YEAR IN REVIEW (January -September 2011) Final Edition
The Advisor is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. Defense Department and multinational and Iraqi partners. Contents of this publication are not Direct questions and comments to: DSN: 318-239-5886Special edition Final issue A monthly publication of the United States Forces-Iraq, DCG (A&T)Find us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/USFI.AandT Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., USA Public Affairs Officers Lt. Col. Mark R. Cheadle, USA Maj. Brandon Lingle, USAF Advisor Editors and Layout Design Staff Sgt. Edward Daileg, USA Sgt. Joseph Vine, USA Mr. Scott Knuteson, USAF Arabic-Edition Content Editor L. Merogi Linguist Garrison TahaFinal Issue In This Issue: 1 Introduction 30 The future of the ISF and the Advising and Training Mission 12-29 A monthby-month breakdown of Iraqi military milestones 2-10 A bythe-numbers look at the Advising and Training missionOn the CoverGraphic by Staff Sgt. Edward Daileg USF-I DCG (A&T) PAOAs we near the twilight of Operation New Dawn, it is important to keep an eye on the horizon and also to take a moment to reect on all weve accomplished to build future Iraqi success. Were proud of what our team of teams has achieved, and we look forward to continuing our progress. is nal edition of the Advisor magazine chronicles what weve accomplished in 2011 with an eye toward the future. When Operation New Dawn began on Sept. 1, 2010, U.S. Forces-Iraq transitioned from conducting combat operations to performing stability operations with partner Iraqi Security Forces. Since then, we have clearly increased the focus on transition and reposturing eorts, as we begin the nal stage in development from a military-led to a civilian-led mission. From the start of Operation New Dawn, the role of U.S. Forces-Iraq was intended to support the transition to the Department of State and the Oce of Security Cooperation-Iraq. In accordance with the Security Framework Agreement, the goal has always been to transition our mission and reposture our forces as the ISF grew stronger and more capable. e Iraqi Security Forces have moved toward the next level of competency and condence. ey are successfully completing training on multiple levels and are training their trainers to deliver the same high quality training into the future. e ISF have moved beyond basic force development and are now focused on force enhancement. And, U.S. Forces continue to achieve during one of, if not the most, signicant logistics move in the history of the modern military. Right now, the transition is in full swing. In September 2010, we had more than 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, today, we have about 12,000, and that number is decreasing according to the plan. e drawdown of U.S. Forces further demonstrates the commitment of the U.S. to the Security Agreement with the government and people of Iraq. We will honor this commitment and ensure the safety of our service members and civilians at the same time. e partnership we share with our Iraqi counterparts is not ending. e partnership is enduring under the auspices of the Strategic Framework Agreement. As United States Forces-Iraq draws down and the Oce of Security Cooperation stands up, well continue to empower our Iraqi partners. e hard work is done and the harder work remains. As with any major change, transitions are challenging. Were condent in the ISF and our ability to rise up to meet these challenges. We are very proud to watch the men and women of our military and civilian team stand shoulder to shoulder with the Iraqis and observing, guiding and training their counterparts. You should take great pride to be an integral part of this historic mission as the Iraqis make themselves stronger. -With Honor and SuccessAdvisor Editors Introduction
Out of the 5,528 Iraqi Airmen 206 are mission ready pilots and 47 are instructor pilots. Ten Iraqi pilots are in the U.S. for multi-role ghter training and two are attending an aviation leadership program. The Iraqi Air Force currently boasts 75 xed wing aircraft and is slated to have 78 in 2012. The Iraqi goverment also recently purchased 18 F-16 ghter aircraft. Six C-130Js are scheduled for delivery in 2012-2013 to augment the three C-103Es currently in the Iraqi Air Force inventory. Thirty Iraqi Airmen are certied air trac controllers and 52 more are in Air Trac Control training. The Iraqi Air Force operates 16 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance aircraft on an average of three sorties per day.
140 M1A1 Tanks have arrived at FOB Hammer, 123 are de-processed and 85 have been transferred to the Iraqi Army. Fifty-four M198 Howitzers have been delivered to Camp Taji. Forty-one are ready to be transfered to the Iraqi Army. The Iraqi Army currently has more than 190,000 Soldiers and 5,162 Special Operation Forces. Fifty-six of 1,026 M113 armored personnel carriers are at Camp Taji. Deprocessing and handover of all M113s is scheduled to be completed by March 2012. Eighteen of 21 M88A2 recovery vehicles have been transfered to the Iraqi Army. The U.S. Army has deprocessed 24 M109A5 self-propelled Howitzers; 16 are ready for use by the Iraqi Security Forces.
The The Iraqi Navy currently has ve SWIFT-class Patrol boats that are conducting missions in its territorial water. Seven more are expected to arrive in the near future. The Iraqi Navy has more than 4,163 Sailors and Marines. Eighty students are in training and more than 650 graduated from 30 dierent courses to date in 2011. The Iraqi Navy and Marines are operating more than 60 vessels to protect Iraqs territorial waters. The Iraqi Navy has command and control of the Al Basra Oil Terminal, securing 80 percent of their territorial waters. They will have 100 percent responsibility by the end of 2011. Iraqi Navy currently has 150 mechanics, electricians, and welders training in a year-long ship repair facility course. The Iraqi Navy used twenty-six defender class boats to secure the Al-Basra Oil Terminal.
485,471 Iraqi Police are currently conducting internal security operations throughout Iraq. 4,389 Police Ocers are currently in training ranging from basic recruit to specialty and advanced training. Border police presently enforce 3,631 kilometers of sovereign Iraqi Border. Twenty three Counter-Explosive Teams have been established with a $23 million Iraqi Security Forces funding initiative. Seventeen more teams will be established by December 2011. One hundred seventy-ve armored support vehicles have been elded to the Federal Police and 80 more will be elded by 2012. The Iraqi Criminal Evidence Directorate will have 10 labs with full comparatives capability, ve labs with chemistry forensics capability, and four labs with DNA forensics ability More than 1,000 Oil Police personnel received advanced oil police training since inception; 38 completed the train-the-trainer course.
