Exercise Phoenix Odyssey
US Marines, British Army Finish Exercise Phoenix Odyssey

U.S. Marines and soldiers from the British Army recently wrapped up weeklong training on bilateral military intelligence operations known as Exercise Phoenix Odyssey.

The exercise, which took place from Sept. 11-18, involved Marines of 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force, and British Army Reserve soldiers of the 5, 6, and 7 Military Intelligence Battalions, 1st Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Brigade, according to a release from the U.S. Marines.

The scenario placed the two units inside a Military Operations in Urban Terrain training facility with role players to simulate operating in a foreign country and responding to issues involving: humanitarian aid in response to a viral outbreak, civil unrest due to living conditions, domestic terrorism and civil war.

The urban setting of the MOUT town, meticulously detailed situations, and interactive role players gave the combined force of intelligence operatives a realistic setting to apply their skills.

“The realism was outstanding,” Sgt. George P. H. Colquhoun, a military intelligence operative and team medic with 5 MI Bn., 1 ISR Brigade, said in a statement. “Considering our current operations, the training value of this scenario in a MOUT facility is an opportunity we wouldn’t want to miss.”


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