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2 Commanding GeneralSergeant MajorPublic Affairs OfficerDeputy Public Affairs OfficerMoD Public Affairs Advisor DoIA Public Affairs OfficerMoD Media Relations Officer Public Affairs NCOICEditorGraphic DesignPhotojournalistPublic Affairs Operations NCO>> ON THE COVERThe Advisor Contents of this paper are not necessarily The Advisr Features 8th IA Div. assumes responsibility of COP 44 16 14 Soldiers representing different 8th IA Div. units stand together prior to the transfer of authority ceremony at Combat Outpost 4 on Mar. 3 Humanitarian aid coming to Iraqi detainment facili ties 7 9Iraqi civil defense recognized on Internation al Civil Defense Day for progress and growth 12First rounds downrange for Iraqi M1A1 tank program Iraqi kids receive new wheelchairs Iraqi special operations forces soldiers perfect convoy skillsU.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente


3 by Van N. Williams, MNSCT-I PAOKIRKUK Iraq More than 600 Iraqi Army soldiers 15th Brigade, 12th Division graduated from an intense Collective Training, or K1 Regional Training Center here March 12. According to Iraqi Army Jasim Dohi, deputy chief soldiers received small and intermediate weapons training, IED awareness and prevention training and check point procedures practiced patrolling in a MOUT (Military Operations on Urban Terrain), that simulated a village with homes and a hospital. The soldiers also had ethics without values is not good. You become an army of criminals and the people course will be taught to Iraqs soldiers in a process that will bring a single standard of professionalism to the army, according to U.S. Army deputy commanding general, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq Advisory Training Team. with senior Iraqi and reminded the group that, The training is hard. Its supposed to be hard; you are supposed to get dirty. Were not here to make it easy. USAF Photo by Capt. Thomas Avilucea) Iraqi Army Staff Lt. Gen. Husayn Jasim Dohi, deputy chief of staff for training, speaks to the media after reviewing more than 600 soldiers during a graduation ceremony at the K 1 Re professional standard for the Iraqi Army.Were here to train soldiers. an old Iraqi saying, Follow the man who makes you cry, not the man who makes you laugh and you will be stronger for it. This training has become part of the continuous itself through use of realistic is one more vital step towards ensuring Iraqs selftransition from Coalition to Iraqi-led operations in support of the Security Agreement between Iraq and the United States.USAF Photo by Capt. Thomas Avilucea More than 600 Iraqi soldiers graduate from a month long checkpoint procedures, IED awareness and prevention and weapons training.


4 Multi-National Division Center PAO CAMP ECHO Iraq The 8th Iraqi Army Division received responsibility for Combat Outpost 4 from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Warhorse Brigade during a transfer of authority ceremony at the outpost Mar. 3. The ceremony marked the 8th IA Div.s increasing ability to maintain security in the Diwaniya Province without Coalition assistance, as shown recently during safe and successful provincial elections Jan. 31. The transition of Combat Outpost 4 is a very important event to Iraqis, showing that America and Iraq are following the terms of the Security Agreement, which was signed on Jan. 1, 8th IA Div. commander. The combat outpost is very crucial to maintaining security and ensuring the in the past, is kept from doing the same again, said Oothman. The 8th Division personnel are very proud and happy to receive this site and consider it as a great achievement, said Oothman. Our priority is to continue to improve the safety of the city as we move further into the reconstruction phase. U.S. and Coalition Forces to help Army. Coalition forces have worked closely with the Iraqi Army. We have seen a dramatic improvement in the of this unit. The people of this great province and country should be Col. Doug Cardinale, 2nd Combined commander. of COP 4, working with the ISF since September. Army Division, under the guidance tool in keeping Diwaniya as one of the safest provinces in all of Iraq. Cardinale said. You cannot build a strong country without ensuring it has a strong army. Iraq is building for the future and its proud Army is leading the way. Transitions from CF to Iraqi control have been occurring throughout Iraq and will continue, because Iraqi Security Forces are taking the lead in securing Iraq, said Cardinale. The 8th Iraqi Army has been operating independently for more than three secure environment to the Iraqi people, said Col. Butch Kievenaar, 2nd BCT commander. Its been our privilege to partner with you and to continue to help in that development as you continue to move forward in securing Iraq. they are bonded by something more than blood. And this brigade, with the 8th Iraqi Army not only during this rotation but on previous rotations have served together and formed a brotherhood. Rest assured, our brotherhood will remain strong, and we will continue to always be there to support. While I dont think you will need it, we will always answer the call if you require us to be there, said Kievenaar. This is not an end; this is a continuation of our mission and a continuation of our partnership as we continue to move forward in securing Iraq, said Kievenaar. to continue providing security for the Iraqi people, helping to lead them towards a brighter future. I believe you will see a lot of ceremonies like this turning over locations as (Iraqi) further control of the security situation across all of Iraq, Kievenaar said. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente Col. Butch Kievenaar, 2nd BCT com mander, and Lt. Gen. Ali Salih Farhood Oothman, 8th IA Div. commander, sign the transfer of authority of COP 4 from the Warhorse Brigade to the 8th IA Div. during a ceremony at the combat outpost U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente Col. Butch Kievenaar, 2nd BCT commander, and Lt. Gen. Ali Salih Farhood Oothman, 8th IA Div. commander, shake hands as Kievenaar hands over the key to COP 4 during a transfer of authority ceremony at the combat outpost.


