A Mobile Training Team of eight U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces South in Miami, Florida, visited Barbados from May 2-13 to serve as marksmanship instructors for 43 soldiers of the Barbados Defense Force (BDF).
The training familiarized the BDF soldiers with the U.S. Marine Corps’ program of instruction on rifle marksmanship, building on the existing weapons proficiency skills of the BDF soldiers while exposing them to techniques and procedures utilized by the Marines as best practices for the safe and effective employment of the M16/M4 rifle. The event also offered an opportunity for BDF soldiers to engage in tactical shooting scenarios that promote advanced skills, and exchange best practices for the safe and efficient conduct of rifle ranges. Each BDF soldier received a combination of classroom instruction, dry-fire drills, and live-fire range instruction.
The training also served as an opportunity to build esprit de corps and camaraderie between the BDF and the U.S. Armed Forces.
U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS, Linda Taglialatela remarked, “The United States Government remains committed to working with governments in the region to cooperate on issues of mutual concern, including military training. U.S. Embassy Bridgetown was pleased to host the Mobile Training Team from U.S. Marine Forces South in this exercise with the soldiers of the Barbados Defense Force.”