• Soldiers from the 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company and Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 team members watch an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Wings, execute a close combat attack maneuver during a call for fire while training near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26. The 12th IA SOC and ODA 1216 conduct joint missions to provide security and stability operations in Kirkuk Province. 
(Photo by:  Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall  25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

    12th IA SOC, ODA continue partnered efforts

    Soldiers from the 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company and Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 team members watch an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Wings, execute a close combat attack maneuver...

  • An Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 team member (left) provides instruction to a 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company Soldier as he takes an AT-4 anti-tank weapon to fire during training near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26. The 12th IA SOC and ODA 1216 conduct joint missions to provide security and stability operations in Kirkuk Province.
(Photo by:  Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall  25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

    12th IA SOC, ODA continue partnered efforts

    An Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 team member (left) provides instruction to a 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company Soldier as he takes an AT-4 anti-tank weapon to fire during training near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26. The 12th IA SOC and ODA 1216...

  • A 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company Soldier listen to instructions from an Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 team member before marking an area with a 40-mm round from a M-74 grenade launcher before a call for fire near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26 The 12th IA SOC and ODA 1216 conduct joint missions to provide security and stability operations in Kirkuk Province.
(Photo by:  Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall  25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

    12th IA SOC, ODA continue partnered efforts

    A 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company Soldier listen to instructions from an Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 team member before marking an area with a 40-mm round from a M-74 grenade launcher before a call for fire near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26...

  • A teammember with Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 observes as an Iraqi Army Soldier from the 12th IA Special Operations Company fires an AT-4 anti-tank weapon during live-fire training near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26.
(Photo by:  Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall  25th Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

    12th IA SOC, ODA continue partnered efforts

    A teammember with Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216 observes as an Iraqi Army Soldier from the 12th IA Special Operations Company fires an AT-4 anti-tank weapon during live-fire training near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26. (Photo by: Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C...

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq - The 12th Iraqi Army Special Operations Company, and Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216, conducted hands-on weapons training and close combat attacks, near Hawijah, Iraq, Dec. 26.

"Since 2004, we started working with Special Forces groups in Kirkuk," said Sgt. Maj. Sadir, 12th IA SOC sergeant major, through an interpreter. "We started working together as a family, and we were with them for many (missions)."

According to Sgt. Maj. Sadir, who has served in the IA since Nov. 2003, his unit is responsible for all of Kirkuk province, and the training was invaluable to their mission capabilities in the region.

"We benefitted from it for the Soldiers' experience," he said. "(The weapons training was) good, and the support we had (for CCAs) was great."
The partnered training involved instruction and hands-on training for the AT-4 anti-tank weapons system, M-79 grenade launcher and rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Iraqi Soldiers honed their firing skills, particularly with the grenade launcher, using it to mark designated areas for calls for fire during CCAs.

Operational Detachment-Alpha 1216, who has regularly advised and assisted the 12th IA SOC in Kirkuk province, conducted the CCAs with OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter support from 2nd Squadron, 6th Cavalry Regiment, Task Force Wings.

"We need that for the future," Sgt. Maj. Sadir said. "Everybody needs air support. (Our CF partners) taught us how to contact the pilots and how to destroy the enemy when we have (combat air support available) without any (friendly) casualties."

When the joint team isn't sharpening its tactical skills, it is out conducting a plethora of missions. But there is always one constant - the unwavering support of the ODA team as the 12th IA SOC conduct their operations.

"We support them on whatever missions they go on," said Mike, a leader within the ODA. "(A lot of times, we capture) guys that have warrants from the Iraqi government or Iraqi police. We go down there together and apprehend them."

The 12th IA SOC's senior enlisted leader took pride in serving alongside ODA 1216. He spoke of the camaraderie the joint team shares.
"We have lost Soldiers (together on both sides), so we are a family," Sgt. Maj. Sadir said. "(Our ODA brothers) are still training us, and we will never forget that training. And we hope this relationship will remain here."

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