Iraqi Army Aviation currently has 22 training helicopters. Including 19 Bell Jet Rangers and three Bell T-407. Iraqi Aviation Command currently has 2,486 personnel with four operation squadrons three activating squadrons and two ight training squadrons. Iraqi Aviation Command has 62 operational mission aircrafts, 22 are Mi-171s. The Iraqi Army Aviation Command had a monthly average of 1,169.48 ight hours in 2011. The average month hours is an increase of ight hours from the previous two years of ying. ISF Primary Training Sites Kirkush Training Center Kirkuk Training Center Tikrit Habbaniyah Training Center Taji Training Center Umm Qasr Naval Training Center Basrah Erbil Besmaya International Zone
January2011 kicked o with high-prole events for both the U.S. Advising and Training mission and the Iraqi Security Forces to include Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter assuming command of United States Forces-Iraq deputy commanding general of Advising and Training. During the change of command ceremony, Ferriter said, Im eager to help create an even stronger partnership between Iraq, the U.S. forces and the U.S. Embassy; one that sets the conditions for a successful transition and a stable Iraq for years to come. e day after the change of command, U.S. and Iraqi forces celebrated Iraqi Armed Forces Day Jan. 6, the 90th anniversary of the Iraqi Army. e Iraqi Navy marked the occasion by completing its rst 24-hour-patrol of Iraqi territorial waters, including the Al Basrah Oil Terminal, in Patrol Boat 301. Iraqi Navy Lt. Abdul, the ships captain, said the historic patrol marks a great moment in the development of the Iraqi Navy. It was a signicant day, especially since the patrol was a part of Iraqi Armed Forces Day, he said. e crew has been conducting training since September, said United Kingdom Royal Navy Lt. Richard Hurman, a Coalition Naval Advisory Training Team advisor. e Iraqi Navy also took delivery of patrol boats 302 and 303 from U.S. Forces. e arrival of the new swift-patrol boats embodies the continued expansion of the Iraqi Navy in an eort to patrol their territorial waters and protect important pieces of national infrastructure, said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Iraqi Army Soldiers train on the M1A1 Main Battle Tank at the Besmaya training center in Baghdad. ITAMArmy helped open the Al-Ghuzlani training center and kicked o the M1A1 Abrams Modernization program with M1A1 familiarization classes for 140 tank crews. (DCG A&T Public Aairs photo) Three Iraqi physical therapists attend a six-week training course working with amputees and prosthetic specialists at Walter Reed Medical Center. (Courtesy photo) Iraqi Mi-171 Helicopters y in formation during Iraqi Armed forces day Jan 6, Baghdad. (DCG A&T Public Aairs Photo)Kelvin N. Dixon, ITAM-Navy director. e rsts continued with the Iraqi Air Forces rst real-world Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance support mission to approximately 4 million pilgrims during the Arbaeen pilgrimage. Also, the Iraqi Air Force Training School at Taji completed its rst Language Training Course for pilot candidates while the Ministry of Defense installed English language labs at the Air Force College on Contingency Operating Base Speicher and at the Iraqi Language Institute in the International Zone in Baghdad. Aviation is dierent than ground skills, said Sta Brig. Gen. Ali Hasan, Iraqi Air Force College commander and A month of Firsts1988 graduate of the school. English is the international language of aviation. is computer laboratory will increase the level of learning by 25 percent or more, immediately. e Iraqi Air Force acquired a European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellite to deliver weather and climate data, images and products 24-hours a day to Iraqi meteorologists. is system provides real-time aviation weather information as the basis for decision support for all meteorological support activities spanning Iraq, said U.S. Air Force Maj. James Bono, ITAMAirs senior weather advisor. January also saw the start of the rst Iraqi-ran depot-level maintenance operations at the Joint Base Workshop in Taji. Also in Taji, the Iraqi Army Air Command received the rst two of 24 Euro Copters equipped with laser-guided missiles and opened the largest free-span building in the Middle Easta 15-meter tall and 76-meter long Mi-17 helicopter hanger. e completion of the Mi-17 hangar and squadron operations building will provide the Iraqi Army Aviation Command with facilities to conduct maintenance on their rotarywing aircraft, protected from the harsh environs of Iraq and will provide them with needed oce space and a simulator room in which to train their pilots, said U.S. Army Maj. John Stover, ocer-in-charge of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Divisions Taji project oce. As January continued, ITAMArmy helped open the Al-Ghuzlani Training Center with a training exercise for 560 Iraqi Army Soldiers as part of al-Tadreeb al-Shamil, or collective training. Were teaching them techniques used by American ghters, said U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sean Mitcham, platoon leader with Troop C, 1st Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt. Once the training is complete, theyll be able to mold it into their own system to make it work for them. ITAM-Army also kicked o the M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank Modernization Program with M1A1 familiarization classes for 140 tank crews. We focus on driving M1A1s to drive Iraq forward into the future and for the betterment of the people of Iraq, said Im eager to help create an even stronger partnership between Iraq, the U.S. forces and the U.S. embassy. IqA Jundi Anwar Hakim Khidher AlJanabi, a tank commander with the 9th Armd. Div. Iraqs Ministry of the Interior hosted the 89th Police Day Ceremony followed by the graduation of 2,350 police lieutenants including 80 females. During the ceremony, members of Iraqs police services marched across the Baghdad Police Colleges parade eld rendering salutes and chanting Long, live Iraq! e Iraqi Police Day celebration was a big success, said Baghdad Police College Dean Maj. Gen. Riyadh Abdul Baki Salman. In addition to military and security training, three Iraqi biologist and chemist medical ocers received specialized training in research in the U.S. and three physical therapists attended a six-week training course working with amputees and prosthetic specialists at Walter Reed Medical Center in D.C. Iraqi Army 2nd Lt. Ali Nsaif said he beneted from the expertise of the hospitals physical therapists and has learned new exercise techniques he plans to use with his patients in the Iraqi Army. He said, they [Walter Reed] are focused on the patient and are there through the whole process of recovery.