5 Operating Base Dolby CourseBAGHDAD Multi-National DivisionBaghdad Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division continued their mission of training the Soldiers of the Iraqi army. In support of the Security Agreement implementation, Iron Brigade Soldiers operations to advising, training and mentoring the IA. 25th Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division 27th Field Artillery Regiments Iraqi Forward Operating Base Dolby, March 16. The goal of the training is to continue the improvement of the IA and prepare them to assume an ever increasing role in providing for the defense of Iraq. The security situation in Iraq has dramatically improved and now the mission is to sustain the improved security environment when coalition forces are required to redeploy from Iraq in 2011. Majed embedded with the MND-B unit for the 14day course and received training in counseling soldiers, property accountability, patrolling, maintenance checks, mission planning, patrol briefs, rehearsals, pre-combat checks, and pre-combat inspections. These are responsibilities MND-B Soldiers take for granted, but are not part of the culture of the Iraqi army. In the beginning of the course I role, and the responsibility of a second lieutenant in an operational unit, said Majed. There are similar programs being used by other units in the MND-B NCOs, and soldiers. The IA and MND-B commanders work together Photo by Spc. Kevin Holden Photo by Spc. Kevin HoldenCapt. Allan Carroll, of Kailua, Hawaii, and commander of Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, Task Force 4th Battalion, 27th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, MultiNational DivisionBaghdad, presents 2nd Lt. Ghazwan Wafeaq Majed, of 2nd Battal ion, 25th Brigade, 17th Iraqi Army Division, a diploma for completing the Iraqi Junior Leader Development Course. to provide training, interaction, and The junior leader course is the most important operation we do, and accruing time service with the IA is the ultimate goal. Providing training ranking leaders in the IA is the commander, TF 4-27 FA. The graduation is another step toward the future for the Iraqi army and Iraq. Since Jan. 1, the IA and MND-B As more and more of the IA soldiers graduate from leadership courses and operate independently, it communicates sovereign country.2nd Lt. Ghazwan Wafeaq Majed (center), proudly holds his diploma he received after graduating from the Iraqi Junior Leader Development Course at Forward Operating Base Dolby. Story by U.S. Army Spc. Kevin Holden


6 Multi-National Division Center PAO CAMP ECHO, Iraq Iraqi Security Forces and the local government assumed full responsibility for manning and operating the Joint Security Station 2 in Diwaniya during a ceremony March 14. 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, transferred full authority to the ISF, the Diwaniya Provincial Department of Police. The Iraqi Security Forces are willing, ready and capable to conduct operations. This has been evident with the recent holidays, as well as the (provincial) elections, said Maj. William Sachse, Bn., 8th Inf. Regt. During those events, the ISF provided the majority of the security, keeping the The security the people of Diwaniya ISF, said Sachse. Soldiers from Company C, 2nd Combined Arms Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., who worked and lived with the Iraqi Army Soldiers and Iraqi Police at JSS 2. Today marks an important day for the Iraqi people of Diwaniya. The transfer of JSS 2 highlights the irreversible momentum toward a free and prosperous Iraq. Although U.S. forces are leaving JSS 2, our relationship will not change. I look forward to our continued partnership, said Sachse in a speech during the ceremony. The Iraqi Security Forces are ready and capable to take over the responsibility and operations of this station, said Amir, through an interpreter. The training we received from Coalition forces has improved our capabilities and were now able to defend our country and protect our province. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney Foliente U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Rodney FolienteCol. Abed al Jalil Abdul Amir, chief of staff for the Diwaniya Provincial Department of Police, signs a transfer of authority document during a ceremony turning over the JSS 2 to ISF control in Diwaniya. for 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, and Col. Abed al Jalil Abdul Amir, chief of staff for the Diwaniya Provincial Department of Police, cut a cake after a ceremony turning over the JSS 2 to ISF control in Diwaniya. fantry Regiment, offers the symbolic key of JSS 2 to Col. Abed al Jalil Abdul Amir, chief of staff for the Diwaniya Provincial Department of Police, during a ceremony turning over the JSS 2 to ISF control in Diwaniya.


