• Sgt. Glen Rivera, a non-commissioned officer with Headquarters Pltn., Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 84th Engineer Bn., 18th Engineer Bde., 25th Inf. Div. demonstrates how to perform a pre-command check as part of the 2nd Iraqi Army Div. Eng. Regt. Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. This is the second course of its kind at Al Kindi in east Mosul, the site of the division's headquarters. Rivera and other NCOs with Headquarters Pltn. were instructors for the four-day curriculum which was completed May 16.

    Sgt. Glen Rivera, a non-commissioned officer...

    Sgt. Glen Rivera, a non-commissioned officer with Headquarters Pltn., Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 84th Engineer Bn., 18th Engineer Bde., 25th Inf. Div. demonstrates how to perform a pre-command check as part of the 2nd Iraqi Army Div. Eng. Regt...

  • Soldiers, or Jundi, with the Engineer Regt., 2nd Iraqi Army Div. completed the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy May 16 at Al Kindi, the site of the division's headquarters. The course was instructed by NCOs with Headquarters Pltn., Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 84th Engineer Bn., 18th Engineer Bde., 25th Inf. Div. Here, the students learn about troop leading and procedures.

    Soldiers, or Jundi, with the Engineer Regt...

    Soldiers, or Jundi, with the Engineer Regt., 2nd Iraqi Army Div. completed the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy May 16 at Al Kindi, the site of the division's headquarters. The course was instructed by NCOs with Headquarters Pltn., Headquarters and...

  • Warrant Officer Mohamed Obied, with the Engineer Regt., 2nd Iraqi Army Div., leads his classmates in a recitation of the Iraqi Army Non-Commissioned Officer's Creed during the division's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy graduation. Mohamed was awarded the title of Class Leader for his natural leadership qualities throughout the course. He and another Soldier, or Jundi, graduated with honors.

    Warrant Officer Mohamed Obied, with the...

    Warrant Officer Mohamed Obied, with the Engineer Regt., 2nd Iraqi Army Div., leads his classmates in a recitation of the Iraqi Army Non-Commissioned Officer's Creed during the division's Non-Commissioned Officer Academy graduation. Mohamed was awarded...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, MOSUL, Iraq - In a small classroom, an Iraqi Army Soldier, or Jundi, stands before his class, explaining the breakdown of information needed for a platoon to meet their objective.

While the platoon leader provides all of the information needed for the task, he said, the platoon is broken into squads by specialty, which only need to know the information that pertains to them.

It's the squad leader's responsibility to know what information to absorb and what to disregard, he concluded.

After the Jundi returned to his seat, the teacher dismissed the class for a break.

Relieved to be exempt from presenting their own assignments, the remaining students bustled outside for the last break of the last day of class.

The Engineer Regiment, 2nd Iraqi Army Div. completed its second Non-Commissioned Officer Academy course last week at Al Kindi, the site of the division's headquarters in Mosul. Headquarters Pltn., Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 84th Engineer Bn., 18th Engineer Bde., 25th Infantry Div. provided instructors and security for the duration of the course.

NCOs of Headquarters Pltn. took turns teaching the class, which focused on many aspects of leadership including counseling, pre-combat checks and inspections and troop leading procedures.

While the topics of discussion and assignments given weren't new material, the Jundi that attended the class had never been exposed to training of this kind.

"They were telling us that the Iraqi Army had officers before they had non-commissioned officers. It's really good that (these NCOs) get some of that responsibility for themselves," said Staff Sgt. Patrick Smith, an NCO with Headquarters Pltn.

These Jundi were chosen for their natural leadership abilities, traits that were put to the test daily when asked to volunteer or lead the class in an assignment. Finally, one student was chosen whose skills as a leader stood out among the rest.

"In every class, you have two or three students that show that they are above and beyond and are constantly being proactive throughout the class, and we appreciate that," said Staff Sgt. Armand Curet, the platoon's NCO in charge.

Warrant Officer Mohamed Obied was awarded the position of Class Leader and graduated with honors.

"I want to thank everyone who put so much effort into this class because I learned a lot of things from our teachers. They encouraged me and didn't let us make mistakes," said Obied. "Now, I'm ready to teach other people."

This class is a gateway for improving the tactics and procedures used in the Iraqi Army by providing its NCOs with the knowledge needed to continue the training after the 84th Eng. Bn. leaves.

"I feel that they'll be able to pass this skill set through different generations," Curet said. "When new Soldiers transfer in, regardless of where they're coming from, they'll still be able to apply what they learned here and develop future leaders."

The 84th Eng. Bn. passed its knowledge of the NCO world on to its 2nd IA Div. brothers in arms. As their trucks pulled away, plans developed for the next class to be in west Mosul, with the 3rd IA Div.

At last, the imprint left by Coalition Forces on the Iraqi Security Forces is one of ambition, initiative and will be passed on without a CF presence.

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