United States Forces-Iraq September 2010 New Dawn Rising
2 September In This Issue:3 Deputy Commanders Corner4 Operation New Dawn kicks off with clear focus5 Military leaders discuss the future of Iraqs military doctrine 6 BCTC transfers to 8 Program continues Contracting international course Maritime training fosters joint operations 4 6 8 Contents of this publication are not Volume 7 Issue 9 A monthly publication of the United States Forces-Iraq, DCG (A&T) Photo by Wayne V. Hall Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DCG.AT Deputy Commanding General Public Affairs Officer Translator
3 Operation Iraqi Freedom is now part of history. On September 1 Operation New Dawn began the next stage in the evolving relationship between the United States and Iraq. Iraqi Security Forces are now fully responsible for the internal security of their country and the USF-I mission focus is now fully on training, advising and assisting. This change in mission only emphasizes the importance of our longstanding efforts to work with the ISF to properly advise, train and equip the men and women providing security for the citizens of Iraq. For the U.S. troops in Iraq today, Operation New Dawn does not mean the end of operations. Far from it, instead it brings the advising and training mission into clear focus as we will all be working intensely during this critical stage to ensure the Iraqi military and police forces are as capable as they can be before the end of the U.S. military mission in December 2011. A major part of that effort will be strengthening and augmenting the strategic partnerships that have formed with military, government and commercial organizations between Iraq, the U.S. and NATO so that the tremendous progress the ISF has made will continue and the forward momentum will be maintained. In recent weeks we have seen remarkable gains in ISF capabilities. The Iraqi Army began the process of increasing its conventional defensive M1A1 Abrams tanks in early August. th Armored Division over the next year. to be delivered in increments and completed by December 2011. Nearly 500 Iraqi soldiers have undergone M1A1 tank familiarization training at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, where the incoming tanks will be de-processed and used to qualify crews in the coming months. The tanks will enhance the Iraqi Armys capability to defend its territorial sovereignty. Additionally more than 500 soldiers from the 1st Battalion of the 1st Regional Guard Brigade began Training Course at Sulaymaniyah last from the Ministry of Peshmerga to undergo training according to the Iraqi Armys standards of performance. The ongoing growth of defensive capability and the expansion of integrated training will strengthen stability in Iraq, which will in turn help strengthen stability in the region. Economic growth and stability can only occur in secure environments. This is why the Iraqi Navy, which protects Iraqs off shore oil infrastructure, is so critical to Iraq. This month, we will celebrate Iraqi new patrol boats that will help protect Iraqi crewmen have been trained on began training Aug. 12 in the United States. In the skies of Iraq the Iraqi Air Force is also making strides toward improving Iraqs security. In July, the government of Iraq signed an agreement with the United States to train 10 Iraqi Air Force pilots. Pending a foreign military sales in its air defense capabilities. There Air Force has control of air bases in Basrah, Ali, New al-Muthana, Hawk, Qaiyara-West, Habbiniyah and Al Kut. Finally, on the streets of Iraq the Iraqi police are performing heroically every day on the front lines, bravely challenging violent extremists head on to protect Iraqs people. More than 12,000 Iraqi policemen are training each week in Iraqi-run training centers across Iraq in an ongoing effort to from a basic crime scene investigation training class taught by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation at Joint Security Station Shield. Over time, the Iraqi police forces, under the guidance of the Ministry of Interior, will assume security responsibility for areas currently controlled by the summit to discuss how this process should proceed. Clearly we are all working at full speed during this most critical time, and as we move forward into Operation New Dawn we remain more committed than ever to working with our Iraqi partners to build the enduring security of Iraq. Deputy Commanders Corner Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero is the deputy commanding general for Advising and Training, United States Forces Iraq and the commander of NATO Training Mission-Iraq.