Februarye steady progress of the Iraqi Security Forces continued throughout February. From patrol boats in Umm Qasr to humvees at Taji or broadcasters and network operators in Baghdad, the signs of a strengthening force were visible throughout Iraq. ITAM-Navy certied Iraqi Navy crews in Swift patrol boats 302 and 303 for operational tasking, and workers nished construction of the Ship Repair Facility in Umm Qasr. ere is a denite pride returning to the Iraqi Navy, said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard Jones, an engineering ocer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. rough my interaction with the Iraqi Navy, there is Zeravani Police demonstrate hand-to-hand combat skills as part of graduation ceremony activities following a specialized Carabinieri training course at the Federal Police Special Training Academy at Camp Dublin. (DCG A&T Public Aairs photo)an esprit de corps; a pride in service appearing to come back, he said. ITAM-MoI strengthened the Iraqi MoIs vehicle eet by transferring 430 non-tactical vehicles, 320 humvees and 40 atbed trailers to Iraq, through the U.S. Equipment Transfer Program. e Iraqi Air Force had more rsts in February with the opening of a new $5.7 million Iraqi Air Operations Center on Hawk base, and the start of the rst Ground Support Ocer class at COB Speicher for 136 ocers. ITAM-Airs advisors have made progress by exposing Iraqi leadership to the philosophy that joint integration between forces is the modern way to eectively assist security operations, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Pete Schnobrich, ITAM-Air Advisor. is concept is new to the Iraqi military, particularly when it comes to the operational and tactical employment of forces. Iraqi Soldiers began M1A1 operator and maintenance training at Besmaya Combat Training Swift Class Patrol Boat 302 passes by the pier during Iraqi Navy Day in Umm Qasr, Iraq. The crew of Patrol Boat 302 was certied for operational tasking February, 2011. (DCG A&T Public Aairs Photo)Strengthening the forceCenter. is was the rst M1A1 operator course featuring Iraqi Army Soldiers as primary instructors. In the future, we will train other Iraqi Soldiers about this tank, said Iraqi Army Capt. Mouhaned, a student in the M1A1 operator course. e M1A1 unit maintenance course covered material ranging from diagnosing and troubleshooting malfunctions to performing on-board support on the turret system. e UMNET course will teach them how to maintain the M1A1, said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodriguez-Barajas, an ITAM-Army operations noncommissioned ocer. [It will] teach them how to ere is a denite pride returning to the Iraqi Navy. be turret mechanics. For the Italian Carabinieri of NATO Training MissionIraq, February marked the graduation of nearly 650 students from their Iraqi Federal Police Dignitary Protection and Personal Security Course at Camp Dublin in Baghdad. Instructors trained the graduates on specialized close-distance protection techniques and advanceddriving techniques, said sta Lt. Gen. Husayn Jasim Muhammad al-Awadi, Iraqi Federal Police commander. e graduation of this personal security detachment training shows the positive development of the Iraqi National Police specialtraining institution, al-Awadi said. Also in Baghdad, 30 students graduated from Iraqs rst Computer and Information Technology Training Network Course at the MoDs Development and Training Center. is is another step in what I know will be a good investment in the people who are going to take care of the technology that will carry the Iraqi military far into the future, said U.S. Air Force Col. Tina Harvey, director of USF-Is J-6 Iraq Communications Coordination Element. Other ISF communication enhancements included U.S.Iraqi information-sharing symposium and MoDs rst Advanced Broadcasting and TV production workshop. We now have media units in the Iraqi Army, in each unit or division, said Qais Subhie Mustafa, a member of the MoDs Media Relations Department. is advanced class is lled with all the requirements for videography and photography, said Brig. Gen. Ali Muslih al-Jeboury, director of Media Relations for the Chief of Sta of the ISF. It was rewarding to share information with the Iraqis, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Joe Cardenas who helped teach the course. Later in the month, ITAM-MoD Intelligence advisors conducted new equipment training and capstone exercises for the 1st, 7th and 12th Iraqi Army Division Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance teams certifying them capable of providing tactical intelligence support. For the ITAM-Police Federal Police Transition Team and the Iraqi Federal Police, preparing and training for the Day of Rage, one of the largest protests Iraq has seen, was a crucial real-world test....Joint integration is the modern way to eectively assist security operations.
MarchIn March, Iraqi training and capacity continued to grow. From language labs to Hellre missiles, forensics equipment to trauma care, the breadth and depth of ISF capabilities expanded as U.S. advisors and trainers continued to enhance ISF abilities. e Iraqi Air Forces successes continued with the demonstration of their rst solo Hellre missile launch with integrated ground control from Iraqi Special Operation Forces March 23. e Iraqi Air Operations Center director commanded the mission from Baghdad via live video feed from an orbiting King Air 350 surveillance plane, while an Iraqi Forward Air Controller at the Aziziyah range 50 miles away controlled the shot. is is a great day for the Iraqi Air Force, said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Anthony Rock, ITAM-Air director, who observed the mission from an ISR monitoring station at New Al-Muthana Air Base in Baghdad. From the Iraqi forward air controllers coordinating with the attack aircraft, to the arming and release of the Hellre missilethis capability is key to the Iraqi Air Forces ability to provide internal security and external defense, he said. e rst Iraqi Air Force pilot completed T-6 instructor pilot training and began teaching Iraqi T-6 students. Iraqi Air Force Lt. Col. Hamid Godfather Hussein, Squadron 203 commander, ew a training mission with an Iraqi student pilot further developing self-sustaining airpower. He said with determination, motivation and attention to detail, any Iraqi student pilot is capable of doing great things for the Iraqi Air Force. I think it is important for them to focus on the future of the Iraqi Air Force, Hussein said. I also urge them to learn from examples set by the instructors they y with... as they begin to develop their instructional style and techniques. e Iraqi Air Force gained a low cost alternative to sending pilots outside of Iraq for recurring altitude chamber training by installing two Reduced Oxygen Breathing Devices. e devices simulate hypoxia so pilots can recognize symptoms of oxygen deprivation in time to take proper action. is machine reduces the risk of decompression sickness because it doesnt aect the entire body, said U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Flecker, aerospace operational physiology technician. She added that all pilots and aircrew members will continue to go to An Iraqi Air Force pilot inspects an AGM-114 Hellre missile loaded onto an AC-208 Cessna Caravan for an operational exercise March 23. Iraqi Air Force pilots from Squadron 3 hit a ground target with guidance and direction from Iraqi Special Operations Forces forward air controllers on the Aziziyah Training Range, south of Baghdad.