Another batch of Small Unit Leadership Development Training concluded yesterday August 9 at Headquarters, 53rd IB, Camp Sabido, this town.
The 10-man squad led by Sgt. Parame composed the Batch 7 of Small Unit Leadership Development Training.
In SULDT, the Matapat Tropers and small-unit leaders are trained to provide effective Command and Control (C2). They are also trained to be physically fit and mentally tough, because cannot function effectively if they are not physically ready to “keep up.”
Last July 11 this year, this same squad led by Sgt Parame successfully captured a .50-caliber Sniper Rifle (Barrett), Rocket-Propelled Grenade, improvised shotgun, one M16 Assault Rifle, and an estimated 15-kilogram Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which was used as a landmine in a firefight against the communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists’ Main Regional Guerilla Unit (MRGU) and HQ “KALAW” of Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) in the boundary of Sitio Tumanong, Brgy Macasing and Sitio Lacnapan, Brgy Pange, both in Siayan town, Zamboanga del Norte.
In his inspirational message, 53rd IB Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera reiterated that the best weapon to defeat the enemy is a well-trained and well-motivated soldier.
Small Unit Operations utilizing squads, the smallest unit of the military organization, intends to accomplish missions where larger units may be ineffective and uneconomical.