The Advisr July 2009 Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq
2 Commanding GeneralSergeant MajorPublic Affairs OfficerDeputy Public Affairs OfficerDoIA Public Affairs Officer ITAM Media Relations Officer Public Affairs NCOICEditorGraphic DesignPhotojournalistPublic Affairs Operations NCO>> ON THE COVERThe Advisor Contents of this paper are not necessarily The Advisr Features5 14 6 12 13 Iraq Ministry of Defense Chief of Staff, General Babakir Bader Khan Zibari (cen ter) talks with Iraqi sailors who completed naval training in Italy. The training encompassed all aspects of shipboard operations to ensure the crew would be ready to sail the ship from Italy to Umm Qasr, Iraq. Story on page 8. Warrior Training Sharp ens Iraqi Army Combat Skills Building the Iraqi Air Force: Learning from Tragedy Iraqi Ministry of Interior Human Resource Generals see American Baghdad Police Col lege Holds International Media Day NATO Training Mission-Iraq Builds Future Iraq Army Leaders
3 June 30 and the Next Chapter of the Iraq-American FriendshipBrave members of the Iraqi Security Forces have been working in partnership with Coalition Forces for the last many years. We have struggled together to build a new Iraq. It has been our honor to work together to build the capacity of Iraqs Army and Police to defend the great and historic country of Iraq and its wonderful people. Now, according to the terms of the Security Agreement signed between Iraq and the United States, we enter a new phase of cooperation. U.S. combat troops were out of Iraqs cities by June 30, and there are more requirements of the Security Agreement ahead. As we continue to comply with the agreement, the number of U.S. forces in Iraq will shrink from approximately 132,000 now to no more than 50,000 by August 2010. During this drawdown, the primary role of U.S. forces will transition from to advising Iraqi forces to security instead. From 2003 through 2008, the presence of U.S. forces in Iraq was authorized by the United Nations. Since then, U.S. forces have remained at the invitation of the Iraqi government under the terms of a Security Agreement negotiated between our two countries. Among the provisions of this agreement was the requirement for U.S. combat forces to be out of Iraqs cities by June 30. Also in the agreement is a request by the government of Iraq for the continued presence of non-combat U.S. forces to advise and assist Iraqs still developing security forces. The term combat forces in the security agreement is important. According to the request of the Iraqi government, the requirement for combat forces to be out of Iraqs cities by June 30 does not apply to those U.S. forces serving as advisors. There will still be some U.S. forces located in Iraqs cities who are serving in an advisory or liaison capacity. As in the past, most of these advisors will be from Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq. In addition to MNSTC-I, a key part of the continued development of Iraqs security forces includes a range of professional development activities conducted by the NATO Training Mission Iraq. Thirteen NATO countries are presently helping Iraq to set up and further improve the training and operations center capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces. MNSTC-I and NATO are helping the Iraqi people and the Iraqi government toward a free and prosperous future. The personnel of MNSTC-I are honored to have worked with the Iraqi Security Forces these last several years. We look forward to continuing to work with the good and brave people of Iraq as together we implement the terms of the Security Agreement and work to further improve the capabilities of Iraqi Security Forces. There will still be some U.S. forces located in Iraqs cities who are serving in an advisory or liaison capacity. As in the past, most of these advisors will be from Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq. Also in the agreement is a request by the government of Iraq for the continued presence of non-combat U.S. forces to advise and assist Iraqs still developing security forces. SECURITY AGREEMENT
4 Security Transition Command Makes Progress in Iraq BAGHDAD Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq is working toward its mission to assist the Iraqi Interior Ministry in generating a professional and credible police force, one of the commands deputy commanders said. The command also is helping the ministry develop institutional capacity to acquire, train, develop, manage, sustain and resource those forces, said Army Maj. Gen. James Milano, deputy commander of the MNSTC-Is Pentagon news conference via satellite from the International Zone here. What we and the Iraqis are striving for is a condition known as police primacy, he said. Under police primacy, the Iraqi police forces will have primary responsibility for internal security, under civilian control, in accordance with the constitution and consistent with the rule of law. Milano said he has seen Iraqis have made toward their goals, from