Iraqi commands train to train others
February 13, 2010
- First group of Iraqi commandos graduate from 10-day course in southern Iraq
- Course intended to give Iraqis the capability to train their own commandos
- The first squad of commandos will act as a quick reaction force during the March elections
Trained in advanced operations, close quarters marksmanship, information gathering and taking action against possible threats, Iraqi commandos have a wide array of skills to teach and guide other Iraqi Army units on how to function in combat.
Now, thanks to special instruction from their US counterparts, Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade completed a week-long course and earned their Commando tabs Feb. 12. The 10 graduates will serve as both trainers in the Iraqi Army and a quick reaction force for the upcoming national elections.
The week-long course Aca,!" the first one of its kind conducted by Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Aca,!" instructs the commandos on medical training, land navigation, and physical training along with their combat knowledge.
Staff Sgt. Thomas Aeverman, a Cassville, Mo., native with Aca,!EoeComanche Troop,Aca,!a,,c says the Iraqi Army has improved significantly since his first deployment in 2003.
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The senior instructor, 1st Sgt. David Eastabrooks, said the Iraqi Commandos performed well during the course.
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The elections March 7 provide a different battle plan for the Soldiers and trainers of Comanche Troop, which is taking an advisory and support role for the Iraqi Army as they secure the country. Aeverman says that he believes the Iraqi Army will do well in securing the elections.
Eastabrooks, a native of Cornwall, N.Y., said his unitAca,!a,,cs training for the Iraqi Commandos is a strong step forward.
Aca,!A"WeAca,!a,,cre basically working ourselves out of a job,Aca,!A? he said. Aca,!A"This is what we wanted them to do. We want them to take charge and be motivated, so this is a step in the right direction.Aca,!A?
Another class of Iraqi commandos is scheduled to begin within a week to continue giving some of IraqAca,!a,,cs finest Soldiers the lessons needed to improve the abilities of the Iraqi Army as they take a larger role in defending their country.