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NEWS | Sept. 30, 2023

10th Mountain Division, Task Force Badger trains on new non-lethal capability to protect the force

By CJTF-OIR Public Affairs

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Soldiers from Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) participated in non-lethal force protection training with U.S. Embassy firefighters at Union III in Baghdad, Sept. 24.

2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment (Task Force Badger) supports the base protection mission at Union III, home to Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve’s forward headquarters.

“For our team, it’s a new capability we’ve now learned to non-lethally control a crowd or group to protect the base,” says Pfc. Natan Weiner, Task Force Badger.

The Soldiers trained in pairs as they learned proper techniques on how to control pressure and aim behind the water’s powerful blast.

“If you’ve never sprayed a hose off the back of a fire truck, you’re likely going to lose control, said Pfc. Cam Wollschlager, Task Force Badger. “There’s a lot of built-up pressure. It’s not something you can pick up for the first time and know what you’re doing.”

While Task Force Badger trains to stay proficient in their daily force protection mission, the Soldiers appreciate the opportunity to add to their skillset.

“Learning something new outside of our normal wheelhouse is fun and a good use of our time, especially when it contributes to our primary mission, which is force protection.”