Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Harmon from the Ohio National Guardsman from Cincinnati is among those who recently completed OMLT training with their NATO counterparts at the JMRC as the coalition troops readied themselves for the upcoming deployment.
The two weeks Harmon spent with Hungarians at JMRC along with four months with them in Hungary have allowed him time not only to learn a new language, but also to get to know his Hungarian comrades. During the OMLT training, Harmon was astonished by the Hungarian soldiers' work ethic and eagerness to learn.
At the end of most days, the National Guardsmen knew where to find the Hungarian soldier, outside the barracks in the grass continuing weapons training or practicing casualty care.
"They are adamant about learning about the different techniques and methods we use in the U.S. military,” Harmon said. "It makes our jobs a lot easier and instills confidence in us.”
Hungarian army First Lt. Josef Tulipan of the Hungarian Defense Forces said working with the U.S. troops at JMRC was a mutually beneficial learning experience. Most importantly, it gave Hungarian soldiers insight into how American soldiers react in particular combat situations, he said.
"We learned how the U.S. soldiers think,” Tulipan said.
Army Lt. Phillip Patti of the Ohio National Guard said training with the Hungarians here at JMRC gave troops from both countries a chance to complete critical hands on training using equipment, aids and other assets that weren't available elsewhere."It was a good time to get [the Hungarians] in the driver's seat of a Humvee and behind a turret,” Patti said.