7 by Van N. Williams, MNSCT-I PAOBAGHDAD The Iraqi Ministry of coordination with Coalition Forces are taking steps to improve conditions at the countrys detention facilities. In September 2007, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki issued international human rights standards when dealing with detainees. In response to the order, Ministry Rights, Iman Naji Taha initiated a humanitarian relief measure directed MODs 30 facilities. Coordination of began in December 2008, and we started distributing items in midFebruary 2009, Iman said. Eight of the MODs largest facilities have received assistance through the program. The much needed supplies will improve the health and living conditions for Iman added. Coordinating with the MultiNational Security Transition Command Iraq, Multi-National Forces Iraq, and the Joint Contracting Command Iraq, Iman was able to provide detainees with hygiene kits with toothbrush, toothpaste, towels and soap. The detainees also received sandals, The program will also notify the detainees family to their location and providing scheduled opportunities for visits. U.S. Army Col. David Demps, MNSTC-I, Ministry of Defense Advisor Team, noted that progress is being made. While the procedural due process aspects related to broadthese improvements combined with the humanitarian initiative has had a positive impact on the physical and psychological well being of the detainee population, Demps said. It shows an increased concern for human rights by the MOD and the Iraqi Army Commanders of the detention facilities who completed this distribution to help detainees. The support of MNSTC-I in obtaining these humanitarian supplies is greatly appreciated by the MOD. Courtesy PhotoMattresses and other humanitarian supplies are delivered to Iraqi detainees at the Harithiyah Detention Facility in Baghdad. The Humanitarian Assistance Initiative was coordinated with the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq, Multi-National Forces Iraq and the Joint Contracting Command Iraq.


8 by MNSTC-I J4 Defense Logistics Agency TAJI Iraq The Iraqi Army continues to set the conditions for increased stability throughout the country by improving its strategic logistics base in Taji, Iraq. milestone in the establishment of the Taji National Maintenance Depot when totally rebuilt rolled-out of Assembly & Disassembly facility, also known as the Wheel Depot, at Camp Taji. William Donovan, MultiNational Security Transition Command Iraqs Program Manager for the Taji National Maintenance Depot, said, nicknamed Project One was completely rebuilt by Iraqi Army mechanics in month, supervised On-theJob-Training program at the Maintenance Depot. Today, the Wheel Depot displayed its capability to rebuild, to depotlevel standards, an M1114 patrol the highways of Iraq, thus placing the country under a blanket of security. The M1114 rebuild capability has Vince Sabatino, Program AECOM, added, Project through the Wheel Depots processes from the staging yard through disassembly, reassembly, inspection, test drive, and return to the staging yard, ready to be reissued back to the Iraqi how Project One began its journey through the rebuilding process on Dec. 13, 2008 and was completed, 27, 2009. The engine was completely rebuilt with new parts and miles on the state-of-the-art electronic dynamometers in the facility. The transmission transmission. Taji National Maintenance Depot commander, spoke at the ceremony commemorating the rollout of Project One. proven that the Iraqi Army will be able to sustain its once the Depot is completed and Coalition forces depart. I am very proud of all the work that went into making Project One successful. The Taji National Maintenance Depot is scheduled to be completed and transitioned to full Iraqi control on Jan. 01, 2010. The depot development process began in June 2006 with key personnel from Red River and Anniston Army Depots collaborating at the request of MNSTC-I leadership. Army Materiel Command personnel began the process of developing an Iraqi National Maintenance Depot capability by providing survey and planning teams. The AMCled teams surveyed the depot site and prepared plans for developing the depot facility building-by-building. AMC technicians are working hand-in-hand with MNSTC-I personnel and multiple contractors during the entire development process. Project One was AECOM contractors, Army Materiel Command and MNSTC-I personnel. supporting the Iraqi Army and the Taji National Maintenance Depot represent a vital step towards ensuring Iraqs selfU.S. Army Photo by Maj. Jimmie Swims U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Jimmie SwimsIraqi Army mechanics reassemble the steering/suspension assembly on a M1114 Humvee being totally rebuilt at the 12,000 sq. ft. Main Wheel Assembly & Disassembly facility at Camp Taji, March 4. The vehicle is being rebuilt by Iraqi Army Soldiers going through the Taji National Maintenance Depots On-the-Job training program. Iraqi Army mechanic performs engine maintenance on a humvee. The soldiers are part of the Taji National Mainte nance Depots On-the-Job training program.