4By Wayne V. Hall DCG A&T PAOIraq has taken a dramatic turn towards the future this month as the U.S. mission launched Operation New Dawn on Sept. 1. This clear-cut mission has different personal Americas promise to fully transfer a secure and stable country to the Iraqi people. Operation New Dawn kicks off with something that no other mission in Iraq has had an established end date, as December 2011 marks the date when U.S. forces will be out of Iraq. With New Dawn we will continue to provide training, assisting, equipping, and advising. Its the mission weve been doing director, Iraq Training and Advisory Mission. But what I think is unique about New Dawn is knowing U.S. Forces will depart in 2011. New Dawn for us creates a tremendous sense of urgency to continue to help the Iraqis with the advice that we can provide so that they With the number of U.S. Forces now in Iraq below 50,000 the countrys security rests squarely on the shoulders of the Iraqi Security Forces, and it is key to a stable future for the Iraqi people. Its a far different security environment here in Iraq now from when I was last here director of the Iraq Training and Advisory interaction between the Iraqi Army and the have been almost unfathomable. I think, and would hope, that this affords us the opportunity for the security responsibility to transition to what is a combined responsibility between the Iraqi Army and the Iraqi Police to one largely This will allow the Iraqi Army to begin focusing on its external security requirements and Im very optimistic they will be able to do The renewed sense of emphasis on mission accomplishment is not only true for ITAMArmy, but for all elements of ITAM, who are working in unison with their respective Iraqi counterparts to ensure a smooth transition. Our efforts to maintain progress in the development of a capable Iraqi Navy, ready for operations, will not alter fundamentally said Brig. Tim Chicken, director of ITAMOperation New Dawn kicks off with clear focus See on page 9
5 By 1st Lt. Olivia Cobiskey DCG (A&T) PAOSenior military leaders representing Iraq, United States Forces-Iraq, and NATO Training Mission-Iraq met to discuss Iraqi military doctrine during Conference Aug. 3. The conferences three main objectives were to reach an agreement to a formal hierarchy of doctrine for the Iraqi Armed Forces; identifying and agreeing to development objectives for identifying the principles for implementation into the forces command and training institutions. Through the combined efforts of the Iraqi and international community the conference will enable the Iraqi Armed Forces to develop and deliver doctrine that will endure beyond 2011. In the physical sense, we have re-equipped our armed forces with state-of-the-art technology, and invested heavily in recruitment Gen. Babaker Zebari, chief of staff for the Iraqi Armed Forces. We have provided the tools necessary for Iraq to defend itself in the face of external aggression. Through good leadership and motivation we have helped develop a strong warrior ethos and a better understanding of the rights. The moral component provides the motivation for our However, there is a third, most important, step, he said. It binds the moral and physical components by Zebari said. It is underpinned by military doctrine but relies on innovation, education and capturing our collective experiences to ensure best practices in all that we do. Military doctrine is simply a Army Lt. Gen. Michael D. Barbero, deputy commanding general for Advising and Training agreed the Iraqi Armed Forces ments; however, he added that this last step will solidify Iraqs place among militaries in the re gion. This event will also signal to Iraqs regional neighbors that it is taking another positive step towards self-sustaining military capability to defend its sovereign ty in the face of external aggres Barbero said. The Iraqi Armed Forces have come a long way in rebuilding its time to take the next step, Barbero said. As we approach 2011, and the focus for the Armed Forces switches from internal security to external defense, it is necessary to review these conventional capabilities and determine how to employ them in the event of said in his opening remarks to the military leaders attending. This is an opportunity to take a huge step forward in ensuring the security of Iraq. Doctrine is a key part of building military capability and because of this I have allocated resources, people, and money, from United States Forces-Iraq and the NATO Training Mission-Iraq to support Military leaders discuss the future of Iraqs military doctrine Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel SymondsIraqi Army sMaj. Gen. Abdul Amir, and U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Iraqi military, United States Forces-Iraq and NATO Training Mis Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Chad Menegay King of the Desert Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, congratulates recent graduates of as a lion. The lion hunts all night and then lies in the shade during the baddest thing out there and nothing is going to attack it..
