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JANUS Simulation Tests Paraguayan Military 
 
Sub-Oficial Segunda Francisco Lopez (left) shakes hands with The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter 
Sub-Oficial Segunda Francisco Lopez (left) shakes hands with The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter, during a ceremony following a Joint War Fighter Exercise at the JANUS Center, Camp Edwards, Mass., Dec. 7, 2008. The Massachusetts National Guard has worked with the Paraguayan military through the State Partnership Program since 2004. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Steve Tedeschi)
By Sgt. 1st Class Steve Tedeschi, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs 
 

CAMP CURTIS GUILD, Mass. - After traveling over 4,700 miles, a contingent of Paraguayan soldiers embraced a challenging 36-hour training event here last December. These soldiers conducted a first-hand, computerized training exercise using the JANUS system at Camp Edwards’ simulation center. JANUS is an interactive, digital simulation of combined-arms warfare named after the Roman god, “Janus”, who guarded Rome’s city gates.

Army Maj. Tim Byrne, of the 188th Engineer Detachment, coordinated the training and offered the full support of his unit. He said that all the soldiers performed very well considering they jumped into the exercise after such a long journey. They were well-tested in tactical operations center procedures during a multitude of joint war fighter exercises. 

Col. Ruben Pena, commander of the Joint Peacekeeping Operation Training Center for the Paraguayan army, said, “We want to be good partners in this relationship. We had a very stressful exercise, but it was very successful because of the goodwill and cooperation of our American friends.”

The four-day visit ended with a brief ceremony and awards presentation presided over by The Adjutant General of Massachusetts, Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter. This successful training event further strengthened the engagement between the Paraguayan military and Massachusetts National Guard.

2/9/2009