(U.S. Air Force photo by Sta Sgt. Levi Riendeau)Milestones Achieved...focus on the future of the Iraqi Air Force. an actual altitude chamber for initial training in order to fully understand what can happen to a pilot during emergency situations. In March, MoI streamlined their recruiting process with an online system to aid in selecting the best-qualied police and ocer candidates while eliminating corruption and fraud during the hiring process. ITAM-Polices fth and nal group of 350 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technicians,100 Federal Police Ocers and 240 General Counter-Explosive Directorate Ocers graduated from the International Mine Action Standards Level-4 Counter-Explosive Training course. Also, MoIs High Institute for Security and Administrative Development labs at Erbil, Mosul and Basra gained capability to conduct digital exploitation forensics training, enabling investigators to collect evidence from electronic devices. MoD intelligence ocials also gained capacity in electronic evidence collection by procuring 140 documentation and media exploitation kits that will help preserve captured hard and electronic data. Additionally, the MoD installed language labs in Taji and Rustimiyah where members of the ISF, MoI and MoD will be able to learn English and the languages of other countries who work with Iraqs government. In eorts to increase medical knowledge throughout the country, 12 Iraqis completed Biomedical Maintenance Training and the U.S. DoD Institute for Medical Operations Mobile Education Team taught a Nurse-Trauma course to 57 MoD, MoI and Ministry of Health healthcare providers. e course focuses on emphasizing the primary things you must focus on for a trauma victim to ensure a successful outcome airway, breathing, circulation and cervical spine, said U.S. Air Force Col. Liz J. Bridges, instructor of the course. We are going through every aspect of trauma care, going through all the systems, breaking them down and bringing them back together. Every year we work with the Iraqi Ministry of Defenses Surgeon General to identify Iraqi military health needs, said Dr. Adel N. Hansen, the medical advisor and liaison with ITAM-MoDs Strategic Advisor Group. By the end of March, more than 10,500 Iraqis had graduated from MoD Training and Development Center programs and 2,500 completed ethics training at the Center for Military Values, Principles and Leadership Development programs. One glimpse toward the future also came in March, when the State Department announced that it would continue eorts to increase Iraqi civilian police capacities through the U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Aairs. On October 1, the State Department, in partnership with the Government of Iraq, will begin a civilian Police Development Program that focuses on strengthening management, leadership and advanced policing skills and encourages community policing promoting detection and prevention of crime in partnership with the community, U.S. State Department ocials said. e Iraqi police have made substantial improvements during the past seven years as we provided the training and equipment to establish a basic foundation of law enforcement skills, said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Michael Smith, director of ITAMPolice. I look forward to continue working with Assistant Secretary Browneld and his INL team said Smith. e INL team of experts will provide sophisticated tools and modern techniques to improve the capabilities and professionalism of the Iraqi police while earning the trust and condence of the Iraqi people.e INL team of experts will provide sophisticated tools and modern techniques to improve the... Iraqi police.... An Iraqi Army Explosives Ordnance and Bomb Disposal School student threads a rope through a pulley during an exercise at an EOD range. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Sta Sgt. Christopher Frost)
April April saw the largest and most anticipated event of the year so farLions Leap. e ISF demonstrated their full range of capabilities during the jointtraining exercise, which began operations at the Besmaya Combat Training Center in late April. e 10-day 4-phase exercise displayed Iraqs ability to provide security for the Iraqi people and maintain stability throughout the region. From planning to execution, ISF were in the lead. All four phases of the integrated combined-arms exercise were conducted at training centers across Iraq, including Besmaya, Baghdad, Mahgoor and Khor Az-Zubayr. Lions Leap culminated a year of planning and served as a major step in the development of the ISF. You (ISF) have achieved your goal and Iraq is even stronger today than before, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, former USF-I deputy commanding general for Advising and Training, when addressing Iraqi troops during the exercise. Lions Leap set a template for future Iraqi training. e planning and execution phases of the exercise tested the leadership capabilities of the Iraqi Army, Navy, Air Force and Army Aviation Command to plan and conduct Iraqi Combined Arms operations. All exercise operations gave positive signals and indicate that Iraqi military combat and support is moving forward in terms of capabilities development, said Iraqi Army Gen. Babakir Badr-Khan Shawkat al-Zibari, chief of sta of the Iraqi Armed Forces. ISF members are doing an honorable task in providing security for the country and combating terrorism, said Iraqi Army sta Maj. Gen. Abass Fizza, the exercises deputy director. In order for you to surpass your peers, you have to train and ght professionally. For one group of Iraqi Army Soldiers, April included a course at Besmaya Combat Training Center on how to operate and maintain the M88A2 Hercules, a vehicle designed to recover the M1A1. Were trying to build an Iraqi Army that is a viable, and has a sustainable conventional defense capability, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. David C. Beachman, ITAM-Army senior advisor at BCTC, soldiers can be trained on how to maneuver a tank, but if it breaks down and they are unable to tow it back to a maintenance facility to x it, the platform wont be an eective combat multiplier. In Umm Qasr, the third and nal U.S. based Patrol Boat Training class graduated April 8, and the Iraqi Navy Training Team took the reins for training all future patrol boat crews. Having the right gear and training is only part of the battle; professional militaries also need the technology to support their operations. One way ITAM-MoD helped Iraqi MoD in this aspect in April was with a Spectrum Management course. Spectrum management is the regulation and organization of dierent communication technologiessuch as radio, Internet and telephoneinto their own specic frequencies to avoid interference and ensure seamless communication. Where the Iraqi Army, Navy and Air Force are going in communication is to the next level, said U.S. Navy Capt. Hank Bond, director of USFIs J-6 Communications Directorate. is school, and the focus on spectrum management, shows the United States that you are becoming experts in a broad part of complex communications. ITAM-MoD imagery and Mapping Directorate advisors also provided geospatial support, imagery and mapping training to the Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Command and Counter-Terrorism Service in Baghdad. is training will help ensure counter-terrorism forces are at the right place at the right time. To further enable Iraqi investigators the ability to collect evidence, ITAMPolice advisors installed various forensics equipment throughout the country An Iraqi Commando scans his area during a Joint-Exercise, Lions Leap April 26. The exercise was just one of several ongoing, multi-phase exercises designed to further integrate Iraqs Military the Iraqi Air Force, Iraqi Army Aviation Command and Iraqi Army came together for a successful mission. (Courtesy photo) An Iraqi Mi-171 helicopter prepares to drop Iraqi special operations forces personnel into the middle of Exercise Lions Leap April 26. The demonstration held near Baghdad was just one of several ongoing, multi-phase exercises designed to further integrate the Iraqi air force, Iraqi Army Aviation Command and Iraqi army. It was also an opportunity for the Iraqi military to showcase its capabilities. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy Redman) An Iraqi UH-1 Huey lifts o from the battle scene carrying simulated casualties during a joint demonstration near Baghdad, April 18. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Randy Redman)Lions LeapIraq is even stronger today than before. in the continuing eort to build Iraqs evidence based legal system in accordance with the Rule of Law. For the Iraqi Air Force and Army Aviation Command, the rst JointCrash Rescue exercise at Sather Air Base involved UH-60s, a Huey 2 and an Mi17 helicopter in conjunction with several Iraqi Air Base re departments further illustrates Iraqs ability to provide crash and re rescue services. U.S. advisors also hosted a joint coordination exercise at Kirkuk Regional Air Base. is exercise was a stepping stone toward more complex exercises using live re in the future, said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Sean Beasley, a reghter from the 341st Civil Engineer Squadron. Its important for the Iraqis to keep building upon what we teach, not only for prociency, but for safety as well. Iraqi Army Aviation Command took another step forward after Iraqi T-407 helicopter instructor pilots ew their rst mission without U.S. advisors April 28. e T-407 milestone came four months after U.S. Army Chief Warrant Ocer Daniel Hill and U.S. Army Maj. Kevin Ferner from the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron began training more than twenty pilots from IqAACs Squadron 21.
