• Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio, assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, advises a National Police lieutenant on tactical procedures during a training event, June 24, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, located outside of eastern Baghdad.

    Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio, assigned to 5th...

    Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio, assigned to 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, advises a National Police lieutenant on tactical procedures during a training event, June 24, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, located outside of eastern...

  • Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio, instructs a National Police officer assigned to the 3rd NP Brigade, 1st NP Division to keep his sights on a door during a training event, June 24, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, located outside of eastern Baghdad.

    Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio, instructs a National...

    Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio, instructs a National Police officer assigned to the 3rd NP Brigade, 1st NP Division to keep his sights on a door during a training event, June 24, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, located outside of eastern Baghdad.

  • Pvt. Nicholas Culpepper, of Raleigh, N.C., advises a National Police officer assigned to the 3rd NP Brigade, 1st NP Division to point his weapon toward a certain direction in order to provide security for his fellow officers who are entering and clearing a home during a training event, June 24, at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, located outside of eastern Baghdad. Culpepper and Paratroopers assigned to Troop K, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry, 82nd Airborne Division, are training and mentoring their Iraqi partners as part of a two-week course in the unit's newly developed training academy.

    Pvt. Nicholas Culpepper, of Raleigh, N.C...

    Pvt. Nicholas Culpepper, of Raleigh, N.C., advises a National Police officer assigned to the 3rd NP Brigade, 1st NP Division to point his weapon toward a certain direction in order to provide security for his fellow officers who are entering and...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq -- To ensure Iraqi Security Forces are ready to handle their country's security; U.S. Soldiers are taking their Iraqi partners to school in the sprawling deserts outside eastern Baghdad.

Dubbed the "Panther Recon Training Academy," Paratroopers of Troop K, 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division - Baghdad, are advising and mentoring their ISF partners in order for them to hone their combat abilities and responsibilities.

The two-week academy trains both National Police officers and Iraqi Army Soldiers on the fundamentals of combat. Whether it be learning how to move in a combat formation or planning, developing and executing a combat operation, ISF personnel are receiving first-hand instruction from their U.S. counterparts.

While some ISF personnel in the academy have been already performing their duties throughout the country, the academy aims to fine-tune those skills.

"They know and understand the big picture in many of the things we are teaching them. They have done them before and it shows," said Sgt. 1st Class William Lillie, of Winshtir, Mass., who is senior enlisted leader for Troop K. "However, it is those little details, such as what do in case the officer or senior leader goes down [that] we are trying to instill in them. We want to empower the next leader in charge to carry on and make decisions."

"The great thing is that they want to learn and have a great attitude," he added.

During the program, ISF personnel are taught in subjects such as leadership responsibilities, first aid training, individual movement techniques, team movement drills and reacting to enemy forces.

For many of the ISF personnel, training and getting a chance to be taught by Troop K Paratroopers is an experience they will remember.

"They have been teaching us new and useful information that I know will help all of us in the future," said a NP assigned to the 3rd NP Bde., 1st NP Div. "This is an experience I will never forget and I will always cherish."

A graduation ceremony is scheduled for this weekend. But Troop K Paratroopers will not have much time to relax because a new cycle of training and a new group of students are scheduled to come in soon after.

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