the highest leadership levels at the beat at more than 1,200 local police stations across Iraq. Adding to their capabilities are a host of specialized forces, such as national police, border enforcement, oil police, the Coastal Border Guard and the Facility Protection Service, as well as important institutional bodies such as the Criminal Investigations Directorate, general and professional training academies, he added. All are seeing continued improvement and development, Milano said. As a consequence, public trust and support for the police are growing. He cited an ABC/BBC poll in which 74 percent of Iraqis said they have from 64 percent in 2007 and percent now view their local security situation as good or very good -nearly double the rate from two years ago. But, Milano said, much remains to do. While the ministry has made has implemented several auditing personnel through background checks on security clearances and increasing the number of inspectors general with advanced training. Milan also remarked on the increased throughput in the Interior Ministrys court system. Weve seen almost 3,000 cases reviewed since the court system began reviewing cases last August, he said. So Im progress in addressing the corruption issue. Milano underscored his commands commitment to building on that progress. You can see theres a lot of said. My advisors and I are to build police capacity and a capable Ministry of Interior. Candidly, he noted, the low-hanging fruits been picked, and were now reaching for the shiny apples near the top of the tree. Producing a policeman or woman is easy when you compare that to the more example, of developing an evidentiary based criminaljustice system, of helping the ministry develop meritbased promotion systems and professional development programs and of developing an of a preventive maintenance program, he said. The U.S. and Iraqi governments have advanced to a new stage of enduring cooperation and partnership, and the United States remains continued support, Milano said. The security agreement and the strategic framework agreement are the centerpieces of our enduring partnership. SECURITY AGREEMENTUS and Iraqi Partnership in Training Strengthens Shift to Police PrimacyBAGHDAD The Baghdad Police College showcased its training and commitment to the professionalization of the Iraqi Police Forces. Iraqi demonstrated the specialized training already mastered with the military working dogs, individual combative skills, and crime scene investigations. The college teaches recruits the elements in law enforcement, police standards, ethics and leadership. The intent is to lay the foundation for the way ahead in a delicate democracy in the midst of transforming its internal security to the police and whose base tenet is the rule of law. Trainees in the course realize that they are the future of security in Iraq, as U.S. forces will vacate the cities throughout the country by June 30. Police recruits train with a renewed sense of urgency and excitement for the future of Iraq and their roles in maintaining internal security, especially in the cities. We have several dogs here that are capable of detecting explosive materials; this gives the police an edge in protecting the people of Iraq said a police trainer at the school who spoke through an interpreter Many of Police recruits demonstrate their mastery of drill techniques.the recruits undertake this specialized training at the completion of their basic recruit training into the police. Training and equipping the Iraqi Police Forces is essential for internal security as the US Combat Forces were out of all cities, villages, and towns on June 30.
5 library system at the Iraqi Defence Studies Strategic Institute. The new system will allow National Defence to information. The new library was initiated with donations from the Danish contingent with the NATO Training Mission Iraq.Iraqi National Defence University gets Electronic LibraryBAGHDAD The Iraqi Defence Studies Strategic Institute has a new electronic library that will allow Iraqi and students quick access to information. The library was initiated with donations from the Danish contingent at the NATO Training Mission Iraq and its implementation was assisted by the NATO NDU advisory team. Gen. Pasquale Martinello, commander, NTM-I Training, Education and Doctrine Advisory Division. Martinello said that he was pleased with the new library. This library gives us access to knowledge and with this electronic version that knowledge will be proud that members of our NTM-I team were able to facilitate this for the Iraqi military. NTM-I mentors and supports the INDU, INDC and the Defence Strategic Studies Institute. Other cooperation projects for NATO in Iraq are out of country training courses for Iraqi nationals at NATO schools as well as National Police training led by Italian Carabinieri and at Ar Rustamiyah the Iraqi Military Academy College and Command College. provide mentoring and advice to the Prime Ministers National Operations