Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq October 2009 Milestone Mortar Class Targets Excellenc e See page 4
2 Commanding General Public Affairs Officer Public Affairs Staff Translator Advisor Editor OCTOBER COVERThe Advisor Contents of this paper are not necessarily the The Advisr In this Issue4 6 10 13 Photo by U.S. Army Capt. James ElliottWorking dogs Follow Their Noses to Sniff Out Explosives Twenty-seven Iraqi Army Iraqi Army 81mm mortar course instructors from a train-thetrainer course. Chew toys and leashes in hand, Iraqi Police dog handlers and their working dogs arrived at Forward Operating Base Marez in late obedience and explosive detection techniques.Cover Story: Iraqis Army Reaches Mortar MilestoneU.S., Iraqi Experts Defuse CounterExplosives Challenges On a wall in Iraqs Ministry of Interior hangs 46 framed photographs displaying who died attempting to isolate and defuse terrorist bombs so that Iraq could be a safer and more secure place to live and work Rescue Me: Rapid Response Training Reassures Iraqi Fire Fighters Iraqi Maj. Gen. Dler (right) prepares to cut the ribbon this summer to open the new Criminal Evidence Laboratory in Irbil with Karim Sinjari (left), Minister of Interior for Khurdistan Region. Lab Director Dier Akos aid he looks forward to working together with the courts to enforce the rule of law and using forensic building incorporates state-of-the-art analytical equipment for criminal forensics investigations. The Irbil Center will be one of three forensics laboratories in Iraq with the other two sites located at Baghdad and Basra. (Photo by Mark Hallmark) Multi-National Security Transition Command Iraq October 2009 Milestone Mortar Class Targets Excellenc e See page 4 Two Air Force sergeants stationed inside the International Zone here are in the process of training Iraqi
3 CG Hails Extraordinary Iraqi Partnership Advisor Frank G. Helmick Lieutenant General
4 TAJI, Iraq Tallil Celebrates First Graduation for 81mm Mortar Live-Fire Course Students had a blastIraqi Army Sgt. Raheem Sadon, 81mm mortar instructor, gives students an introduction of mortar characteristics. (Photo by U.S. Army Capt. James Elliott) Ministries of Defense, Interior Hold 23 September GraduationsITAM-Intel ITAM-Police ITAM-AF Sept. 23 Air Systems Crs 12 Taji ITAM-Army Sept. 13 M1A1 Tanker Crs 42 Besmaya Sept. 27 Bomb Disposal School IED 7 Besmaya Sept. 28 81mm Mortar Training various numbers in Besmaya; Kirkush; Numaniyah; Tallil; Kirkuk
Tribal Affairs Directorate Promotes Reconciliation Tribal Affairs Directorate representatives meet tribal sheikhs from Al Msa'awd, Khafajah and Al Twfeel. (Courtesy Photo)
Working dogs Follow Their Noses to Sniff Out Explosives Story by Christopher Kozloski and Ron Holbrook
7 An Iraqi police dog leads his handler while they search for explosive devices class at Forward Operating Base Marez, in Mosul, Iraq. The Iraqi dog handlers posite page: An Iraqi dog handler takes control of his dog.
8 Dog and handler walk through a training lane to get the hands-on skills required for their security duties A handler guides his dog through an obstacle course on the training range. (Iraqi Ministry of Interior photo) (Kozloski wrties for 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Holbrook,writes for ITAM-Ministry of Interior Training Team.)
Bushariyah-based Iraqi Police Prove Readiness U.S. Soldiers, assigned to 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, pull security with Iraqi Canaan Radcliffe) oversees security with U.S. Soldiers on a joint patrol. mission in Kirkuk, Iraq. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Canaan Radcliffe)
BAGHDAD U.S., Iraqi Experts Defuse Counter-Explosives Challenges The HD1 counter-explosives robot moves in to dismantle a training explosive device as part of explosive ordnance disposal training (Photos by Maj. Bob Owen)
11 The HD1 counter-explosives robot moves in to dismantle a training explosive device as part of explosive ordnance disposal training (Photos by Maj. Bob Owen) Above: An Iraqi EOD specialist collects pieces of the disman tled training bomb. Left: EOD Specialists have a vast array of tools and badges at their disposal.
12 Iraqi Airmen Eye the Skies via Ground Station provide full-motion ISR video for operations in Iraq. (U.S. Air Force photo byTech. Sgt. Johnny L. Saldivar)
13 Rescue Me BAGHDAD
14 Below: U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Essam Cordova instructs tients cervical spine and measure for a C-spine collar. Previous page: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Kimball tions check on an AJAX air hammer tool. Both Airmen teach teaches procedures in advanced rescue with auto extrication to students in the International Zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Johnny L. Saldivar)
board. He teaches procedures in advanced rescue with auto extrication to students in the International Zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Johnny L. Saldivar)
New Fuel Depot Helps Expand IA Capacity (Scheck works for the Gulf Region District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Murnieks This new fuel point will dra matically reduce the trouble that units go through to get fuel, and will increase the mission capabilities of the Iraqi army in this province. (Courtesy photo)
17 Air Cavalry Continues Training Iraqi Army Rushing out Black Hawk helicopter, Iraqi soldiers hit the ground and take up secu rity positions during a train ing exercise in Baghdad, Aug. 18. (Photo by Sgt. Travis Zielinski, 1st Cavalry Division)
18 Capt. Allen Trujillo, commander of Company D, 4th graduation ceremony. Trujillos Soldiers advise and assist Iraqi Police in Maysan province. (Photos by 2nd Lt. Frederick McAfee, 4th Brigade Combat Team) MoI Police Academy Prepares Federal, Border, Emergency Forces render honors during the playing of Mawtini, the Iraqi national anthem, during a ceremony for graduates of Iraqi police basic recruit training.
Weather Observation Device Assists Iraqi Air Missions Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Jamison (left), weather system support cadre technician shows Iraqi air force lieuten tactical meteorological observation system. (U.S. Air Force photos by Tech. Sgt. Johnny L. Saldivar) Air Force Senior Airman Daniel Jamison teaches Iraqi air to a TMQtactical meteorological observation system.
Robotic Bomb Catcher Keeps Pace with Iraqi Counter-Explosives ForceHD1 counter-explosive robot leads the Iraqi Explosives Ordnance Disposal team to a training bomb. The HD1 can dismantle an explosive device without putting a human in harms way. See story page 10.