• BAGHDAD - Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an infantryman from North Wilkesboro, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, shows how to do basic humvee maintenance to Capt. Moaed Qasin Mohammed (center), a company commander and Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir, his driver, both assigned to 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, in Doura, here, June 12. "Hopefully these tips will keep the vehicles on the road for quite a long time," Mahaffey added.

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an infantryman from North Wilkesboro, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, shows how to do basic humvee maintenance to Capt. Moaed Qasin Mohammed (center), a...

  • BAGHDAD - "I have more knowledge with the vehicle and I feel comfortable now," said Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (left), the commander's driver, assigned to 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, as he points out a humvee's battery to Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (right), an infantryman and native of North Wilkesboro, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Bn., 30th Heavy Bde. Combat Team, during a preventive maintenance, checks and services class at an NP company headquarters in Doura, here, June 12.

    BAGHDAD - "I have more knowledge with the...

    BAGHDAD - "I have more knowledge with the vehicle and I feel comfortable now," said Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (left), the commander's driver, assigned to 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, as he points out a humvee's...

  • BAGHDAD - Capt. Moaed Qasin Mohammed (left), a company commander and his driver, Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (center), both assigned to 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, take a look under the hood of a humvee as Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (right), an infantryman assigned to Co. A, 252nd Combined Arms Bn., 30th Heavy Bde. Combat Team, supervises a vehicle maintenance class at an NP company headquarters in Doura, here, June 12. "I think they retain quite a bit," added Mahaffey from North Wilkesboro, N.C. "They've had the vehicles for a little while, so they knew a bit about them already."

    BAGHDAD - Capt. Moaed Qasin Mohammed (left), a...

    BAGHDAD - Capt. Moaed Qasin Mohammed (left), a company commander and his driver, Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (center), both assigned to 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, take a look under the hood of a humvee as Sgt...

  • BAGHDAD - "Everything I showed them, I wanted them to also do instead of just talking to them about it," said North Wilkesboro, N.C., native, Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, as he points out a vent to Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (right), a driver assigned to 1st Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Bde., 2nd National Police Division, during a humvee maintenance class in Doura, here, June 12. "You can't learn if you've never been in a vehicle," Mahaffey added.

    BAGHDAD - "Everything I showed them, I wanted...

    BAGHDAD - "Everything I showed them, I wanted them to also do instead of just talking to them about it," said North Wilkesboro, N.C., native, Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an infantryman assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy...

  • BAGHDAD - Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an infantryman from North Wilkesboro, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, gives maintenance tips to Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (right), assigned to 1st Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Bde., 2nd National Police Division, during a preventive maintenance, checks and services class at an NP company headquarters here in Doura, June 12. "When we do things," said Saefe. "We like to do them with Americans because it shows the community that we are strong together."

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an...

    BAGHDAD - Sgt. Adam Mahaffey (left), an infantryman from North Wilkesboro, N.C., assigned to Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, gives maintenance tips to Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir (right), assigned to 1st Co., 3rd...

BAGHDAD - Some things are not learned just by reading a book, especially if that book is in another language. The Iraqis of 1st Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division know exactly what that's like.

Soldiers from Company A, 252nd Combined Arms Battalion, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team taught their Iraqi counterparts how to properly perform a preventive maintenance, checks and services (PMCS) inspection on their humvees June 12 in Doura here.

"Most of the stuff on the humvees is written in English," said Sgt. Adam Mahaffey, the PMCS instructor for the day, assigned to Co. A, 252nd CAB, 30th HBCT. "And they don't have the [training manuals], so they have a lot of questions."

According to Mahaffey, this is the first class they have given their NP partners and the Iraqis were enthusiastic and grateful for the tips from the Americans.

"The tips I got about how to use the cables to start my humvee when the battery goes out were great," added Sgt. Saefe Fadhel Nassir, the commander's driver assigned to 1st Co., 3rd Bn., 7th Bde., 2nd NP Div. "Also, I didn't know it was important to clean the fans out in the back of the humvee, so now I'll do that more often."

Before, whenever a problem arose, the NPs brought their humvees to their higher headquarters, explained Saefe. Now, with the hands-on training that the Americans helped the inquisitive NPs perform, they might be able to prevent vehicle breakdowns, he added.

"Everything I showed them, I wanted them to also do instead of just talking to them about it," said Mahaffey, a broad-shouldered infantryman from North Wilkesboro, N.C. "You can't learn if you've never been in a vehicle. The only way to do that is to get your butt in a seat."

The NPs are using their vehicles on a daily basis and the proactive North Carolina National Guard Soldiers asked them if they had a maintenance schedule. The NPs said they really didn't have one, explained 2nd Lt. Charles Kratochvil, an infantry platoon leader also assigned to Co. A, 252nd CAB, 30th HBCT.

"So this is something we'll do periodically to check and see if they're doing maintenance and make sure their vehicles are serviceable," continued Kratochvil, who is from Paterson, N.J. "It shows that we do care for them and it's one of many different things we do to help them out."

"The more we interact with them and help them out, the more willing they are going to be to help us out," said Mahaffey. "We want to build a relationship with the Iraqis and show them how to maintain their vehicles so they can continue patrolling with us and hopefully take over."

At the end of the class, the NPs and the U.S. Soldiers shook hands and patted each other on the shoulders and communicated things that didn't need to be translated.

"When we do things," said Saefe. "We like to do them with Americans because it shows the community that we are strong together."

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