9 BAGHDAD Iraqi the night and rescued children from apartment 7 for their dedication and professionalism during a celebration in honor of International Civil Defense Day. We are so proud of our here to protect all the people of Iraq, said Senior Deputy Ministry Adnan Al Asadi of the Ministry of Interior. Their hard training, high skill levels and dedication make them an important part of the Interior Ministry and disorder, Al Asadi said. Rasool, commander of the Civil Defense Directorate, told the more than 400 gathered for the ceremony at the Ministry and hard work serves all the people. You are there to protect all the people who need your help. You are an important part of the Baghdad Security Plan and for your hard work you have been acclaim. noted that since 2003, Iraqi rescued 2,050 persons, and devices, savings thousands of lives. Baghdad Fire Chief Brig. past two years the Iraqi Civil Defense has improved its professionalism and capabilities tremendously with new training in Bahrain, Oman that there are now more than stations. There are more than 11,000 personnel in the entire Iraqi Civil Defense Directorate. A total of line of duty since 2003. We did our jobs even in times of war, said Abbas. We never stopped, because we need to care for all Iraqis, regardless of religion or nationality. Col. Arthur Austin, director of Support Forces for MultiNational Security Transition Command-Iraq, said the Coalition continues to support training and in gaining the Baghdad Fire Training Academy and develop a course The Iraqis are moving aggressively to further their training and equipment needs. Being involved in all this and helping the Iraqis progress is very rewarding, said Austin. outdated equipment. Now all of that has changed thanks to the Coalition and the help of other governments who have both trained and supported the Iraqi Recently, the Iraqi Civil Defense received a new multifrom the government of Japan. Since 2003, the U.S. has provided trucks and other equipment for Iraq. The U.S. Army Corps Division also built the Baghdad. The Army Corps of Engineers also purchased 20 boats for the Iraqis, patrol boats and four large who is now serving in Baghdad as Director of Public Safety for the Joint International Zone, said he was impressed with the progress made by the Iraqi Civil Defense. These guys are really During the war and during the insurgency, they continued working. They did not stop working whether they got paid or not. Theres a brotherhood I got here, it was like I had home. the National Fire Training Academy here with two training courses to continue to advance the training of the Iraqi Civil Defense Two years ago, there Army base, Camp Callahan, which the Iraqis responded to quickly to keep it from spreading. someone is being hurt, it is our job to go and put it out. Iraqi or U.S. For us, every by Ron Holbrook Ministry of Interior Training Team Photo by Dave Karwoski Ministry of Interior Training Team recognized Saturday, March 7 for their dedication and pro fessionalism during a celebration in honor of International Civil Defense Day.


10 Below, Capt. Eric Currence, commander, Civil Affairs Team 641 shakes hands with Jameel Bashar, the village sheikhs brother, after the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new water amat Village. Right, Men from around Dhi Qar province attend a workshop on the Dhi Qar, Nasiriyah, Iraq. This machine is provided by the Italian government and is capable of providing several months worth of clean drinking water to a village.Clean water for a new Iraq We want to thank Coalition forces and the Iraqi company that proKalamat Village U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Brendan Stephens Nasiriyah


11 Above, Suhayl Al Rida Hamid Bidan, Babil Provincial Council representative, cuts the ribbon on the renovation of a wa ter treatment facility as Ahmed Kadlim, Iraqi police chief of Tunis, and sheik Mugeer Nasir watch during the dedication ceremony in Tunis, Iraq. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Brian Barbour and bottling plant test for bottle-cap tightness on the production line at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, March 7. The Army saves approxi mately $900,000 a month using the six water bottling plants in theater. Photo by Jamie VernonBelow,Nadhel, an Iraqi engineer, places a tube into a water canal to bring water during a ceremony attended by local sheiks, villagers and Soldiers of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National table water to nearly 200 people in the village which is part of the Mahmudiyah Qada. It is important to help the Iraqi people have Lutifiyah Joint Base Balad Tunis


12 BESMAYA Iraq The Iraqi M1A1 Abrams tank training program recently Besmaya Combat Training Center. At 2:45 pm on March 21, 2009, Iraqi Sabot round from his tanks 120mm main hit on a moving target at 2,000 meters. the T-72 tank. This was a piece of cake and shot, Ashraf said. engagements at both stationary and moving targets on Range 2. Target engagements ranged from 1,100 meters to 2,200 meters. Under the watchful eye under both day and night conditions. students engaged simulated troop targets downrange with the 7.62mm machine gun. The 42 day course is the initial phase of a program designed to train Iraqi soldiers on the M1A1 tank. Students are from the current Iraqi Armor School and the 9th IA Division. Most of these initial 28 student-instructors will become the cadre assisting in the training of future Iraqi M1A1 tank crews. The Iraqi Army is in 2010. Student morale has been high and the such an historic event. The training program includes a comprehensive overview of the M1A1s capabilities, to include bore sighting the main gun, methods of target engagement, the students are taught maintenance procedures and conduct drivers training. There is no comparison between the T-72 and M1A1 said driver Abbas Abdulamir, when he was asked to compare the driving of the two tanks. gunnery phase of the course on Saturday, March 28 and a graduation ceremony took place on Monday, March 30, 2009. by U.S. Army Maj. Pete Berres and Maj. Adrian Henegan MNSTC-I JHAATT An American M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and a crew of Soldiers in the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st. Class Michael Colucci, MNSTC-I PAO Iraqi soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 34th Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division (Mechanized), lower into their tank to move onto the Bessimayah range, Iraq