Centre, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior Command Centre and the Iraqi Ministry of Defence Joint Operations Centre. FOB RUSTIMIYAH Iraq The campus of the Iraq Military Academy at Rustimiyah is not unlike many other military academies found around the world. Young cadets march proudly down the dusty roads as marching music can be heard in the distance. It is here that NATO Training MissionIraq administers one of its most important missions in Iraq training the future leaders of Iraqs army. NATO has been in Iraq since 2004 at the request of the Government of Iraq. NTM-I is the unique and separate command from the Coalition Forces that is responsible for executing NATOs mission in Iraq. NTM-I is comprised of 13 nations that advise and assist in the training and professionalization of the Iraq Security Forces. NTM-Is presence at Rustimiyah is just one of several key organizations that they assist in partnering with their Iraqi counterparts. In addition to IMAR, NTM-I also has a key advisory role at the National Operations Center, National Police Training at Camp Dublin and instituted courses for senior commissioned and nonDefense University and SergeantMajors Academy. Deputy Commanding General, had the opportunity to show a group of reporters the facilities at Rustimiyah and said, It is important to show how NATO is working side by side with our Iraqi partners and how we are working to reach a common objective. Rustimiyah houses not only the almost entirely by other senior Iraqi Commander, said, NATOs role in the outcome is an Iraqi way of doing what is best. The open house at the IMAR provided an opportunity for reporters had on the training of Iraqs future IMAR Commander, commented that, the curriculum for the cadets prepares them for a high level of capability, both also made a point to thank all NATO members for the experience they bring to the academy.NATO Training Mission-Iraq Builds Future Iraqi Army Leaders NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I)
6 Building the Iraqi Air Force: Learning from Tragedy BAGHDAD Five years ago, the The process of growing an Air Force and setbacks. One setback occurred on May 30, 2005, when an Iraqi Air Force Comp Air province during an operational mission, and one Iraqi Air Force) onboard. This tragedy served as a catalyst for the Coalition and U.S. Air Force to commit its full resources to the MultiNational Security Transition Command Iraq ITAM-Air Force mission. It was the beginning of the serious rebuilding of the Iraqi Air Force. Members of the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission Air Force, gathered for a remembrance ceremony on forward operating base Phoenix May 30. U.S. Air Force Maj. William Brian Downs, 40, of Winchester, Va., assigned to the 6th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. Iraqi Air Force Capt. Pilot Ali Hussam Ali Abbas Rubaie, assigned to Squadron 3, Kirkuk Air Base. U.S. Air Force Capt. Derek Argel, 28, of Lompoc, Calif., assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. U.S. Air Force Capt. Jeremy Fresques, 26, of Clarkdale, Ariz., assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. 26, of Spanaway, Wash., assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Kane, commander, ITAM-Air Force reminded those gathered, We can take some comfort in the fact that good things strengthened our commitment to the mission of rebuilding the Iraqi Air Force and to ensure that we do this as safely as possible. Kane also reminded the group that, With a renewed focus on rebuilding of the Iraqi Air Force, our service chief improving how this important mission would be done, Kane said. And, although this is a somber moment, we need to celebrate the building legacy of how far ITAM-Air Force and the Iraqi Air Force have come since this accident. In part, based on their commitment and is on a path to once again provide air sovereignty for the people of Iraq. U.S. Air Force Maj. Tim Childress, chief of strategy, ITAM-Air Force was a friend of Major Downs and told the group of the special honor the fallen airmen received. While each airman had an individual funeral ceremony, also buried together with full military honors, including the presentation of by Iraqi Air Force Commander Maj. Childress said. It is thought that Abass buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The crew received another honor at FOB Phoenix with a memorial wall near It is in honor of these brave men that we gather here today, to celebrate their lives, remember their accomplishments and continue their legacy, Childress said. U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert Kane, deputy commanding general, ITAM-Air Force, addresses a group of airmen during a remembrance ceremony in honor of
