• TAJI, Iraq - Several Personnel Security Detachment Soldier's with the Iraqi Army stood guard during the General Transportation Regiment's graduation ceremony held here Oct 23.

    On guard for the regiment

    TAJI, Iraq - Several Personnel Security Detachment Soldier's with the Iraqi Army stood guard during the General Transportation Regiment's graduation ceremony held here Oct 23.

  • TAJI, Iraq - An Iraqi Army Officer renders honor at the beginning of the General Transportation Regiments graduation ceremony held here Oct 23.  A total of 600 Iraqi Army Soldiers graduated the training course held by the GTR.  The 68th Transportation Company, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers have been training the GTR Soldiers over the past several months to conduct logistics operations across Iraq.

    Honoring the regiment

    TAJI, Iraq - An Iraqi Army Officer renders honor at the beginning of the General Transportation Regiments graduation ceremony held here Oct 23. A total of 600 Iraqi Army Soldiers graduated the training course held by the GTR. The 68th Transportation...

  • TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Maj. Gen. Kassim, the Director of Transportation and Provision for the Ministry of Defense, prepares to personally inspect Iraqi Army Officers at the start of the graduation ceremony held at the General Transportation Regiment's parade field Oct 23.  Kassim was the senior VIP in attendance.  The 68th Transportation Company, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers have been training the GTR Soldiers over the past several months to conduct logistics operations.

    Inspecting the troops

    TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Maj. Gen. Kassim, the Director of Transportation and Provision for the Ministry of Defense, prepares to personally inspect Iraqi Army Officers at the start of the graduation ceremony held at the General Transportation Regiment's...

  • TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Army Soldiers march off the parade field shortly after the General Transportation Regiment's ceremony concluded Oct 23.  Over 600 Iraqi Army Soldiers participated in the day's event.  The 68th Transportation Company, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers have been training the GTR Soldiers over the past several months to conduct logistics operations.

    Transporters on parade

    TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Army Soldiers march off the parade field shortly after the General Transportation Regiment's ceremony concluded Oct 23. Over 600 Iraqi Army Soldiers participated in the day's event. The 68th Transportation Company, 1st Squadron...

  • TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Army Soldiers adjust the volume on their loud speakers prior to the General Transportation Regiment's graduation ceremony held Oct. 23.  Several dignitaries watched as approximately 600 Iraqi Army Soldiers marched onto the parade field.  The 68th Transportation Company, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers has been training the GTR Soldiers over the past several months to conduct logistics operations.

    Transporters getting ready

    TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi Army Soldiers adjust the volume on their loud speakers prior to the General Transportation Regiment's graduation ceremony held Oct. 23. Several dignitaries watched as approximately 600 Iraqi Army Soldiers marched onto the parade...

  • TAJI, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers with the General Transportation Regiment demonstrate their impressive skills as they load a T-72 tanks onto a tractor trailer during the graduation ceremony held here Oct 23. Several VIP’s were in attendance, including Iraqi Maj. Gen. Kassim, the Director of Transportation and Provision for the Ministry of Defense.  The 68th Transportation Company, 1st Squadron, 152nd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Sustainment Brigade Soldiers have been training the GTR Soldiers over the past several months to conduct logistics operations.

    Securing Iraqi tanks for transport

    TAJI, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers with the General Transportation Regiment demonstrate their impressive skills as they load a T-72 tanks onto a tractor trailer during the graduation ceremony held here Oct 23. Several VIP’s were in attendance...

TAJI, Iraq - As Iraqi Army and Coalition partners looked on, roughly 600 Iraqi Army Sustainers of the General Transportation Regiment graduated from training in a ceremony here Oct. 23.

The GTR graduation was another step in a growing partnership between the regiment's Soldiers and leaders and their mentors from the 1st Sustainment Brigade's 68th Transportation Company. The Mannheim-based 68th Trans. Co. has spent the past two months training and mentoring the new unit.

"The purpose of GTR will be to push critical supplies from the ports of embarkation such as the seaport, airport and neighboring countries and push them to the Taji National Depot on Camp Taji," said Capt. Donna Johnson, a Columbus, Ohio, native, and the commander of the 68th Trans. Co., who now serves as the Logistics Training Assessment Team officer in charge for the GTR. "From there they transport equipment to the 12 location commands all over Iraq, which means the GTR has a huge role in getting the supplies distributed throughout the Iraqi theater of operations."

With a number of dignitaries in attendance, the unit conducted a parade, demonstrated its skills and was inspected by Iraqi Maj. Gen. Kassim, the Director of Transportation and Provision for the Ministry of Defense.

After graduation, the GTR will assume an important mission leading towards Iraqi Army self-sustainment. On the ground since September 1, the GTR is the first unit of its kind to provide the assets and manpower needed to distribute all classes of supplies to location commands positioned throughout Iraq.

"We will transport supplies, vehicle parts from the border of Jordan, Syria and Kuwait or any border to the Depot here on Taji for distribution to Iraqi Army location commands," said Col. Muhammad, the commander of the GTR. "The mission is to improve the movement of supplies, parts and troops needed to help sustain the Soldiers of the Iraqi Army."

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