13 U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Evan Loyd by U. S. Air Force Maj. Kim Layne, MNSTC-I PAO BAGHDAD are preparing to enter a house to serve an arrest warrant. They are armed with all the necessary equipmentweapons, body armor, helmets, radios. But what they between life and death, and Ministry of the new capability that will undoubtedly help to save lives. The senior intelligence advisor to the Iraqi Air Force Air Operations Center, Air Force Capt. Scot Washburn, briefed MoI National Command Center on Mar. 11. While the Ministry of Defense has long demonstration to the Ministry of Interior. The King Air is the newest and most sophisicated Iraqi Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance platformand This platform is coupled with ground stations to allow ground commanders a birds eye view of the The mission lengths are between four target is not lost. While there are no generates. and night. Images can be either infrared or electro-optical. This technology can be used for operations as well as training scenarios. These real-time relays can later be downloaded to DVD to ensure training situations are not lost. Minister of Interior Police Operations, senior advisor to the National Information and Investigative Agency. This technology can enhance law enforcement operations by allowing senior leaders and operational centers to communicate to respond to requirements and can immediately alter the coverage to ensure they are receiving as much information as possibleto provide direct support to police operations on the ground. are owned by the MoD, request for coverage must be made three days prior more time-critical coverage is needed, the 24 hours. By sharing this intellingence technology with MOI, support to Police Operations can be greatly improved. capabilities of the Ministry of Interior with the cooporation of the MOD, enhances the ability of Iraq to implement the Security Agreement that will allow the Iraqi Security Forces to continue to operations throughout Iraq. U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Kim Layne, MNSTC-I PAO capabilities offered by the King Air during a live demonstration at the National Command Center by U.S. Army MAJ Glenn Burks, MNSTC-I PAOTAJI, Iraq The Iraqi Army, in coordination with Coalition Forces are taking steps to improve the quality of life and conditions in the country by defeating terrorism and gaining populace support. Senior Advisor Iraqi Counter-Insurgency Academy and the Military Transition Team Chief and his team of U.S. Army advisors, teach members of the Iraqi Army the fundamentals of counter-insurgency. MiTT team members are specialists in areas that range from public administration, engineering of public infrastructure and services; Army special forces, Ranger and Intelligence professions. The team works sewer-services, water, electricity, academics, trash, medical services and security, all of which are essential in turning the tide on insurgent activities. SWEAT-MS is a non-lethal means of eradicating terrorism and insurgent activities. Christian and his team have been in advisor roles in various locations to include South and Central We bring many lessons learned from other missions around the world said Christian. The Iraqi Counter-Insurgency program Team NCOIC and Operations Sergeant where a student asked him, Why arent we constantly combating the terrorist by stamping them out wherever they hide, demonstrating the mindset of the students as they begin the training. Thurman continues to say, It takes most of our students a few weeks to fully understand that defeating the insurgency is continuous, must have lethal capabilities, but more importantly, the key elements are nonlethal such as services and security, and There is a strong correlation between the number of Iraqi Soldiers trained in civil military operations and the overall drop in violence. The drop in violence has been a key element in establishing stability in Iraq and the Security Agreement between the two governments. MiTTs role in training the Iraqi army is critical to MNSTC-Is overall training commitment between the governments of the United States and Iraq in improving the capabilities of the Iraqi Security Forces during the critical transition from Coalition to Iraqi-led operations.


14 Multi-National Division Baghdad PAO BAGHDAD Eighty-two Iraqi kids found a new reason to smile, thanks to and U.S. Paratroopers in the Rusafa district of Baghdad March 23. Dubbed Operation Enhanced Mobility, Soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division presented the new wheelchairs to disabled children northeast section of the city. The wheelchairs, donated by Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids, are adjustable and designed for growing children. person correctly, these wheelchairs will adjust with the childs growth, thus allowing the chairs to be used for several years. Brad Blauser, founder of Wheelchairs for Iraqi Kids, said individuals and donated the funding that made the delivery of pediatric wheelchairs possible. More than half of the wheelchairs donated during the day were funded by 10-year-old Ben Werdegar, of Woodside Calif. Ben heard about the program online in February 2008 and decided he wanted to help the children of Iraq. Ben decided he would play his guitar and raise money for the Iraqi children on the streets of San Francisco, said Blauser. Since that time, Ben has played most weekends for more than 52 weeks; raising over $13,000 to help the children of Iraq. for his commitment and dedication in helping disabled Iraqi kids. children dragging themselves on the ground due to birth defects such as since given away over 800 wheelchairs all over Iraq. The wheelchairs, designed by ROC for rough terrain. Each wheelchair is valued at $3,500 and funded entirely through donations. The U.S. government ships the wheelchairs to Blauser overseas for free. This population how the government of Iraq and the Iraqi Security Forces are working together to provide for the people they represent and protect, said Capt. Jesse Stewart, the commander for Troop C, 5th Blauser hopes he can start to manufacture the wheelchairs in Iraq in order to help more disabled children and help the local economy. Blauser said that making the chairs locally is important because shipping them from the United States and I can only distribute a few hundred wheelchairs per year because of limited manufacturing capacity, said the Dallas native. This is why its so important to get manufacturing going locally if Im in Iraq in helping disabled kids get the wheelchairs they need. Blauser added his goal is to produce to give to needy children in the Baghdad area. The long-term goal is to have every disabled child in Iraq provided with a free pediatric wheelchair, regardless of their ability to pay. The combined forces plan to donate additional wheelchairs to needy children in the weeks to come. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Isaac Wendt Capt. Jesse Stewart, commander of Troop C, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, carries a dis abled Iraqi girl in the Rusafa District of eastern Baghdad. The girls mother carried her daughter for two miles be fore almost collapsing near the wheel chair distribution site. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Isaac Wendt Division unload new wheelchairs so they could be donated to disabled Iraqi chil dren in the Rusafa District of eastern Baghdad.