6 By U.S. Army Capt. Shannon Frank and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chad Menegay DCG A&T PAO transferred to the Iraqi Army during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Besmaya July 31. arrived in August. Great armies train continuously. This combat training center is the premier collective training site for mechanized, light infantry and artillery forces in the Gen. Michael D. Barbero, deputy commanding general Advising and Training, and NATO Training Mission-Iraq. The Iraqi Army and U.S. Army have been working with the Abrams tank in anticipation of the Iraqi tanks Iraqi crewmembers are also scheduled to receive a complete new equipment training package in conjunction The Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Army oversaw the delivery of the 11 M1A1 Abrams tanks from the port at Umm Qasr to the Besmaya Combat Training Center Aug. 12. According to Army Lt. Col. Tom Bentzel, Iraq Foreign Military Sales director for Project Manager Heavy Brigade th Iraqi Army Mechanized Division located in central Iraq. The tanks will undergo checks and services and get th Armored Division will then train its crews to operate and maintain the Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Symonds
7 By U.S. Army Capt. Shannon Frank and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chad Menegay DCG A&T PAO transferred to the Iraqi Army during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Besmaya July 31. arrived in August. Great armies train continuously. This combat training center is the premier collective training site for mechanized, light infantry and artillery forces in the Gen. Michael D. Barbero, deputy commanding general Advising and Training, and NATO Training Mission-Iraq. The Iraqi Army and U.S. Army have been working with the Abrams tank in anticipation of the Iraqi tanks Iraqi crewmembers are also scheduled to receive a complete new equipment training package in conjunction The Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Army oversaw the delivery of the 11 M1A1 Abrams tanks from the port at Umm Qasr to the Besmaya Combat Training Center Aug. 12. According to Army Lt. Col. Tom Bentzel, Iraq Foreign Military Sales director for Project Manager Heavy Brigade th Iraqi Army Mechanized Division located in central Iraq. The tanks will undergo checks and services and get th Armored Division will then train its crews to operate and maintain the M1A1s in the coming months. The new systems have upgraded engines and sights compared with those the Iraqis are currently using for training. They also have a self-cleaning air induction system as well as advanced embedded diagnostic systems. The tanks are part of a program to modernize Iraqs conventional defense capabilities. Familiarization Course at the BCTC. They are much Editors note: Menegay is stationed at BCTC. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Symonds Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chad Menegay
8By Sgt. David A. Scott DCG A&T PAOThe third group of Iraqi Navy diving students undergoing the Iraqi Training and Advisory Mission Navy are now entering training at Umm Qasr, Iraq. The goal of the Iraqi Navy diver training program is to ensure that Iraqs maritime forces personnel in place by the end of 2011 when U.S. Forces are scheduled to leave Iraq. Eleven students make up the current group diver trainees, which includes two Iraqi Navy being trained by a rotating team of expert U.S. Navy divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif. Mobile Unit One is currently deployed to Naval Support Activity Bahrain in support of Commander Task Command area of operations as part of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. This week Iraqi students and their U.S. Navy diver instructors worked together to prepare a welding rig, and trained on an abandoned barge in the Tigris River. The exercise was designed to teach the students the principles of harbor clearance and the removal of maritime navigation obstructions. Before entering the water, the Iraqi student divers endured a rigorous training program on land that emphasized proper cutting techniques and overall safety. The training program is working well, according to U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class Timo Martinez of EODMU One. Prior to this mission, I have worked with diver train ing programs in Singapore, Thailand, Mexico, Oman and the like working with the Iraqi divers and I wanted to do this training mission. It has been a great experience seeing them learn and The students are enrolled in a comprehensive diver training program developed by U.S. Navy diving experts according to Chief Navy Diver Seth Weeman of EODMU One. physics and disorders, both Type I and Type II decompression sickness and an overview of neur ological examinations including mental status, coordination, cranial nerves, strength, sensory, Weeman said. Phase I training encompassed approximately instruction and 22 hours of The second phase of the proincluding scuba emergency pro cedures; introduction to Kerie cable cutting operations and practical cutting; Zinc inspections; joint dive training; un derwater ships husbandry repairs including patches, plugs, cofferdams, shaft wraps and hull inspections, Weeman said. The diving students took turns on cutting a partially sunken barge at Umm Qasr under the watchful eye of their U.S. Navy instructors. They also learned the importance of focused attention while tending to a fellow diver before, during and after a dive. According to Weeman, the students are learning a call-and-echo communication system to enhance situational awareness and operational risk management. We make sure they are thoroughly trained on the prowe ask that they call out a command and have their dive tenders echo it back to them. In this instance, we want the left hand to know what the right hand is At the end of the month, the for this group of divers will divers will then move on to their respective postings within the Iraqi Navy. The ITAM-Navy diver Qasr is scheduled to continue to train and develop Iraqi Navy divers until the end of 2011. of a mandatory safety check.
