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.