15 U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Isaac Wendt by U.S. Army Maj. Glenn E. Burks, MNSTC-I PAO TAJI, Iraq On March 22, the Iraqi Army held the opening ceremony for the is designed to provide commanders and prospective commanders with a toolkit for success that addresses unit suspenses, and training all of which will be compulsory for newly designated Iraqi Army. deputy commanding general, MultiNational Security Transition Command Training Team addressed a group of commanders set to begin the Iraqi Armys and directing are the commanders key components in conducting full spectrum operations, Commandant of Schools, told the group of nominees, you will participate in this course of the commanders, you will maintained that it is important to grasp the materials from the course and use the skills for all areas. Sameer highlighted areas in operations, administration, logistics and training, We must update the insurgency and securing our country. The school in Taji is the primary training center for the Iraqi Army. The school trains Soldiers in the Iraqi Army in the Iraqi Counter-Insurgency Program, U.S. Air Force Photo by Capt Tommy Avilucea, MNSTC-I PAO Iraqi commanders attend the opening ceremony of the Tactical Commanders Course BAGHDAD Fourteen members of the Iraqi Army under the Ministry of Defense graduated from the Ibn Sina Trauma Training Class sponsored by the 10th March 30, 2009. in Arabic and then in English, Iraqi general of Iraq, thanked everyone for the importance of taking care of and respecting all patients regardless of ethnicity and nationality. I have told my soldiers and civilians who are practicing medicine that Arabic many ways. Americans take care of all wounded and sick soldiers who have traveled a long way from their families to protect and defend Iraq. These soldiers deserve our respect and dignity. I want Iraqi soldiers who have this new trauma training to incorporate this idea into the way they do their jobs, said Samir. The Trauma Training Program is eight weeks long and consists of didactic and rotations, according to U.S. Army Col. Rafael DeJesus, 10th Combat Support patient assessment, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, trauma management to patient recovery, he added. arises, each of these new graduates of the Trauma Training Program will apply the lessons they have learned here, said DeJesus. No greater call is there than those that take care of a fellow human being. Also speaking to the graduates We have learned a lot of things that will help us in our daily lives, we learned how to deal with serious injuries, bleeding, trauma and circulation as well as head, chest, abdomen and other injuries and how to assess the seriousness of the injury. Thank you to the trainers and fellow colleagues at the hospital. We said. This training will help to set a single personnel within the Iraqi Army. This is an important part of the Security Agreement between the United States and Iraq.U.S. Army Photo by Maj. Bob Owen, MNSTC-I PAOArmy Maj. Gen. Samir, the MoD Surgeon General of Iraq, addresses the new graduates of the Trauma Training Program spon sored by the 10th Combat Support Hospital and the Iraqi MoD Surgeon Gen hospital by U.S. Army Maj. Bob Owen, MNSTC-I PAO


16 BAGHDAD Iraqi special operations forces are entrusted with skills of graduating from the convoy security course, March 7. range graduated 37 ISOF soldiers, who are now trained to protect and defend all manner of convoys operated by the elite unit. This is the 14th group of graduates to go through the Iraqi-led convoy security course. According to a corporal with both physical and mental discipline throughout. carry out our physically demanding medic. Because most of our training is to be mindful, careful [and] precise at all times. conducted the month-long course and focused on two phases of training: convoy and personnel security. With oversight from the ISOF U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jerey Ledesmainstructors, the month of training security and reacting to wounded soldiers. The soldiers also polished their marksmanship fundamentals and a variety of shooting positions. They the knee, standing and from a moving vehicle. The soldiers training was also aimed the maintenance and handling of an assortment of weapons. themselves with the roles and responsibilities of each man in the humvee. This enables every soldier to in the vehicle whenever the situation dictates. The 20-year-old medic in the class in his ability to take on the many dangerous situations that Iraqi soldiers A group of Iraqi special operations forces soldiers celebrate after an ISOF convoy security course graduation in Baghdad, Iraq, March 7. U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jerey Ledesma An Iraqi special operations forces soldier carries his fellow soldier during a simulated down-soldier drill during an ISOF convoy security course gradu ation, March 7. During the demonstration, they displayed their expertise by on the streets of Baghdad. The pride you get from being in uniform stems from knowing you are protecting your family [and] yourself by graduate. Its a beautiful feeling. Others in the audience agreed. There is no doubt that this class mission done, said a coalition forces senior enlisted U.S. Army Spc. Jerey Ledesma


