designed to assess GDF troops in Close and Open Country Warfare simulations of battle
The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Field Tactical Exercise (FTX), HOMEGUARD, commenced yesterday with the final contingent of troops moving into the Exercise Area located in the jungles and savannahs of Ituni and Tacama (Regions 10 and 6). The Exercise will continue over the next nine days and culminate on August 26.
Brainstorming of the various scenarios and the totality of the Exercise, occurred during the Study Days and a Command Post Exercise (CPX) which were conducted over the past two weeks. A statement from the GDF said following these activities, a Tactical Exercise Without Troops (TEWT) was conducted.
The Exercise is designed to assess the GDF troops in Close Country Warfare (CCW) and Open Country Warfare (OCW) simulations of battle. The Exercise will also be utilising all available resources and pitting the troops against a simulated enemy, in order to validate training at all levels.
One section of the convoy on its way to the Exercise yesterday
Exercise HOMEGUARD comes ten months on the heels of the successfully completed Exercise GREENHEART which was conducted in Region Seven last November. These Exercises are all part of the continuous training for the Officers and Ranks of the GDF, and are also designed to enable them to test theories and develop new strategies related to how OCW and CCW can best be executed.
Troops being briefed before departure