May roughout May, ISF agencies performed after action reports, evaluating their performance during Lions Leap. is review process is critical in developing a world-class military. e lessons learned will help the ISF hone future operations and further professionalize their organizations. e Ministry of Defense conducted informal and formal After Action Reviews and is feeding lessons learned into their doctrinal training model cycle to achieve their goal of conducting sustained planning and training execution, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, deputy commanding general for Advising and Training. e MoD determined, during their assessment of Lions Leap the need to develop their strategic logistics and sustainment planning which make sustained combined arms operational capability possible. While ISF reviewed their performance, U.S. advisors turned over the Small Arms Repair Facility at Camp Taji to the MoD, Iraqi mechanics at the Taji National Maintenance Depot perform maintenance on humvees that will be refurbished and turned over to the government of Iraq from the United States. The humvees go through numerous tests and checks before the transition to ensure the vehicles are ready for the Iraqi Security Forces. (DCG A&T Public Aairs photo) signifying the completion of the Joint Base Workshop integrator eort. To bolster the eciency of the JBW, Iraqi Army Soldiers completed seven months of technical and mechanical M1114 humvee skills training, which will help the ISF maintain their eet of humvees. Also at Taji, Air Advisors facilitated the grand opening of sheet metals, metals technology and welding shops. e shops will help in the maintenance of helicopters to planes. is accomplishment signicantly advances the Iraqi Army Aviation Commands organic structural-repair capability to enhance overall eet readiness, explained U.S. Air Force Maj. Claudio Covacci, 721st AEAS maintenance ocer. Over the last several years, the IqAAC sheet metal and machine shop technicians have been incrementally growing to maturity, he said. e newly acquired repair facilities provide a state-of-the-art capability that builds trust and condence in Iraqi ying operations. Construction milestones continued when Lessons learned Iraqi Oil Poilice learn riot control techniques from a member of the Italian Caribinieri at a training center in Baghdad. Iraqi Oil Police now have their own training center at the Al Dura Oil Renery. (Courtesy photo) An Iraqi Policeman prepares to throw a simulation ash grenade into a range house as part of a demonstration at the Ministry of Interiors National Police Special Training Academy at Camp Dublin, Baghdad. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Timothy Koster)Our Iraqi partners have embraced the importance of character development. U.S. and Iraqi Airmen opened an armory and conducted a joint-base defense exercise at Ali Base. With help from U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Ross, base transition team member, Iraqi airmen spent three months setting up a secure armory. In order to provide force protection they need weapons and with that, a place to secure their weapons, said Ross. Right now they have a section of base that belongs to them, and its their proving grounds. Its a big step. Iraqi MoIs recruiting directorate tested their online job application process that was originally implemented in March resulting in more than 82,600 submitted applications for more than 18,000 openings. ITAM-MoI continued the eorts to enable ISF by issuing nearly 570 vehicles valued in excess of $95 million to the MoI headquarters and various elements of the Federal Police Sustainment Brigade, General Counter-Explosive Directorate and the Oil Police. e Oil Police also gained their own training center at the Al Dura Oil Renery, where they will be able to train on-site to protect Iraqs most abundant natural resource. e Federal Police assumed control of the Federal Police Sustainment Brigade Facility at Salman Pak, which will be the main logistics hub for the fore. And nally, May 31 was an important day for the MoD Character and Ethics Center as a ceremony, marked the ocial end of mission for the schools American advisors. e ethics center has grown from an idea in 2005 to a self-sustained and selfreliant school that has already trained 2,500 Iraqi soldiers, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Willie emes, Deputy Chief of ITAMMoDs Special Projects Division. e center continues to be a shining example as it grows course oerings and forges strategic alliances with international humanitarian organizations. Our Iraqi partners have embraced the importance of character development in a professional army, said George Litzsey, ITAM-MoD advisor.
June In June, ITAM-Navy / Marines advisors witnessed a successful nal evaluation of Swift patrol boat crew 305 by the Iraqi Navy Training Team in Umm Qasr. e event marked another milestone in the Iraqi Navys eorts to be a self-sustaining force, able to conduct unilateral patrols. Iraqi leadership with the support of ITAM-Log, directed the issue of parts-push packages to the medium and eld workshops to streamline the parts requisition process. e push packages included M1114 humvee parts, International truck parts and weaponscleaning kits. is was a major step in distributing repair parts to the pointsof-use and keeping parts in reserve in national warehouses. MoIs eMinistrya computer-based human resources and payroll system came online as the ministrys payroll system. is system is more ecient K9 Handlers School students and explosive detection dogs train together at the Baghdad Police College. The K9 Handlers course is a two-month class where Iraqi Master K9 Trainers provide training and certify select Iraqi Police as designated explosive-detection dog handlers. (DCG A&T Public Aairs photo) Garry Argent, a maintenance contractor, prepares a T-6 Texan II aircraft for for a trainnig mission between the 52nd Expeditionary Flying Training Squadron and the Iraqi Air Force Squadron 203, at Camp Speicher, Iraq. The Iraqi training squadron has 11 instructor pilots trained and ready to carry the torch. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Sta Sgt. Mike Meares)Still going strong than the previous ledger system and mitigates discrepancies and chances for corruption. ITAM-MoI continued their progress with the Civil Defense Directorate working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and ITAM-Police to teach and eight-day arson investigation course to Iraqi reghter-trainers. ey are doing great during this course, said Mark Bergstresser, an ATF agent and course instructor. ey are picking it up; they are all remen, and they have been remen for years, so they get it. e Iraqi Air Force also had several rsts in June. U.S. Air Force advisors certied the rst King Air ISR Mission System Operator and also certied two Iraqi airmen as maintenance instructors on the King Airs electronic countermeasure systems. e ECM is an extremely important defensive system for the aircraft and its aircrew, explained U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis Calmez, avionics and ECM advisor. e King Air mission is one of the most important airpower missions here, explained U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. John Melloy, commander of the U.S. King Air advisory squadron. e King Air is a critical aircraft the Iraqi Air Force [has used] on a daily basis to protect the population and infrastructure. Now they have the capability to maintain and train the next generation of technicians. e rst Iraqi T-6 First Assignment Instructor Pilot, Lt. Hassan Ali Al Saedi, began teaching Iraqi pilot candidates. e FAIP program allows new pilots to immediately enter training to become instructors without waiting years to gain operational experience. is capability is essential for rapid airpower growth. As one of the Iraqi Air Forces rst T-6 FAIPs, Lt. Hassan is going to rapidly gain experience ying and instructing future pilots--his potential is limitless right now, said U.S. Air Force Maj. Kent Bolster, training ight commander and air advisor. Hopefully, for Lt. Hassan, the future will hold a long and successful career as an ocer and pilot in the Iraqi Air Force providing peace and stability for his country. From xed-wing trainers to operational helicopters, the rst joint-exercise with the Iraqi Army Air Command and Iraqi Special Operation Forces took place at FOB Bennett to bolster inter-service relations. For the Iraqi Police K9 program, discovering a large cache of mortar rounds, rockets and explosively formed projectiles, is just another day at work. e seized cache exemplies Iraqs growing K9 and police capability. e K9 program is nearly two years old and will eventually boast more than 320 working dogs ready to sni out everything from explosives to persons of interest. At MoIs Training and Qualications Institutes Basic Recruit Training course, 174 female Facilities Protection Services ocers graduated, further diversifying Iraqs civil service. In a change of scenery for 15 Iraqi analysts, ITAM-MoDs Director General of Intelligence and Security Advisors facilitated a human-intelligence training course in Romania. e out-of-country course reinforces Iraqs foreign relations and diversies the Iraqi analysts foundational knowledge. e GoI made a formal commitment to the Iraq International Academys future by forming a joint committee to develop stronger academic standards. ISF and the government of Iraq plan to educate military and civilian personnel in public administration, management, logistics, strategic planning and analysis, rule of law and governance at the school. e academy will also provide a centralized location and state-of-the art facilities for conferences and executive seminars for the government of Iraq and its global partners. It is very important to us because we put all of these schools here in one area, said Iraqi Sta Maj. Gen. Jasim Saleem Hussein Al-Hammadi, National Defense University president. e hope is that in the future it will be used for regional security conferences, as well as in-country senior national security professional education training, said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Christian Ortego, Iraq International Academy program manager. ITAM-MoD also helped close the contract on the Iraqi MoD Medical Training Institute providing the MoD Surgeon Generals Oce a state-of-theart training facility for all Iraqi military medical personnel. e DCG A&T Public Aairs Oce hosted an ISF media relations roundtable in an eort to foster a partnership and initiate communication between media relations ocials from dierent elements of the GoI, USF-I and NTM-I, which included members from the Iraqi MoD, Iraqi Ministry of National Security and the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service. U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Cheadle, DCG A&T public aairs ocer said, e goal is to share information between organizations. We all have the same goal of a stronger, united Iraq. Speaking with one voice, we are very powerful.ey are doing great during this course.