17 U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Jerey Ledesma by Noah Miller, Ministry of Defense PAOby Multi-National Division South East PAOBASRA ,Iraq The 2nd National the roads and pipelines that move Iraqs oil resources daily, and on March 11 at their Rumaylah headquarters, they skills. Their day started with running as part of their physical conditioning search of detainees and evidence collection. Searching detainees and collecting evidence at the scene can be essential for safety and for establishing culpability of those who would steal or disrupt the peace in the NPs area of responsibility. is to protect the Iraqi oil infrastructure and secure the highways in their sector, which spreads to as far north as the Euphrates river and southwest of the city of Al Zubayr. This includes protecting oil for in-country use and oil and goes on to Al Faw for international We were the Fourth Region Commandos for the Department of (Operation Charge of the Knights), said Col. Abdu Al Kareem, the commanding stopped vehicles from stealing oil from the Iraqi national oil company and are preventing oil pipeline sabotage. Kareem said that his 2nd NPs, referred to as Shurta in Arabic, also ensure to the safety of people on highways through checkpoints. Most of the 2nd NPs are from Basrah, and have a vested interested in protecting the region in which they live. They run the gambit of operations as well as performing civil military operations, said U.S. Army U.S. National Police Transition Team instructor for the detainee search class. Once they are done here they will send them out to their check points and then apply what they have learned, During training, the 2nd NPs march and sing a cadence ahl-u-ldaar, hadeed wa Naar, which means the national police are strong and able to defend their country. BAGHDAD continues to make investments in human capital in order to increase the capabilities government institutions. The Ministerial Training Development Center (MTDC) is at the forefront of the endeavor to raise and nurture a new generation of skilled administrators and leaders. Education, at the MTDC, is a force multiplier in the military personnel in Arabic. The MTDC has grown rapidly since it began operations with eight Iraqi instructors in October 2007. Since then, development and civil service reform initiatives. The MTDCs modern and innovative in Management, Program Management, International Security, Communications instructor mentoring program is a critical of Iraqi isolation from the international of the Ministry of Defense Advisory Team. The brisk training pace continues in 2009, records for number of training events held the year. According to Mr. Wael Abbas, the MTDC director, our goal is to provide professional development opportunities to 1,000 others in accordance with the Ministry of Defenses promotion policy in 2009. In addition to the Ministry of Defense (MoD), ten security-related government in 2009, with the Iraqi National Intelligence Service becoming the latest entity to send students. All types of ministries, however, To cope with the persistently high demand for professional education, the number of Iraqi instructors has increased to 20 in 2009. Although they are aided instructors have taught or co-taught 70% of in training events at the MTDC so far this year. The MTDC provides modern training that orients us towards the future Defense. The MTDC also serves as the home of international training via the MNSTC-I School of the Advisor, which has already trained 229 advisors, with the majority assigned to MNSTC-I MoD-AT, MoI-TT, This training initiative prepares incoming advisors to adjust quickly to their role as the coalitions interlocutor with high Advisor course rated all 18 course sections as either Useful or Very Useful. Sections focusing on Iraqi society and culture, language, and daily concerns as well as leadership forums continue to receive the highest marks. The International Department of Energys Cooperative Border Security Program also use the MTDC for outreach activities to the Iraqi governments security ministries. Finally, the MoD ways of conducting business. 22 Iraqi MoD MTDC.