9 Navy. However, we look forward to the opportunity that this shift presents to reassess issues within [the] U.S. Forces-Iraq and beyond of the importance of our role in Operation New Dawn in taking the Iraqi Navy to the point where they can assume responsibility Up until this point our mission has been to generate forces for internal defense and security. Weve formed units from scratch, and weve trained them to be what we call counter-insurgencythats gone very well. So weve formed 11 training centers and those training centers are now all Iraqi-led with Iraqi cadre focused on Iraqi programs Whats going to change, and were in the early stages of that now, is to bring in this new equipment such as the M1A1 [Abrams] tanks, self-propelled artillery, towed artillery, armored personnel carriers, bridging Snow said. The objective over is to develop this, what we are referring to as a foundational Snow added that while he expects the coming months will be very challenging, he is In addition to the progress made by Iraqi land and naval forces, the Iraqi Air Force is well on its way to becoming selfFor ITAM-Air Force, primarily with respect to our growth to include people, footprint and missions that we Force Brig. Gen. Scott Hanson, director of ITAM-Air Force. After a great deal of work by our air advisors, Iraqi Air Force leaders, and the Iraqi Airmen themselves, the Iraqi Air Force has progressed from being and advanced programs to now who instruct many of the most advanced programs. So, we are seeing the results of a successful train-the-trainer effort. At the Taji schoolhouse, Iraqi Airmen teach 23 recurring technical training classes, and another eight classes are transitioning to Iraqi-led instruction now. Within the rotary wing instructor pilots across 15 airframes, Hanson said. The continued growth of the instructor pilot cadre of the pilot training program. The Iraqi Air Force is on an excellent glide slope for success in pilot development and force While all elements within DCG A&T have been hard at work for some time in assisting the Iraqi Security Forces in preparation for their role in the exclusive defense and security of Iraq, the directorates fully understand the urgency that Operation New Dawn brings with it. The reason we see that sense of urgency is because we view the fact that we only have a very small period of time here to help the Iraqis by providing the assistance so that as much as we can, can be accomplished, and for us, particularly in the security More importantly all directors express an overwhelming sense that this mission will be met with overwhelming success. Editors note: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Dean J. Miller, with ITAM-AF, contributed to this story. File PhotoAn Iraqi Army Bomb Disposal School student threads a rope through a pulley during an exercise at a Besmaya Combat Training Center earlier this year. The Bomb Disposal school instructs students from the Iraqi Army and Police. Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Daniel Symonds From page 4
By Leslie Sabbagh ITAM-MoI PAO Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, Kurdish Ministry of Interior and the Iraq Ministry of Inte rior graduated Aug. 5 from the International Defense Acquisitions Resource Management in Baghdad. The course was designed to expand the ministries capabilities in handling interna tional procurement and contracting. Maj. Gen. Hazem Kadum, deputy director to the MoI General Directorate for Contracts. They now have a better understanding of how Developing the ability to be good stewards of Iraqi funds as it relates to government spending is critical in ensuring civilian trust in their governments managerial ability. The strategic importance and necessity for the MoI to actively participate in, and have credibility in the global marketplace, is crucial as the MoI strives to sustain the equipment, systems and facilities gifted to them by U.S. Frank Holinaty, the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-MoI Financial Management and Contracts director. Three more training courses are planned, with locations alternating between Baghdad and Kurdistan. Hazem said. More training will help expand By Sgt. David A. Scott DCG A&T PAOThe initial elements of the new ships and trained crews, are the latest tangible evidence of the efforts of the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission-Navy at Umm Qasr, Iraq. Italian-made patrol boats at Umm Qasr over the past year marked the end of the new beginning for the Iraqi Navy. The Iraqi Navy more robust maritime capabilities with the arrival of another 15 patrol boats from the United States next month. patrol ships, the Fatah arrived in August of last year. The Fatah was followed three months later by the Nasir. The Majed and Shomokh arrived in February of 2010. Once the ships arrived at their new home port, their crews were given a thirty-day holiday stand down. Following the stand down, a series of in-port and at-sea training exercises were initiated. The eight-person U.S. Navyled training team, which includes an interpreter, instructed the crews of the Iraqi patrol vessels in seven basic areas of operations, according to Lt. Lars Lone, USN ITAM Navy. The patrol ship program covers the same topics taught by the U.S. Navy to U.S. areas of training are seamanship, navigation, weapons handling, control and engineering casualty Lone said the complete training cycle has varied depending upon the individual ship and some unforeseen circumstances. The different experiences prior to getting underway. The Fatah had a two-and-asaid. The Nasir had an extended cycle due to a casualty suffered when it was struck by a freighter while moored. After extensive inport repairs, the Nasirs crew went through a two-month training cycle and then one week of at-sea The best part of the program has been the interaction with the Iraqi Navy Sailors, especially when going to sea, according to Lone. Very few people in the U.S. Navy can say they have gone to Lone. Relationship-building was Fatah it was all business so we struggled. Then we played soccer with them. Afterwards, we were no longer viewed as businessmen, Lone believes these relationships formed through the unique Iraqi, U.S., U.K. partnership of ITAM Navy, could be the foundation of future joint maritime operations. It gives our people a chance said. It builds a relationship, and it opens the possibility of future According to Lone, a lot of precedents were set on this training mission, which featured joint training operations between the Iraqi Navy, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. These exercises included a repairand-assist drill, a joint gunnery exercise, and a towing exercise. in maritime history an Iraqi vessel, the Majed, towed a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, the USCG Umm Qasr has changed Lones view of the world. He says learning about a different culture through direct contact has given him a new perspective. said. Take the time to learn about the Iraqi people, because there are many good things to learn. My perception of the Iraqi people has changed dramatically since I have
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