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2 Commanding General Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Staff Translator Advisor Editor SEPTEMBER COVERThe Advisor Contents of this paper are not necessarily the The Advisr In this Issue4 19 6 10 13 all Rrepresentatives from the Iraqi Navy met with U.S. military personnel in Bagh dad July 12-14 for discussions on building 35-meter coastal patrol boats.The end of 2010, and will protect Iraqs vital offshore oil platforms. The 35-meter patrol boat contract is just one part of a larger total program, which also deliv ers spare parts, guns, ammunition, training, naval simulators and infrastruc ture within Umm Qasr Naval Base, Iraq. The total program for the Iraqi Navy is the third largest case of foreign military sales, or FMS, to Iraq. (courtesy photo)NATO Training MIssionIraqs Memorabale Month Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq The AdvisrSeptember 2009 Page 10Iraqis Protecting Iraqis Alternative Energy Solutions Help Iraq to Power Border Posts Cover Story: Iraqis Protecting Iraqis all Iraqi Air Force Pilot, Trainer Earns Silver Wings in U.S.Three years ago a young soon-to-be pilot began his journey to earning his Silver Wings. Last month, Iraqi 2nd Lt. Omar AlNuaimi graduated, blazing a trail for future pilots in the Iraq air force. Afghanistan-based Security Transition Command Seeks MNSTC-I Best PracticesA sister unit to MNSTC-I sends a team to Baghdad to bring back concepts that work toward the rebuilding of Afghanistans security forces.
3 have, Helmick said. We use our POLAD to enhance and solidify our relationship with the US Embassy. That takes individual roles and responsibilities. the State Department are not always of the same bureaucratic and hopefully they also share some of the outlook that we and for our political advisors as career professionals. coordination with the U.S. Embassy will be critical. The political advisors to the various U.S. military advisors are one of the vital links that keep our broad civilian The political advisors are all State Department diplomats of is international politics and policy, not partisan politics. Our history stretches back to World War II. military cooperation. Roundtable Disussions Sync Civil-Military PolicyLt. Gen. Frank Helmick chats with POLAD attendees. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Clayton Murray) U.S. political advisors assemble at the start of their two-day roundtable discussions. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Clayton Murray)
4 anniversary, declared an operations center fully operationally capable, and welcomed a new deputy commander and on with our mission. We will continue on this successful path, Spinelli continued. I am conscious succeed. Earlier in the month, Helmick, declared Helmicks recently arrived deputy, NATO Training Mission-Iraq Celebrates 5 yearsNTM-I CG, Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick receives honours from the command sergeant major. With him is the NTM-I Deputy Com manding General, Maj. Gen. Giuseppe Spinelli (Photo by WO Giuseppe DI Blasi NTM-I.)
5 By Lt. Gen. Frank G. Helmick and Italian Maj. Gen. Giuseppe SpinelliThe recently signed Long Term Agreement (LTA) between the Government of Iraq and NATO sends a positive signal to the international community that Iraq can have a relationship with the most respected, political/ military organization in the world NATO. Iraq is different today; it is sovereign and becoming a more stable and secure country. NATO recognizes that and so should the international community. This historic event is another indication that stability and security for Iraq is not a dream, but a reality. Though Iraqs military and police forces are performing increasingly well, it can be seen from history and recent experience in places like the Balkans that the development of fully professional security institutions takes time. The Government of Iraq has recognized this fact and has therefore asked that NATO continue its mission with the Iraqi security institutions. NATO has been in Iraq since 2004, developing Iraqi security forces that are professional, operate in accordance with international standards and the rule of law, and respect human rights. The NATO Training Mission-Iraq (NTM-I) is a small organization, but NTM-I consists of less than 300 personnel from 13 NATO and Partnership for Peace countries whose sole purpose is to help equip, train, professionalize and mentor Iraqs military and police forces, and develop capacity within the security and education systems. With the on-going drawdown of U.S. and Coalition forces in Iraq, NATOs efforts take on even greater are already responsible for security in