Medical Logisticians Train Iraqi Soldiers
April 24, 2007
ANACONDA - Soldiers with the 32nd Multi-Functional Medical Battalion trained troops from the Taji National Depot and the Iraqi 6th Infantry Division April 15 to 20 as part of the Iraq and American Medical Logistics Partnership program.
The week-long visit by five Iraqi Soldiers part of a partnership program designed to enhance the capacity of Iraq's Ministry of Defense (MOD) medical supply support system.
The training began with a visit by the Iraqi Army Surgeon General.
Brig. Gen. Samir received a briefing by the 32nd MMB commander, Lt. Col. William Stubbs, and the 32nd MMB staff, which included an in-depth discussion about the medical logistics organizations in theater, integration into the combat service support distribution system and the cooperation of strategic, operational and tactical logistics organizations to achieve common goals.
At the conclusion of the briefing, the general and the five Iraqi Soldiers took a tour of the MEDLOG warehouse and received an overview of each section's operations. The five Iraqi Soldiers spent the next four days working in various warehouse functions.
2nd Lt. Kelsha Weaver, the officer in charge of the MEDLOG Partnership Program and the overall coordinator of the event, worked closely with Navy Lieutenant Willie Brown from the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq and Multi-National Force - Iraq to ensure the Iraqi Soldiers received quality training.
"Allowing the Iraqi logisticians to observe our procedures might give them some ideas on their own system," said Weaver. "We have no intention of telling them how to do business, only to allow them to view our procedures."
32nd MMB Soldiers demonstrated how they receive, store, secure and issue material from the central warehouse in Balad. An entire day was spent reviewing and conducting an inventory.
Stubbs said he believes the Iraqi contingent is in good hands with the Taji National Depot Class VIII Logistics Officer in Charge, 2nd Lt. Ali Faesal.
"2nd Lt. Ali is a visionary leader," he said. "I feel incredible hope for the Iraqi military with men like Ali (in charge)."
The training concluded with an awards ceremony where Stubbs presented all of the Iraqi Soldiers a Certificate of Achievement.
"I enjoyed your classes because every day I had something new to learn here in medical logistics," Ali said while addressing his American partners at the awards ceremony. "I will reflect on the views that I got from the American Soldiers."
The 32nd MMB also conducted a medical maintenance exchange with their Iraqi counterparts at the Taji National Depot.
The unit taught at the Iraqi Army Service Support Institute Public Health Course, instructed Field Sanitation Courses at the Iraqi Regional Training Sites and played an important role in receiving all of the Medical Equipment Sets during the initial fielding to support the Taji National Deport and the Iraqi Divisions. The 32nd MMB and the MNSTC-I Health Affairs Medical Logistics office coordinate all partnership endeavors to ensure unity of effort.