7 MNSTC-I Holds Ceremony for Australian End of Mission BAGHDAD Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, MNSTC-I, held a ceremony commemorating the end of Australian military participation as it pertains to MNSTC-I. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq presented Australian Brig. David McGahey, commanding general, Task Force Iraqi Security ForcesLogistics with the the MNSTC-I headquarters on May 9. Adrian Morrisson, Australian deputy head of mission, spoke to the nearly 150 guests. Awards were presented to individuals of the Australian contingent for service with MNSTC-I and presented by Helmick. Awards included the Legion of Merit for Brig. McGahey, Bronze Star for Maj. John Snell, Meritorious Service Medal for Maj. Richard Baxter and the Outstanding Civilian Service Award for Michele Pitman. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, commander of Multi-National Security Transition CommandIraq presents Australian Brig. David McGahey with the Australian Australian troops have provided important support to security and stabilization operations, and have been responsible for the training of approximately 33,000 Iraqi Army soldiers, including specialist training in logistics support and counterinsurgency operations, Australian Air Chief Marshal Houston said.Iraq School of the Advisor Reception, Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq School of the Advisor 3 June 2009 at Blackhawk Conference Center. Recent graduates and presenters from the School of the Advisor and Partnership School were the honored guests. The Alumni Reception was a forum set to energize networking, share best practices and lessons learned among both groups. With the infusion of School of the Advisor and Partnership School Alumni, the evenings agenda included food, fellowship and door prize fun. In addition, inspirational remarks by LTG Frank G. Helmick, MNSTC-I, Commanding General and SMG Jasim Salim Hussain Ali, Director, Military Training Directorate captivated the audience. Each shared their insight and perspectives on the mission and success of each school. The Advisor School was established to provide a unique training opportunity for newly-arrived and existing MNSTC-I their knowledge about Iraqs customs, culture, history, and language prior to beginning the advisory mission with their counter-parts from the government of Iraq. The Partnership School mirrors this philosophy aiming to encourage long-lasting relationships with western counterparts. The Partnership School resulted in an initiative established to assist senior of Defense. The Partnership School is designed to assist in the development of their understanding of how the coalition cultivates its values and culture. Future courses will be expanded to include Chronological survey results from each school since launching this collaborative represents the endless possibilities of progress and stability in Baghdad, Iraq. The event was the ceremonial end to the great service that the Australians have given to MNSTC-I.
8 International collaboration leads to increase LA SPEZIA Italy The Iraqi Navy now has an increased ability to ensure freedom of the seas upon four Italian patrol ships at a Spezia, Italy, May 15. Forces, Gen. Babakir Badir Khan Zibari said that he considered it a great success and achievement for the Iraqi FATAH. We have had great coordination with the United States and United Kingdom in protecting our ports and oil rigs, said Zibari. The Italian Navy has provided excellent training on this vessel which can help us be independent and modernize our naval security. Italian Director General of Naval Armament Construction, Admiral Dino were designed to help ensure the Iraqi navy can succeed in improving maritime security. This is a piece of Iraqi land moving at sea protecting their land and democracy, of Iraqis economy passes terminals and I think in a very few months these ships will be able to do their job of protecting Iraq. The chief of the Iraqi inspection team, Commodore Milik Kadhim said this class of ships main job will be search and rescue, patrolling around the oil platforms and platform. The Italian Navy has provided an escort ship to continue training opportunities and coordinate interactions with coalition warships with the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S Naval Forces Central Command, according to Multi-National Security Transition Command Van Williams. The Iraqi Ministry of Defense purchased the by utilizing the Foreign Military Sales program, which is run by the MNSTC-I is part of the continuous rebuilding of the Iraqi Navy and is a vital step towards during the critical transition from Coalition to Iraqi-led operations in support of the Security Agreement between Iraq and the United States. Italian shipbuilding group Fincantieri will deliver the to the Iraqi Navy as they are completed later this summer. Iraqi Minister of Defense Chief of Staff General Babakir Bader Khan Al Zibari poses with the FATAH crew. It is the shipbuilder Fincantieri. An Iraqi sailor prepares for patrol ship to the Iraqi Navy during a hand over cer emony May 15 in La Spezia, Italy. Right, Italian Director General of Naval Armament Construc tion, Admiral Dino Nascetti and Iraq Ministry of Defense Chief of Staff, General Babaker Baderkhan Al Zibari board the FATAH.