Iraqs cities, a target for which we are on pace to accomplish. As agreed to by Iraq and the United States, all U.S. forces will depart Iraq by December 2011. At this point, Iraqs security forces will be solely responsible for the safety and security of the nation and all of Iraqs citizens. The Government of Iraq understands that NATO will continue to be a value-added partner as Iraq enters into a new phase of its freedom. The NATO agreement will provide a needed accelerant for a professional Army and Police force who will enhance the security for the citizens of Iraq. It is important to clarify that the LTA is not a precursor to NATO membership nor does it commit NATO to any future security responsibilities in Iraq. The LTA merely provides for continued NATO assistance beyond in the training, development, and professionalization of Iraqs security forces. This recent bold and courageous decision made by the Government of Iraq to forge a long-term relationship with NATO will allow seeds to be planted for sustainable security in a country that is committed to stability and peace in the Gulf region. NATO, just as it has done in countries around the world for 60 years, will make a difference for Iraq that will be long lasting. U.S. Lieutenant General Frank G. Helmick and Italian Major General Giuseppe Spinelli are the Commander and Deputy Commander, respectively, of NATO Training MissionIraq. capability that supports the national security infrastructure and supports the The evaluation process measures operational capability for the operation center. It combines personal observation, and situational awareness. which have now full operational capability. development, consolidation and smaller, more focused teams in each of the operations centers to identify and develop predecessor in that position, Italian Maj. Platoon from the 3rd Academy. here, Spinelli continued. Your overall commander, said his troops were sad
6 By U.S. Army Capt. Robert Moore will run the systems. The coalition on how to both operate and maintain needed to power the facility and if we use solar panels, wind turbines, or a combination of both. Much of the warranties, so the material is very properly maintained. In addition, the every week. Iraq Innovates Solar, Wind Energy Solution to Power Border Posts Helmick said. Presently, there are two sites close well pump. The second site is a more array of solar panels is employed, plus solar panels at both locations and one Badrah is actually a test case that will be wind and solar data and determine the enforcement personnel are in desperate solar panels power a pump that forces water from a local well into an elevated the elevated tank delivers a continuous could not perform their critical missions. Wind Power is one source of power for use at the border post. (Courtesy photo) Solar arrays are also projected sources of power. (Courtesy photo)
7 helps with security, Helmick said. Later this year, the Badrah facility Additional solar/wind facilities will be complete border with Iran, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, people with the essential infrastructure Where there was no electricity available, sewer and sanitation available, new septic dependence on the coalition for assistance will diminish. Capt. Robert Moore is assigned to MultiNational Security Transition Command-Iraq. He is a registered professional engineer with a bachelor degree from West Point and masters from the University of Michigan. the country. and increase capability for their power infrastructure. coalition combat forces, soldiers have U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick MNSTC-I Commanding General
8 st determined to show their advisors just how much theyve learned. Seventeen no discrepancies. out a critical mistake made in the last seconds of the load, which proved costly. Missile onto an AC-208B Caravan aircraft. Squadron 3 defeated a team of U.S. advisors in a friendly load competition in July. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Seandale JacksonU.S., Iraqi Airmen Square Off in Weapons Load Competition competition and beat their advisors, a detail and dedication. the competition was a win for both sides. 3 load crews are truly ready to move forward on their own. Two days later, in front of their st Air
9 dinner, and a tour of an Apache helicopter unit. The students were selected from with the level at which the lieutenants the helicopters and learned about their capabilities and mission. wrote, Yesterday was an unusual day in my life because I had visited the American air base with my partners and our supervisors. It was such a beautiful this so they can feel comfortable one day st st (Above) Two of the 11 Iraqi second lieutenants attending the Iraqi Air Force Training School enjoy themselves ex ploring the specs on an Apache helicopter. (Below) U.S. Army Capt. Jacques Fontenot shares his Air Cav hat and cockpit seat with an Iraq pilot candidate. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Seandale Jackson)Iraqi 2nd Lts Tour Apache Helo Unit
