Lt. Col. Jorge Dolmo is one of the many U.S. troops deploying to overseas hotspots such as South Sudan, Liberia, Mali, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their mission: to support United Nations peacekeeping efforts.
BSR was honored to meet (and train) this great group of men and women before their deployment.
Watch: UN Evasive Driving Training
This class had 26 officers — 11 from the Army, seven from the Marine Corps, six from the Air Force and two from the Navy. To prepare, they spent six days — part of an overall 28-day training regimen — here at Summit Point Motorsports Park receiving firearms training, first aid skills and intense lessons on defensive and evasive driving.
Once overseas, these men and women take pains to integrate into the international governmental organization’s mission, including wearing the blue UN patch on their right sleeve. They likely will be operating in small groups with little to no force protection support, which makes their training here essential.
“This gives them some foundational training. If they’re out there on their own … and there’s a threat, they can evade it,” said Lt. Col. David McGurk, the U.S. Military Observer Group’s chief of operations. Lt. Col. Ben Sunds elaborated further. “No matter how many times you’ve done this, it’s perishable. We all always have the right to protect ourselves, and it’s not that you’re expecting trouble, but that you’re prepared.”
This great Video by Daniel Woolfolk and Satvika Khera shows Chris Otto giving Army Times editor Tony Lombardo a taste of the training that will help keep officers safe in United Nations missions abroad. Check it out!