commander, Col. Ryan F. Gonsalves, the delegation was taken to one of the machine gun ranges on Fort Hood to meet with combat veterans with Bravo Troop, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, during a machine gun range at Cow House Machine Gun Range.
There, the delegation was paired up with soldiers who experienced different battles during their deployment to Iraq.
1st Sgt. Michael Williams, of Florence, spoke about how he and his platoon knew everything about their sector down to a trash pile on their streets.
“Over there, actions speak louder than words,” Dawson told Lanis.