9 Logistics Operations Center Runs Practice ExerciseBAGHDAD The new Iraqi Logistics Operations exercise, Morning Torch 2009. One of the primary goals of the program was to improve the ILOC standard operating procedures, with an emphasis on logistical reporting processes. We are training for the Brig. Gen. Nabeel said. This facility is a great improvement over the way that we used to operate, Nabeel added. The ILOC facility will provide the Iraqi military with a new level of sophistication in planning and tracking logistical support functions. Everyone will be on the same page, said Nabeel. From the chief ground, we will be able to The ILOC is more than 500 square meters in size and has the latest computer technology with multiple individual users connecting to an adjoining data center. Coalition personnel, of the Multi-National Security Transition Command Joint Headquarters Army Advisory Training Team, are responsible for training and equipping the Iraqi Security Forces. Torch 2009, at the Iraqi Logistics Operation Center. Superintendant showcases progress of Iraqi policeBAGHDAD -The president and superintendent of the Baghdad Police College described the training of Iraqi Police Forces is an integral facet within the U.S. and Iraqi Security Agreement, during International Media Day. With U.S. combat forces on track to move out of cities, villages and locales by June 30, as called for in the agreement, Dr. praised the progress and professionalism of Iraqs police, which are assuming security duties for the nation. To date more than 400,000 Iraqi Police have been trained throughout the country, said Jassim. The college will send 4,000 to train in Europe and establish close ties with NATO TM, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Training Mission, for other training. The Ministry of Interior and the government are training, he continued. Commissions have been set up to develop a new curriculum for the college of police, and some of the training is in English. Hassan and his Dr. Jassim Hassan Attiya, president of Baghdad Police Col lege, addresses news reporters. faculty highlighted the technological advancements within the Iraqi Police Force in its pioneering course. The college boasts a new unit for crime scene investigations; a stateof-the-art forensics lab, complete with DNA testing, ballistics and explosive analysis; and a language center. He advised reporters that they would see with their own eyes the great development and progress made, before inviting them to tour the campus.
10 Iraqi Army Maj. Gen Fadhil, senior Iraqi commander of the ISOF Iraqi Special Operations Forces
12 BAGHDAD Two of the Ministry of Interiors top level Human Resources leaders visited the United States and returned to Iraq with more tools and ideas to improve practices and streamline processes. Maj. Gen. Fadhil Hayder Hadi, the MoI Human Resources director, and MoI Enlisted Hires, had the opportunity to see American human resource business Human Resources Command in Alexandria, Virginia and interacted with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Human Resource management. They concentrated on promotions, records and archive management, retirements, and personnel management at Human Resources Command, and they learned about the police departments tactics to professionalize the force. Lt. Col. Maggie Dunn, Human Resource Director for ITAM-MoI, and Jerry Walker, Senior HR advisor for ITAM-MoI, escorted the generals on their trip. Dunn commented that the MoI evaluation system has been in existence for some time, and the ministry is working to make the system even more in the promotion system. Fadhil had wanted to visit America for a long time; it was a dream of his. Americans worked and wanted to learn more about their culture. He had the opportunity to go to Mosul with the American forces and was very impressed the trip. He wanted to know more about what he saw. Once he became the general manager of Human Resources, which he calls the heart of the whole body, he made trips to France and England. But he was excited to see the way Americans work closely together. He noted their sense of humor, and he thought the Americans he met were friendly and humble very much like his own people. The American military made quite an impression on him, but once he got to America he was amazed at the kindness and high ethics of Americans, and the respect they had for other people. He was also impressed by how organized management processes were. Dunn observed that the generals were surprised that the American military education system goes all the way to the professional military education for Dunn hopes her Iraqi colleagues will not just stop the education at the middle level, but take the system all the way to the top. of human resource leadership applied to Iraq. He would like to see schools for management. He wants to educate all HR personnel about his trip to the United States and pass on what he learned. Both generals see the need to improve technology for classroom instruction as well as for working day to day. Maj. Gen. Fadhil says there is a gap between people and technology in MoI. He would like to bring an e-ministry system on line and reduce manpower through technology. Both generals were impressed with the Washington Metro Police automated data base management system. Fadhil dreams that all Iraqis can go to other countries and learn from them, problems everything from agriculture opportunities for foreign education exchange are lost daily. Dunn says the visa process is complex and takes if more people want to go to the United States for educational opportunities; their sponsors will need to become more acquainted with exactly what it takes to get through the visa process. That will their leadership. As Senior HR Advisor Jerry Walker noted, Its all about planting the seeds. For MoI human resources, the seeds will continue to be planted. Another trip is planned in the fall, and this time those who are charged with implementing the new programs will go. The generals were impressed with the on his heart and said, The team will always be in my heart.Iraqi Ministry of Interior Human Resource Maj. Gen. Sean J. Byrne meets with Maj. Gen. Fadhil and Maj. Gen. Sattar at the Army Human Resources Command in Washington D.C.
