Kurdish Soldiers graduate US Army combat lifesaver course
February 1, 2009
HABUR GATE, Iraq -Iraqi-Kurdish Soldiers received certificates of completion after they became the first class to graduate from the U.S. Army combat lifesaver course on Jan. 27.
The Pesh Murga Soldiers learned how to sling an arm injury, apply tourniquets, and new techniques such as needle chest decompression for serious injuries. The Kurdish language did not have the words for many of the techniques, which the instructors overcame by describing the procedures and demonstrating them to the students.
Sustainers at Habur Gate trained the group of 10 Pesh Murga Soldiers and afforded the Kurdish Soldiers and American Soldiers the opportunity to form new friendships. The Pesh Murgas are from the Kurdish region of Iraq. Pesh Murga translated to English, means "those who face death." This small group came to Habur Gate to learn first-aid from Staff Sgt. Daniel DeLuna, Habur Gate Aid Station non-commissioned officer in charge, Logistics Task Force - Alpha, 16th Sustainment Brigade.
The aid station is only one of the many different sections that make up LTF - Alpha, which provides support to convoys that are passing through the Turkish-Iraqi border.
"I appreciate everything that you have done for my Pesh Murgas," said Iraqi Army General Bakir.
"I view you all as my brothers and I hope that we will be able to continue to learn from you in the future."
After graduating, the students will return to their units and teach their brothers in arms what they had learned from their course at Habur Gate, Bakir said.
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