July With the U.S. drawdown just ve months away, transition eorts became more apparent in July. Examples of the ongoing transition eort were apparent throughout Iraq. On territorial waters, in English language and forensics labs and in various other Iraqi training facilities, U.S. advisors continued their mission to build ISF capacity and capability in the midst of what some considered the largest logistical move in U.S. military history. e U.S. Navy began transitioning responsibility for Al Basra Oil Terminal security and the remaining 20 percent of Iraqi territorial waters to the Iraqi Navy. is progression marks the culmination of the joint eorts between ITAM-Navy / Marines, Command Task Force-Iraqi Maritime and Navy Central Command. Also on the Iraqi waters, the U.S. Coast Guard began training Iraqi Coastal Iraqi Navy Sailors operate Defenders, small patrol craft, during a joint exercise with the Kuwaiti Coast Guard in the Persian Gulf, July 25. (DCG A&T Public Aairs photo)Border Guard Sailors on small-boat operations and the U.S. Marine Training Team began various types of training with the Iraqi Marines. In an exercise between the Iraqi Navy and Kuwaiti Coast Guard, the two forces united to foster cooperation when dealing with illegal shermen in territorial waters, was successful in strengthen their bonds. is exercise was the rst entirely orchestrated by Iraqi and Kuwaiti forces, while the U.S. Navy served as observers, said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Aaron Ho, U.S. liaison to the Kuwaiti Coast Guard, who watched from aboard an Iraqi patrol boat. Its the culmination of years of eort to encourage the Iraqi Navy and Kuwaiti Coast Guard to improve their operability, said Ho. Its a victory. And while U.S. Sailors continued to help ISF throughout Iraq, a group from the U.S. Naval PostGraduate Schools Mobile Education Team graduated 42 participants from the Iraqi MoI, Kurdish MoI and the Ministry of Peshmerga from the Iraq Defense Resources Management Senior Leader Training in Erbil. e graduation completes the strategic planning series that ITAM-MoI developed and implemented over 15 months. In other education eorts, the transition of courses into Iraqi control continued in July as the nal 28 teachercandidates completed their U.S. Defense Language Institute English-Teaching Certications at Camp Tajis Air Force Training School. eir train-the-trainer certications cemented a self-sustaining English training faculty and marked the ocial turnover to the Iraqis. U.S. Advisors also turned over control of the Iraqi Air Force College at COB Speicher. In addition to formal English instruction, some U.S. air advisors volunteered their time to teach Iraqi airmen the international language of aviation. What we are doing in the classroom is volunteering our time to help them learn (conversational) English and technical English because it helps us in our mission, said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Je Dent, advisor and maintenance superintendent at Camp Taji. More important than that, we are U.S. ambassadors. e most important thing that we do over here, besides the obvious training and assisting, is we are representing our country. e relationships we build with the Iraqis are far reaching. In its continuing eorts to modernize information technology systems, Iraqi MoD set up and implemented the rst electronic voting system for ocer promotions mitigating lost ballots and corruption in the process. e National Ports of Entry Transition Team completed the Smiths Detection Systems Project, which included installing 69 systems at 20 dierent land, sea and air ports-of-entry and oil reneries. e detection systems assist Iraqi security personnel in keeping the countrys portsof-entry safe. In late July, ITAM-MoD and Iraqi Joint Headquarters facilitated delivery of six Zodiac boats from USF-I to the 10th The transitions begin An Iraqi Judicial Investigator observes latent prints on a water bottle through laser excitation during a training session at Camp Victory. U.S. advisors distributed 1,470 Crime Scene Investigation kits to the Iraqi Criminal Evidence Directorate. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Charlene Mendiola) An Iraqi Army Aviation Command, Squadron 21 ground crew member salutes a Bell-407 helicopter taking o at Taji Air Base, Iraq, July 12, 2011. Assigned at Taji Air Base, the 721st Air Expeditionary Advisory Squadron trains, advises and assists Iraqi pilots and maintenance personnel, focusing on sustainability, reliability and interoperability. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Sta Sgt. Mike Meares)Its the culmination of years of eort... Its a victory. Iraqi Army Division for patrolling marshland in the Maysan Province. e deliveries didnt stop there. ITAM-Police completed distribution of $4.5 million worth of training aids to Training Qualications Institute centers throughout Iraq providing police trainers the capability to sustain their instruction eorts. ITAM-Police advisors also distributed 1,470 Crime Scene Investigation Kits to the Iraqi Criminal Evidence Directorate, which will enable properly trained crews to gather evidence in support of evidence-based prosecutions. ere is no doubt in my mind that the Iraqis have it in their capabilities to be successful, said U.S. Army Maj. Chris Heberer, Iraq forensics director and ocer-in-charge of the Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility 3. ITAM-Air Advisors facilitated a jointcombined communications exercise with several Iraqi units at Camp Taji. In another rst, Iraqi Airmen began the Iraqi Air Force Weather Support Technicians Course.