13 Baghdad Police College Holds International Media DayBAGHDAD Iraqi Maj. Gen. Dr. minister for training, Ministry of Interior, hosted an international media day at the Baghdad Police College to highlight the progress facilities and curriculum to a host of news organizations on June 2. Welcoming the medias arrival, was the MoI band, dressed in through the hot Baghdad air, prepared for the days events with anticipation. This was an how the Baghdad Police College succeeds in professionalizing the Iraqi police forces. The event started with Dr. Jassim press conference. He talked about the progress that the Baghdad Police College has made and the importance of the institution in recruits that will be responsible for providing security to Iraq and to the Iraqi people. Police primacy begins at the Baghdad Police College where we are training the future leaders of the Iraqi Police Service, said U.S. Army Col. Larry Saunders, senior advisor to the Vice Deputy Minister for Training, Ministry of Interior and director, Baghdad Police College Training Team. In the last year we have had a break through with institutional training. Today, BPC is producing police training at internationally acceptable standards. It is Iraqi developed, delivered by Iraqis who deployment programs. And tomorrow BPC has all the potential to emerge as the most advanced criminal justice training center in the Middle East. to a personal tour of the BPC campus and facilities. Many instructors and trainers at the Baghdad Police College were available for interviews departments and what it is that they The demonstrations and exhibitions included a tour of the DNA analysis lab, which is vital in training Iraqi forensic scientists in the collection, processing and handling of DNA evidence. This is very important in the development of a judicial system that is based on rule of law. The K9 training center was a part of the tour that garnered much interest. A demonstration on how these dogs work with their handlers large crowd gathered and watched as trainers lined up while the dogs time, without fail, the dog would identify the individual that carried the bomb making material and make the designated signal to his handler. This drew much applause from those observing the demonstration. Another focus of the day was highlighting the Fire Arms Training System or FATS. While the media gathered in the small, darkened room, the image of a small town was projected onto the wall at the front of the room. With lights out, the police demonstrated shooting techniques as targets appeared in the windows of the buildings. The shooting display was impressive as each target was meticulously engaged throughout the scenario. This training is important to to engage the right targets and to minimize risk to innocent civilians situation. Another part of the tour took everyone through the computer classroom where female Iraqi policewomen were undergoing computer training. destination to showcase the training that is being conducted daily at the BPC. Weapons assembly and techniques, combatives, drill and ceremony and vehicle and personnel search procedures were all showcased. present, many interviews were conducted and much information about what the Baghdad Police College does and how it helps to develop the Iraqi police men and women were presented. The U.S. works closely with the Iraqi Ministry of Interior to professionalize man, train and equip the Iraqi police. The Security Agreement that was signed between the U.S. and Iraq and went into out this relationship and every day at the Baghdad Police College, this relationship grows stronger. Iraq can be proud of the police forces who train here and also of all the trainers, it all possible.
14 Warrior Training Sharpens Iraqi Army Combat Skills BESMIYAH increase demonstrates a dedication to and cadre to assist. Above, Iraqi soldiers participate in Warrior Training Exercises. The program is held at several facilities throughout Iraq, including Besmiyah. Left, Iraqi tanks participate in Warrior Training Exercises. The goal of the program is to improve war the Iraqi Army.
15 Iraqi Soldiers Practice Field Medical Skills at KirkukKIRKUK Iraq Eleven Iraqi Army soldiers earned the coveted Iraqi Army Expert Field Medical Badge at the Kirkuk K-1 military base on May 25. The completion of this US-Iraq Security Agreement that calls for cooperative training to advance professionalism and skills of the Iraqi army. The specialized training is designed to give soldiers additional hands-on and classroom training on injuries and medical situations they may The training was provided through a partnership with the K-1 Locations Command Clinic, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq ITAM-Army Logistics Military Advisory Team and visiting medics from forward operating base Warriors Brigade Combat Team 1st Cavalry Division. Students were drawn from units in the Kirkuk area, with representatives from K-1s Locations Command Clinic, the Kirkuk Regional Training Center and the Iraqi Army 12th Division and 12th Motor Transport Regiment taking part. The Iraqi soldiers were challenged both physically and mentally during the training, which covered a broad range of subjects including traditional and two-man patient carries, medical evacuation, splinting fractures and EFMB lead instructor, explained that by training the students to handle a wider variety of illnesses to treat patients in remote areas, where reaching a clinic or hospital is students skill and newfound knowledge were tested. They were exercises at the Trauma Lane and The practical exercise included the students moving under simulated casualties, carry them to cover, treat injuries and bandage wounds before navigating the obstacle course. The students maneuvered through tight corridors, under concertina wire, over an eight-foot wall, up a steep grade and down the other side to a waiting evacuation vehicle. They were graded individually and as teams on their treatment and movement skills. Graduation morning, a 10-kilometer standing between the students and the prestigious badge. Later, Iraqi Army Brig. Gen Younis, commander of K-1 Locations Command, presented the badges, accompanied by LMAT senior advisor, U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jorge Villarreal and 15th BSB commander ,U.S. Army The graduates will return to their home units and apply the techniques and skills to improve their units. The training is an example of the Coalition and Iraqis building lasting capabilities for the Iraqi army. Eleven Iraqi Army soldiers participated in the Iraqi Army Expert Field Medical Badge training at Kirkuk K-1 military base May 25. Students learned one-man ing the 21-day course.