10 provides a special type of security service to develop a force that was professional that is able to defeat terrorism will secure the future of our country. We will dissemination. We will use all directions national service, not sectarian. He adds Iraqs National Counter-Terrorism Forces: Protecting All of Iraqs People and relies on the rule of law and not on its daily mission. referenced their information with other proud of. th thanked the United States for its help th north, south, east, and west, said A counter-terrorism team extracts a detainee during a training exercise. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Tommy Avilucea)
11 started here with men who came from advisory capacity. In the year that I have been here, terrorism and threats to the stability are able to continue our operations, Terrorism Bureau, which oversees the covers the funds that we need to operate in parliament. new for them; this is business as usual. They know how to adapt. adheres to the rule of law. U.S. advisors will continue their advisory roles in areas (Left) The Iraqi Special Operations Forces take aim at terrorists who threaten Iraq and its people. Training on hostage rescue provides critical skills for the ISOF to use in helping secure the people of Iraq. (Above) Iraqi Special Operations Forces conduct training operations to hone their counter terrorism skills. A counter-terrorism team extracts a detainee during a training exercise. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Tommy Avilucea)
12 BALADA group from Iraq Interior Ministry tours Joint Base Balad warehouse operations to increase understanding of materiel management practices. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sr. Airman Elizabeth Rissmiller.) BALAD, Iraq Interior Ministry Logistic Team Tours Balad Air Base Warehouse Operations
13 Iraqi Air Force Pilot, Trainer Earns Silver Wings in U.S. between our two nations," he said. and pilot skills as well as tremendous appreciation for instructor pilots here will be invaluable. He said the instructor pilots do more than just their job understand," he said. The lieutenant said the men and women who have helped In addition, the lieutenant said the men and women, students minute of the day, anytime he needed help. That, coupled community, are what he said made his time here easy and pleasant. He said when he met people, and told them he was from This is one step forward for breaking down a huge wall between our two nations --Iraqi air force 2nd Lt. Omar AlNuaimi
14 BAGHDAD Humvee Donation to Federal Police Enhances Iraq-U.S. Security Partnership the federal police with a more capable security to U.S. convoys in the past. They now they are ready for this important mission. One of several Humvees donated to the Iraqi Federal Police backs off a tractor trailer. The donation of 12 Humvees is ex pected to provide federal police more capable power to execute their duties. (Photo by U.S. Army Maj. Bob Owen)
15 dirt, as they prepared to place it on the vehicles bare rims. Depot. million dollars saved. manufacturers work order, Swims said. The work order was supposed to be completed by the coalition forces prior to in their frame rails, Swims said, which contractors, in their statement of work, So we would have to pay the contractor millions of dollars to do this. to repair the frames in the shortest time possible, Swims said. vehicles to repair and we have ended with Namer Noori Saied, welder, Iraqi army, welds a repair plate onto the frame of a humvee, as part of a project between welders from the Army Material Command and the Iraqi army to repair more than 800 damaged vehicles to be given to the Iraqi forces, Aug. 5, at the Taji National Maintenance Depot, Camp Taji, Iraq. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Alun Thomas, 1st ACB, 1st Cav. Div. Public Affairs) the amount of money saved was phenomenal, Swims said. development, Swims added. What this has been able to do is put an additional two months of work back U.S.-Iraq Humvee Repair Program Saves $7 million even learned some Arabic. The determination and tenacity of the them well in the future, he said. army, who enjoyed the project. support the American Army, he added. with a job well done. We started with bare bones but with a lot of hard work from everyone involved the Soldiers, Airmen and representatives their families.