18 BRIEFS FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, KIRKUK Iraq Once thought to be one of the most beautiful, cleanest cities in Iraq, Kirkuk is another step closer to regaining that reputation each week. Cleaning Kirkuk, one street at a time members of the Kirkuk city council participated in a new program aimed at cleaning up one street each week in downtown Kirkuk, March 8. Kirkuk once won awards for being the cleanest, most beautiful city in Iraq, Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. This program will help return the city to its former beauty and improve living The volunteers took to the streets and showed the residents of Kirkuk they were Volunteers were downtown showing in multiple ways, said 1st Sgt. Derrick 82nd FA Regt. The pickup day was important because it demonstrates they can take pride in their country and their communities. Soldiers from 3rd 82nd FA Regt., who operate in Kirkuk city, also assisted with the trash pickup. We brought trash bags, brooms, shovels and Soldiers to help them out, said Webb. Cleaner streets improve the for insurgents to operate. Trash on the street poses a health by the Ministry of the Interior, the trash pickup days will take place Thursday or Friday of each week. Cooperation between civil service personnel and Coalition forces help beautify the city as volunteers continue to try bringing their city back to its former Samarras improving electrical grid brightening livesF ORWARD OPERATING BASE BRASSFIELD-MORA, SAMARRA Iraq Iraqi Security Forces met with U.S. Army Soldiers and members of the Provincial Reconstruction Team recently to assess the current state of electric utility service throughout Samarra. members of the Salah ad-Din PRT Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, on a tour of various power substations made continual progress in upgrading Samarras power grid over the last several months. Though there have been some the overall outlook for completion of several electrical projects in Samarra is water, the people of Samarra mark access to electricity as their most important concern. contractor named Basam and key leaders of the PRT have developed a large-scale, long-term plan for providing power to estimates it would take more than 200 entire city. Current output levels reside just below half that number. An electrical project can be something as simple as installing new transformers and running new power developing entire power substations, project, he continued, every small step cable have been run to neighborhoods all around the city in recent months to improve access to electricity. work is underway to connect several of Samarras power substations to a nearly completed mega station known as the Jalasiya Power Plant. The total power output from Jalasiya, once generating at full capacity, is estimated to be 340 that power will be alloted to the city of Samarra. Testing has already begun at the power plant, and Jalasiya should be fully operational by mid-summer.Basra farmers receive tractors, generators BASRA Iraq Basra farmers associations received 40 tractors and four generators in Ad Dayr at Camp Saad during a ceremony March 7. Abu Al Khaseeb farmers associations, represents one of 10 projects funded by Commemorative Items returned to GoIBAGHDAD Members of the MultiNational Security Transition Commandinventory and returned commemorative March 27. Commemorative items have been in coalition custody since 2003 for safeguard. They were stored at the Taji National Depot and recently shipped to were inventoried, catalogued, and cleaned to make ready for the transfer. It was decided it was the right time to transfer the custody of these historical weapons to the people of Iraq. Deputy Director Material Management Division, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq said, We will and these items will be returned to them to place in museums. U.S. Army Maj. Franco Nieves, Division, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq commented, to be displayed in a special museum weapons will be displayed for all the people of Iraq, future generations and visitors from of all over the world to admire. The history of these weapons Coalition forces departs from Iraq. The items were collected during operations conducted throughout the country over the last several years. The items returned consisted of commemorative weapons, paintings, furniture, statues, and miscellaneous items held by the previous regime. Turning over these commemorative items of Iraq. Being able to display the artifacts in its own museums directly relates to the improvements the Coalition and Iraqis have made.


19 BRIEFS U.S. commanders emergency response program money for the Basra province agricultural program. The total cost for the projects is $10 million. It used to cost us 75,000 dinars per today it should only cost us for the fuel and the driver. I would like to thank (Multi-National Force) for that, said Abd Al Rahman Khalid, a Basra farmer, through an interpreter. Other agricultural projects that are part of this program reach as far south as include green houses, irrigation systems and other necessary equipment to support the agricultural redevelopment in Basra. Command of Multi-National Division Southeast all spoke at the ceremony. joint project where we work together as partners, listen to peoples needs and come together for the people of Iraq and your agricultural associations, said Salmon. Farming is a traditional industry for southern Iraq and at one time employed up to 50 percent of Basra province residents. Many of the areas farmers currently rely on hand tools due to a shortage of agricultural machinery and power. This investment in tractors and who are not presently able to compete with imported agricultural goods from neighboring countries. over the last 25 years but, in the past, Basra was a very productive farming area that produced up to 70 percent of Iraqs Alan Paton, a Civil Military Operations Division Southeast. The idea was if we can help improve tractors, irrigation systems then we productive, perhaps potentially stop the that has been in southern Iraq for many years, Paton said. General Transportation Regiment demonstrates capabilities delivering Repair Parts.TAJI, Iraq The Iraqi Army achieved a crucial milestone on their path toward missions that went to Kirkush in the Rustamiyah, Numiniyah and Talil in the South. only one of its kind in the Iraqi Army to of these companies are truck companies capable of carrying everything from has its own maintenance company to provide support and its own security company to provide gun truck escort for any mission, any time. move toward a constant, continuous average at least 35 to 40 missions per continue to grow, the need for civilian contracts to move equipment and supplies will shrink. The mission conducted in contractor fees. Umm Qasr security improves through trainingUMM QSAR Iraq The international became a safer place with the graduation of thirty three members of its security force from a building security course March 5. We are working to make our security team as good as any other security team in ports of entry throughout the world, traveler hall through an interpreter. The training focused on developing baggage searching techniques with the travel halls security guards, who are the The training was requested by Jameel, improvement. The techniques taught in the course were chosen to meet the training needs of the travel hall personnel and are a product of trial and error by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The course was led by Christopher McBride, a Supervisory Customs and of Jacksonville, Florida, who instructed the participants through the techniques that have served him through his career. The class teaches them to look for any kind of contraband with the goal of that occurred a few days prior when the travel hall security force prevented into Iraq. the importance of knowing human behavior in their jobs, so that they conduct a full search of before entering the traveler hall. It is encouraging to be back in this years and to see the advancement, the back home, its encouraging to see that Iraqis are taking charge of their future democratic ally in this region. U.S. Army Maj. Timothy Sean Tyson, Commander of the port of entre transition team, who are augmented a contract instructor and retired U.S. phase for the joint travel hall security plan with Jameel. The second phase is for training implementation at each of the entre points to the travel hall. This will include diligent follow through with the training techniques provided during the building security course. The end state will be a combination of using contemporary security technology with additional training added to professional travel hall security team.


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