Area Support Group of the US Army organized a day-visit by representatives of the media in Kuwait to Camp Buehring, to see and experience the lifestyle of the American soldiers present at the base. The base which was established in 2003 operates mainly on training and maintaining a large fleet of tanks, trucks and military equipment related to facing future conflicts and to support relief efforts for humanitarian disasters.
This was the first such training held since 2019 due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic. Lieutenant Austin May of the US Army, who accompanied the journalists on this tour confirmed that one of the goals of the air assault school at the future Buehring base was to train Kuwaiti soldiers on air assault operations.
The guided tour included visiting the various facilities of the camp and understanding the day in the life of a US soldier at the base. The excellent arrangement and facilities at the camp showcased the US military might and training precision that soldiers underwent.
The highlight of the visit was watching the conclusion of a training held in Air Assault, which was considered an important skill to develop for soldiers in the US Army, as it provided soldiers with the basic skills necessary for air assault operations.
The Air Assault School at Camp Buehring, graduated a new batch of its trainees who successfully completed the air assault training considered one of the best military exercises. 223 soldiers were able to reach the third and final stage before going through rigorous testing.
Soldiers were trained and assessed during the air assault course by the Mobile Training Team led by Staff Sergeant Skonaya Vumou. The training, which lasts for 10 days, includes several stages. The preliminary stage includes mastering the obstacle course and running for a distance of four miles.
The first stage then includes familiarizing with and mastering the knowledge of the capabilities of a group of helicopters in terms of weights and measures, preparing the landing area and mastering the aircraft’s manual signals. The second stage trains soldiers in loading operations. The use of cranes and the transfer of cargo tanks in the air. The third and final stage provides training in mastering landing techniques with or without weapons.
Before announcing the official graduation from the training, the trainees must undergo an endurance test of marching quickly for a distance of 16 kilometers, carrying 20 kilos of equipment. After the end of the course, the trainees return to their units inside the camp.
Journalists were privileged to watch the training live as well as visit the various facilities available to soldiers including the recreation centre, the meditation and spiritual center and the dining facility where they were all treated to meals along with soldiers.