16 There is a casualty somewhere inside, serve their city. a 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squad nozzle operations search and rescue scenario here July 2. U.S. Airmen conduct weekly training responders to help ing techniques that will help Iraqis better serve their city during emergencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eunique Stevens)U.S., Iraqi Firemen Bond Battling Blazes th Airmen precious. limited time and resources, he said. th th as possible and let them know we are on the same level as them. We share a youre from, he said. Peters, a Des Moines, Iowa, native. situations. th
17 locate a casualty. The Airmen said this more comfortable when they deal with people from the rubble and said he remembered one woman in particular so much debris to pull her out. said Peters. Airmen make that possible obstacles to overcome while they conduct search tactics. wrecked vehicles from the local VBIED responses, they want to learn Armed with improved skills and advisors. The success validated the of Defense Ministerial Training and Development Center July 26. While the two-day Advisor School provides new Coalition advisors the this one-day version was designed differently. The course was conducted under the direction of Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq. Security Transition Command-Iraq who arent assigned to Advisor positions, but who nevertheless want to learn more about the culture and history of Iraq, said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Sandra Kolb, chief, Training and Development Branch, Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Ministry of Defense. We feel that if you are serving in Iraq with MNSTC-I, you should have the opportunity to receive some formal instruction in its culture and history, and from teachers who are Iraqi. I think that Americans want to learn Iraqi culture and history from Iraqis rather than other Americans, said Dr. Cassidy Craft, MTDC superintendent. The curriculum for the course was prepared through a collaborative effort of the instructors, who are all MOD/MTDC employees. The information presented features parts of the culture of Iraq that the staff wanted us to know more about. Craft said. The class opened with a lesson in the basic geography of Iraq, including a look at the unique features of each province. A section on the notable rulers of Iraq and the Iraqi mindset took a look at past leaders from the lawgiver Hammurabi and King Nebuchadnezzar II to the dictator Saddam Hussein. In the class on notable rulers of Iraq, the instructor asked us who our heroes are, said At great risk to their own security, they teach at the MTDC. These instructors do this despite the threats to their lives from terrorists who want the Iraq Republic to fail. These instructors do a future generation of Iraqi leaders in the various ministries. This meets the The basic Arabic language-and-phrases section allowed students to engage in basic dialogue and to understand common Iraqi slang phrases. The topic of marriage and family allowed students to see the whole process of an engagement and marriage in Iraqi Islamic society. One MOD/ that he was currently going through the lengthy marriage process. The marriage and family sections and lessons on gender issues in Iraq brought the greatest exchange of ideas between students and instructors. Instructors and students avoid inquiring about the sensitive subjects of the cultural differences between the West and Iraqs Islamic culture. Comments on student evaluation forms ranged from, It is great to know Iraq embraces its history to This course helps relieve the culture shock; Iraqis seem less alien now. Students also had positive to say about the instructors. They were very informative and professional. Their knowledge and passion to pass along their cultural history and growth is evident and truly appreciated. Thank you for offering this class.Iraqi Instructors Teach Cultural Awareness to Educate U.S. Troops
18 Two First Commando Bn. students demonstrate the side-control dominant body position.(Photo by U.S. Army Capt. James R. Whitmore.) transitions, the four dominant body positions, and Students trained tirelessly for hours on thin mats over the concrete without shade, and on U.S. Army primary instructor, said he was impressed with the motivation, dedication, and technical ability of the commandos. he said, but its leaders and policemen are capable, professional own. Combatives Training
19 Afghanistan-based Security Transition Command Seeks MNSTC-I Best Practices Acquiring Humvees through the Foreign Military Sales program is one example of best practices that interested the team from Combined Security Transition CommandAfghanistan. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Tommy Avilucea) conducts business, said U.S. Army Lt. bounds, there is a commonality that we success and avoid every pitfall. sustainable capacity and capability within nations to contribute money and us how this can be done. The team also met with senior objectives, Edwards said. Security Assistance Mission, said his people were happy to share ideas on Weve opened our doors to the them the process and systems so they know what to do to prepare for their own international military education and In addition, ITAM also advises the commodities, services, and infrastructure support the development of ministerial capacity in order to provide forces capable on history, Olson concluded.
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