16 Iraqi Army Commander Receives Coveted AwardBESMIYAH Iraq Iraqi Army Col. Abbas Fadhil Abdul Sahib, commander, Besmiyah Combat Training Center, was inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice. The Order of St. Maurice is awarded by the National Infantry Association and the Chief of Infantry of the United Saint Maurice, the leader of the Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd Century. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar, former commanding general, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq Joint Headquarters Army Advisory Training Team, presented Abbas with the Peregrinus level award. Peregrinus is for foreign military personnel who have served in or supported the U.S. Army Infantry. This is for all of the people and those who have helped, Abbas said as he accepted the medal and plaque. He receive this honor. Someday, you will see us in our dress uniform with the Order of Saint Maurice medal, Salazar told the assembled group. Abbas joined the Iraqi Army on 21 July 2003, and has served as commander of the training center since 2005. During his command, Abbas has been instrumental in training hundreds most notably M1A1 Abrams Tank and 60mm, 81mm and 120mm mortars training. Currently, Abbas is providing direct support and development of Kirkush. Notable members of the order include former general and Secretary of State Colin Powell, John Abizaid, U.S. Central Command commander, and H. Ross Perot. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Steven L. Salazar, former commanding general, MNSTC-I Joint Headquarters Army Advisory Training Team inducts Iraqi Army Col. Abbas Multi-National Security Tran siton Command celebrates its Fifth Anniversary and 234th Army Birthday PHOENIX BASE, BAGHDAD Coalition forces and NATO training mission military personnel gathered to celebrate the 234th birthday of the U. S. Army, established in June 1775; and Security Transition Command-Iraq, established this month in 2004. The Command also pinned a award by the Chairman of the Joint of the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. The JMU was presented to MNSTC-I for exceptionally meritorious achievement from May 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008. MNSTC-I is the direct outgrowth of the need to create a new Iraqi army. Subordinate to Multi-National Force Iraq, the Command is responsible for assisting the Government of Iraq in providing for Iraqs internal security and external defense through the development of competent security ministries and forces that adhere to the rule of law. Earlier this month, MNSTC-I declared initial operational capability of its current subordinate organizations: Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission, or ITAM, and Iraqi Security Assistance Mission, or ISAM, US-Iraq Security Agreement that went Maj. Gen. Michael Milano, represented the command for the combined celebraton. Nothing illustrates Americas boots on the ground where they are needed, Milano said. And there is no force on earth that compares to the U.S. Army. It has the best trained personnel, the best equipment and it has the best leaders, noncommissioned
17 521ST Air Expeditionary Squadron Part of New Iraqi Air Force KIRKUK and maintenance advisors that work ers. Larose said. Iraqi weapons load crew inspect Hell Caravan An Iraqi Air Force C-208 Caravan displayed during a graduation in Kirkuk.
18 BRIEFS Ministry of Interior Inspector General calls for a Combined Government Effort to Fight Corruption and Terrorism BAGHDAD terrorism. Iraqi Army works to keep waterways clear SHATT AL ARAB Students Graduate from First Project Management Course BAGHDAD tation. Airmen Dedicate 3 New Buildings to Iraqi Air Force TAJI ceremonies. said.
19 BRIEFS mission. the technicians. Iraqi, Coalition Leaders Meet to Discuss Anti-Corruption StrategiesBAGHDAD Iraqi Police graduate more than 11,000 policemen in MayBAGHDAD
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