• BAGHDAD - Iraqi Soldiers assigned to 6th Iraqi Army Division participate in an improvised explosive device identification class at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. Members of 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., instructed the training, provided guidance and shared past experiences with the students. 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine, 366th MPAD, USD-C)

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    BAGHDAD - Iraqi Soldiers assigned to 6th Iraqi Army Division participate in an improvised explosive device identification class at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. Members of 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops...

  • BAGHDAD - Sixth Iraqi Army Division Soldiers stand by their Humvees in preparation for an improvised explosive device detection and reaction class taught by 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine, 366th MPAD, USD-C)

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    BAGHDAD - Sixth Iraqi Army Division Soldiers stand by their Humvees in preparation for an improvised explosive device detection and reaction class taught by 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., at...

  • BAGHDAD - Spc. Rupert Sanchez, a Houston native and gunner assigned to 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., monitors a training exercise at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. The 501st trained soldiers assigned to 6th Iraqi Army Div., on proper procedures for finding and reacting to improvised explosive devices. 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine, 366th MPAD, USD-C)

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    BAGHDAD - Spc. Rupert Sanchez, a Houston native and gunner assigned to 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., monitors a training exercise at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. The 501st...

  • BAGHDAD - Soldiers assigned to 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Division, prepare Soldiers assigned to 6th Iraqi Army Div., for convoy training held at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. The 501st Soldiers taught the Iraqi soldiers proper procedures when making contact with improvised explosive devices. 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine, 366th MPAD, USD-C)

    convoy training

    BAGHDAD - Soldiers assigned to 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Division, prepare Soldiers assigned to 6th Iraqi Army Div., for convoy training held at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26...

  • BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Joshua Dowell, a Spring Hill, Fla., native, and squad leader assigned to 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., points out a hidden, simulated improvised explosive device to members of 6th Iraqi Army Div., during a training exercise held at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. The goal of the training was to help the Iraqi soldiers recognize signs of an emplaced IED.

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine, 366th MPAD, USD-C)

    improvised explosive device

    BAGHDAD - Staff Sgt. Joshua Dowell, a Spring Hill, Fla., native, and squad leader assigned to 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., points out a hidden, simulated improvised explosive device to members of...

  • BAGHDAD - A training mortar round is hidden among debris during an improvised explosive device training event sponsored by 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26. Soldiers assigned to 6th Iraqi Army Division attended the class to reinforce their ability to locate IEDs and how to react to them. 

(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Phillip Valentine, 366th MPAD, USD-C)

    training mortar round

    BAGHDAD - A training mortar round is hidden among debris during an improvised explosive device training event sponsored by 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., at Contingency Operating Location...

BAGHDAD - Soldiers from 501st Military Police Company, Division Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Div., trained members of 6th Iraqi Army Div., on reacting to improvised explosive devices at Contingency Operating Location Constitution July 26.

This training, involving IED detection while on foot and while operating vehicles, was only the second day of a four-day event.

The Iraqi soldiers in attendance had training like this in the past and have been out on the roads for quite some time. This instruction was meant to reinforce the Iraqis' already solid knowledge on the topics and to gain insight from the MPs who travel the roads of Baghdad on a regular basis. But not all of the instruction was U.S. driven; the Iraqis shared their practical knowledge as well.

"We both share the same experiences," said Spc. Jeromey Abbott, a San Antonio native and gunner assigned to 501st MP Co. "There are a lot of IEDs out there so it helps to share stories and experiences. We learn a lot from each other."

The training exercise started off with a class displaying various simulated IEDs: showing what they look like, how they may be placed, and what they are capable of doing, both to vehicles and people. During the class, the Iraqi soldiers showed their interest by asking several questions and inspecting the fake IEDs as they were passed around.

"They come here enthused for their training," said Abbott. "Whatever we teach them, I hope it sticks as they head off into the field."

Several Iraqi soldiers agreed that they always expect something; they check everything, on the ground and above. Anything could be an IED.

After the IED identification class was complete, the Iraqi soldiers were split into two groups. One group was led to a road that had imitation IEDs hidden along the route and the other group loaded into vehicles and discussed actions upon contact while operating a vehicle in a convoy.

The primary instructor for the IED identification lane, Staff Sgt. Joshua Dowell, a Spring Hill, Fla., native, and squad leader assigned to 501st MP Co., discussed the intent of the training.

"We are trying to get them to look for devices or anything out of the ordinary; to get them into the mindset so they can operate," said Dowell. "Their goal is to find everything they are looking for and our goal is to help prevent them from getting hurt or killed in future missions."

He also said he felt working with the Iraqi Security Forces is helping create a better, safer Iraq, which helps U.S. Soldiers get back to their families safely.

During the convoy training, the Iraqis received instruction on what to do if they encounter an IED out on a mounted patrol.

"Much of their convoy training is about prevention," said 1st Lt. Charles Stevens, a New York City native and platoon leader assigned to 501st MP Co., describing the training objective. "The few hours a day we put into training the Iraqi soldiers equals numerous hours of continuous safety to the citizens of Iraq."

After a successful day of training, Stevens said he was impressed with the Iraqi soldiers and the progress they have made.

"It's nice to see how far they have come in the last couple of years," he said. "We are not here to train them in something completely new, but to help them go farther in their mission to secure Iraq."

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