AugustWith the U.S. reposture eorts in full swing, U.S. and Iraqi ocials took large strides toward an enduring strategic partnership between the two nations. U.S. and Iraqi ocials nalized the F-16 multirole ghter jet letter of agreement content review. e purchase by Iraq will help create a long-term relationship between Iraq and the United States. e Iraqi Navys progress continued in Umm Qasr. e successful dry-docking of Swift Patrol Boat 301 marked a step forward in the IqNs self-sustainability. is event was very signicant for Iraqi naval self-sustainment, said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Quintin QB Bell, commanding ocer of the ITAM N/M at Umm Qasr. It demonstrates that the Iraqis can dock their own Swift Patrol boat without having to rely on a foreign shipyard. eyll save time and money by doing it themselves, and they will also be able to conduct the follow-on maintenance at their newly constructed and equipped ship repair facility. Ships need to be on patrol in order to provide security, said Bell. Speedy repairs mean more ships are available to patrol. e Swift boat docking capability puts a ship back to sea quicker because the docking and repairs are done at the Iraqi navy base. It dramatically decreases the amount of time that a boat is unavailable to the Iraqi navy for patrols. e Swift patrol boat eet grew by two when vessels 304 and 306 at Umm Qasr. e delivery of the U.S. built Swift Patrol Boats 304 and 306 increases the Iraqi U.S. and Iraqi Air Force pilots y in formation during one of the last training ights for the 52nd Expeditionary Flight Training Squadron and Squadron 203 over Iraq. Advisors from the 52nd EFTS turned over ight training operations to the Iraqi Air Force Squadron 203. The training program takes 18-month to qualify and certify an instructor pilot. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Tyler Placie)Toward a strategic partnershipnavys capability to eectively patrol and defend their territorial waters and critical oil infrastructure, said U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Kelvin Dixon, director of ITAMN/M. e Iraqis have really done an outstanding job with the limited assets they had, said Bell, e addition of these two very-capable patrol boats will greatly enhance their ability to carry out their assigned missions. Iraqi Navy commander, Rear Adm. Ali, said that the delivery was an important day for the Iraqi Navy. Not long after the vessels arrival, the Iraqi Navy certied 306s crew and ship ready for operational duty. From Iraqs maritime border to the countrys borderlands, the ITAMMoI logistics transition team gave the Department of Border Enforcement nearly 3,300 pairs of binoculars to strengthen their security eorts. And, in order for the Maj. Mark Gray, 321st Air Expeditionary Advisory Group director of maintenance, meets with other advisers to help teach the English language two hours a day, four days a week, to the Iraqi maintainers at Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. (Courtesy photo)Civil Customs and Oil Police to screen cargo, ITAM-Police shipped the rst eight of 10 Rapiscan GaRD trucks to their various ports-of-entry. While protecting waterways and borders is crucial to security, so too is maintaining air sovereignty. ITAMAir continued to help the IqAF build capability and capacity to secure their skies. ree IqAF T-6 pilots from Squadron 203 at COB Speicher passed their instructor pilot check rides, completing their 17-month pilot and instructor pilot upgrades with ITAMAir instructor pilots. Squadron 203s commander, Lt. Col. Hamid Godfather Hussein, became the rst IqAF T-6 ight evaluator and gave his rst check ride to the seventh T-6 IP. Not long after their upgrades, these Iraqi instructor pilots jumped into instruction with the start of rst class of Iraqi student pilots without previous ight experience. ITAM-Airs accomplishments werent We are trying to build up their capabilities... limited to the T-6s at COB Speicher as U.S. forces transferred control of the IqAFs Hellre missile inventory and munitions storage to the GoI. U.S. forces also transferred 44,000 square miles of airspace to the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority and Air Trac Control service began at the Baghdad Area Control Center. is transition aids in the airspace normalization process for the Government of Iraq. I am very optimistic about our Iraqi partners ability to move forward and closer to independence by providing a safe, expeditious ow of air trac operations throughout the country, said Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Stovall, 321st EOSS chief controller who helped facilitate the transfer. From the seas, borders and skies to the classroom, ITAM-MoD launched the Iraqi Armed Forces Logistics Professional Military Education program. And the MoD Medical Training Institute agreed to a information technology contract to provide the school with a computer network, lab, multi-media centers, VTC conference room, and campus-wide security system. And from the classroom to the workshop, the Iraqi Army inducted the rst humvees on the repair line at the Joint Base Workshop in Taji. JBW crews can refurbish six humvees a month. is is a major accomplishment considering that two months ago the IA had no plan of how to request for assets to support the depot for continuous production sustainment, said Donald Evans, a JBW wheel maintenance advisor. At the Wheel Depot, we dont just x-up the humvees, we overhaul them inside and out, said Col. Jasim, the Joint Base Workshop Wheel Depot commander. We started this two years ago and now we are a team; we work together to make everything go smoothly.
October September U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. assumed command of the NATO Training Mission Iraq from U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter in a change of command ceremony at Forward Operating Base Union III, Oct. 1. e ceremony also marked a transfer of authority for the Deputy Commanding General Advising and Training and the ocial activation of the Oce of Security Cooperation-Iraq. e OSC-I will continue the security assistance and cooperation responsibilities with Iraq to assist the Government of Iraq with advising, training, assisting and equipping their security forces. We welcome a signicant milestone in our Iraq campaign by activating the OSC-I, said U.S. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, United States Forces Iraq and reviewing ocer of the ceremony. As we continue to honor the security agreement by drawing down our security forces, OSC-I will become the core of our enduring military-to-military relationship with Iraq over the years to come, he added. Todays establishment of the Oce of Security Cooperation Iraq and the transfer of the NATO Training Mission marks a signicant transition and the progress of our mission in Iraq as well as the commitment of the United States and the NATO partner countries for a strategic and enduring relationship with the government of Iraq and its people, said Caslen. During the symbolic and time-honored tradition of the passing of colors to represent the transfer of responsibility of the mission, Ferriter handed the NTM-I colors to Austin, passing over his command of NTM-I and his duty as the DCG (A&T). Austin presented the colors to Caslen, the new NTM-I commander. Caslen then returned the NTM-I colors to acting NTM-I Senior Enlisted Advisor, Sgt. Maj. Emanuele Salvagnin, to return to the color bearer, completing the symbolic change of command. After the passing of the NTM-I colors, Austin spoke highly of Caslen and addressed the challenges ahead. Lieutenant General Caslens proven talents as a leader, trainer and educator make him extremely well suited for this important assignment, said Austin. e task ahead will be challenging but I know that you are more than capable, said Austin to Caslen. I cannot think of a better person to lead this organization into the next phase of our General Lloyd J. Austin III, commander, United States Forces Iraq, hand the NATO Training Mission-Iraq colors to Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, USF-I deputy commanding general Advising and Training, during a change of command ceremony for USF-I DCG (A&T) on FOB Union III, Baghdad, Oct. 1. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Viry) Iraqi navy sailors speed out to sea during Iraqi Navy Day in Umm Qasr, Sept. 14. The Iraqi navy celebrated its 74th anniversary during the Navy Day ceremony in Umm Qasr, Iraq, Sept. 14, in which they showcased their accomplishments and capabilities. (Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Vine)September marked signicant changes as U.S. Forces continued transition and reposturing eorts. e month saw the completion of many U.S. projects as well as more program handovers. Notably, the government of Iraq nalized the contract to purchase 18 F-16 multi-role ghter aircraft. While the F-16 purchase is a high-prole Foreign Military Sales eort, hundreds of other FMS cases have helped the ISF gain and keep their forward momentum. One such example is the Iraqi Air Forces T-6 trainer program, a central piece of future Iraqi airpower, including the F-16. ey are the foundation of the Iraqi Air Force pilot training, said Lt. Col. Andy Hamann, 52nd EFTS commander. U.S. instructor pilots stepped back from their advisory role in September. e standard weve held here as we trained the Iraqis is the same standard we use in our Air Force pilot training as well as the instructor pilot training, Hamann said. Im condent they are able to take this mission. Another key FMS case, and linchpin to the Iraqi Armys success, is the M1A1 Abrams tank. September saw the deprocessing of the nal shipment of M1A1 Abrams tanks at Besmaya Combat Training Center. e delivery included the last ve of the 140 tanks ordered by the Iraqi government. e tanks are the latest digital tanks coming out of the United States, said John Hutchings, ITAM-Army desk ocer. ey are the most modern M1A1s in the Middle East. We are training the Iraqi Army so they can train, maintain and sustain all the tanks they have received, said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Mark Bliese, senior training advisor for BCTC. e M1A1 tanks provide the Iraqi army with the capability of defending its borders to protect the sovereignty of Iraq. A central part of M1A1 gunnery training is live-re practice, and U.S. advisors found an ingenious solution to a lack of targets abandoned tank hulls. U.S. advisors transported 21 tanks and 29 armored-personnel carriers from Camp Taji to BCTC and placed them at strategic spots throughout the range. We tried to nd the largest number of vehicles with the proper silhouette and an emphasis on tanks and armored vehicles that the Iraqis forces would most likely encounter in combat, said 1st Lt. Justin Schultz, a senior engineer advisor with ITAM-Army. e newly placed tank hulks resemble the real shape of a tank or armored vehicle from a distance, said Luis Perez, ITAM-Army range control advisor. is improves the training for the Iraqi army because they can identify a real target and not just a large piece of metal. Septembers accomplishments werent limited to BCTC. In Baghdad, 33 students graduated from the three-month Baghdad River Police Training Centers Dive, Search and Recovery Course. With the courses high standards and even higher physical demands, the BRPTC graduated 94 percent of its original class size. ats pretty good, said McGinty. is course is very challenging and some of these guys couldnt swim when they rst got here. is was the ninth and largest class that graduated from the Dive, Search and Recovery Course and the last that had American civilians acting in the advisory role. Our job is to mentor the Iraqis, said George McGinty, a civilian advisor for the BRPTC. eyre doing it all on their own now. On the water in Umm Qasr, the Iraqi navy celebrated its 74th anniversary during the Navy Day ceremony Sept. 14 where they showcased their accomplishments and capabilities. Only a few years ago, the Iraqi navy did not have any ships, said Rear Adm. Edward G. Winters, executive director of DCG A&T. ey embarked on a rapid eet modernization program and today have over 60 vessels and more than 4,000 Sailors and Marines. Also in Umm Qasr, U.S. Marines from Iraqi Marine Corps Training Team 03 led training courses for Iraqi Marines on combatives, rst aid and vehicle check points. As U.S. Forces prepare to depart, the training conducted by IqMTT-03 improves the Iraqi Marines abilities. e training helps them continue to develop the Iraqi Marines through train-the-trainer programs that establishes their training priorities and mission standards. e Iraqi Marines showed a lot of interest in the training, said U.S. Marine Sgt. Skyler Feller, an IqMTT-03 trainer.New Dawns twilightmilitary leadership with Iraq. Caslen, takes command with multiple responsibilities as the commander of the NTM-I, USF-I deputy commanding general (advising and training) and the chief of OSC-I, to continue the training and advising mission as USF-Iwithdraws from Iraq by the end of this year in accordance with the security framework agreement signed in 2008 between the U.S. and Iraq governments. I am honored to serve as commander of the NATO Mission as we orchestrate training and professional military education for Iraqs leaders and its security forces, said Caslen. As the ceremony drew to a close, Caslen highlighted the role of NTM-I and OSC-I and their importance to the development of Iraq and the Middle East. Iraqs partnership with NATO is signicant, this relationship not only provides Iraq with superb trainers and educators, but it also provides legitimacy among the 28 NATO nations in a unique status within the Middle East region as a partner in the international community of nations, said Caslen. It is clear that a stable, secure and self-ran Iraq is not only important for Iraq, but for the entire region, he said. I recognize the importance of both NTM-I and OSC-I to assist Iraq in developing the necessary defense capabilities to secure this great nation. To the people and leaders of Iraq, I am honored to serve alongside each of you in this incredibly important mission not only for the sake of Iraq but also for this region, said Caslen. We must succeed and we will succeed.Oce of Security Cooperation Iraq
Nato Training Mission Iraq The NATO Training mission Iraq (NTM-I) was established in 2004, at the request of the Iraqi Interim Government, and under the provisions of UN Security Council resolution 1546. Since then, and for the last seven years, this tacticalsized mission (of approximately 160 military personnel) has assisted Iraq in the process of creating eective, self-sustaining and multiethnic Security Forces. To achieve this, NTM-I has conducted the training of Iraqi Armed Forces and Police personnel, provided advice and mentoring in the development of Iraqs training institutions and has assisted with equipping the ISF. During the years of cooperation, Iraq and NATO have established close relations and have created a solid foundation for an eective future partnership. For seven years, members of the NTM-I team, drawn from many NATO Nations (presently 14 including a Partner nation) often operating in a complex threat environment and have worked side by side with their USF-I colleagues to overcome numerous diculties to achieve signicant strategic outcomes. Foremost among NTM-Is successes is the transformation of the Iraqi Federal Police (IFP) into a professional force capable of providing internal security in Iraq. Since 2007 approximately 9,500 Iraqi Police ocers have received qualied police training from the Italian Carabinieri. I found that this course taught me appropriate leadership, said Capt. Abd Al Masheed Rasheed Tajal, who works in Mosul. e Carabinieri are very good trainers. In October 2010, NTM-I began training the Iraqi Oil Police in order to develop a cadre of professionals capable of protecting Iraqs critical oil infrastructure. Since then, the Carabinieri have conducted ve Oil Police basic courses, with nearly one thousand graduates. Today, Iraqi policemen who have been certied as instructors carry An Italian Carabinieri police trainer assists an Iraqi Policeman with his hand placement on a pistol during a live-re training exercise at Camp Dublin, Baghdad. (NTM-I Public Aairs photo) Iraqi Federal Police climb a cargo net during a run at an obstacle course at Rustamiya, Iraq. The members of Nato Training Mission Iraq have conducted the training of Iraqi Armed Forces and Police personnel since 2004. (NTM-I Public Aairs Photo) NTM-I Advisor Maj. Alex Kirik helps Iraqi security forces plot a course of actiion for war games at the Noncommisioned ocer school NCO school at Camp Taji. (NTM-I Public Aairs photo) out the vast majority of students instruction, an important step towards self-sustainability. NTM-I has also assisted in thoroughly modernizing Iraqi Army ocer training and education at all levels, through on-site mentoring and Out-of-Iraq training. Since 2004 more than 2,300 Iraqi students have participated in a wide variety of OOI courses, conducted in such respected European military educational institutions as the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany, the NATO Defence College in Rome, Italy and the Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism and the Partnership for Peace Training Centre in Ankara, Turkey. (Story by Capt. Oleksiy Mazurin, NTM-I PAO)e Carabinieri are very good teachers.