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Training the Corps: USAIC&FH Cultural Awareness and HUMINT Mobile Training Team opportunities.

It's time. Your unit has been ordered to provide support in the Middle East. There are many things that need to be done. One of those things is training. How can I get my soldiers ready? What is our mission? Can we support the mission with what we have? What is it like in the Middle East? There are many questions the soldiers will have. You need to be able to answer those questions or direct the soldiers to someone who can.

Let's look at one of the questions-What is it like in the Middle East? How can you find out about the cultural, religious, geographical, and historical aspects of your area of operations that will impact mission success? This is where the U.S. Army Intelligence Center's (USAIC) Cultural Awareness and HUMINT Mobile Training Teams (CA and HUMINT MTTs) come in. Part of the USAIC Training Division, the CA and HUMINT MTT Branch was originally created in 2004 and is located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. To date, we have trained over 26,000 soldiers.

What can the CA and HUMINT MTT Branch do for you and your soldiers? Well, let's start out by saying that we can provide up to forty hours of CA training focusing on Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM and tailored to the level and depth your unit requires. In addition we can provide both HUMINT Collection Team (HCT) and Tactical Questioning (TQ) training. And the training comes to you, it's that easy.

The need for CA training is nothing new. It is just that up until recently we have learned it is to our advantage to train all soldiers in CA and not just the select few in order to successfully accomplish our mission. The old adage "just tell me who to shoot" is not the acceptable way of doing the business of war. In the Global War on Terrorism we need to know as much about our enemy as we can so we can take that knowledge, obtain reliable intelligence, and apply it to accomplish the mission.


All of the instructors on the CA and HUMINT Team are American citizens or first and second generation Arabic or Middle Eastern descent and may have or follow the Muslim faith. Other team members include former soldiers and other civilians who have experience and education in Middle East studies providing a soldier's perspective. The CA and HUMINT MTT can provide your unit with the information it needs to better understand the region in which it will be operating. Soldiers can learn about the history of Islam, Arab culture, Iraq/Afghanistan culture, tactical application of cultural knowledge, Middle East geography and many topics off our long list of classes. You'll learn the myths and facts.

To schedule training please contact our MTT Coordinator, Mr. Art Vigil at 520-538-4338, DSN 879-4338 or Readers may contact him at 520-533-5989; DSN 821-5989 or via email at

Editor's Note: The CA MTT course contents are at in the FOUO folder.

Captain Gribble enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1983, he accepted a direct commission (USAR) into the Military Intelligence Corps in 2004. Captain Gribble's Active and Reserve assignments include: USAISC-J-SB, Okinawa, Japan; USAISC-Ft. Riley, Detachment, Fort Riley, Kansas; the 5/20th Infantry Battalion, Korea; and the 5-104th MI Battalion, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He was mobilized in 2004 and currently serves as the Director, HUMINT and CA MTT Branch located at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.
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Author:Gribble, John E.
Publication:Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Date:Apr 1, 2006
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