U.S. forces work to improve quality of life for Iraqi trainers at GWTC
March 16, 2011
CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ, Iraq - As Iraqi Army battalions of the 3rd IA Division cycle through Tadreeb al Shamil training at Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, U.S. Soldiers worked to improve the quality of life for cadre at the enduring training facility.
Preparing for IA instructors to take a more active role in training, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division positioned containerized housing units in a new life support area at GWTC, March 11.
"What we're trying to build here is a life support area for the cadre who will eventually take over the training here at Ghuzlani," said Lt. Col. Paul Reese, deputy commanding officer, 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div. "We want them to be able to have a place to live and work that is more permanent than the tents that the trainees use."
Leading the all inclusive training, known in Arabic as Tadreeb al Shamil, a military initiative to modernize Iraqi ground forces' capabilities, Soldiers of 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 4th AAB, 1st Cav. Div. are incorporating Iraqi instructors into the 25-day training cycles at GWTC, preparing Iraqi Army units to take ownership of the program.
"If we can get them to stay here and embrace the training and dedicate professionals for the training, it will increase the IA's overall proficiency," added Reese, a native of St. Louis.
Permanent GWTC cadre will move into the new housing approximately three weeks after U.S. Soldiers finish construction of the life support area, said Master Sgt. Juan Darby, COS Marez Department of Public Works noncommissioned officer in charge assigned to 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th AAB.
Iraqi Army soldiers of 3rd IA Division conduct training at GWTC, participating in a month-long training rotation, to increase their proficiency in urban operations, individual movement techniques, attack and defense operations and operations planning.
With the placement of permanent housing for trainers, IA leaders can focus on tailoring the training to meet the strengths and weaknesses of each unit that trains at GWTC.
The billets will improve quality of life for the Iraqi instructors, allowing the cadre to focus on their mission to train Iraqi forces while creating a self-sustaining army in the future," said Darby, a native of New Orleans.
Each CHU, transferred from COS Diamondback, arrived at GWTC outfitted with desks, bedding, wall lockers and lamps.
"We're trying to give them the same type of standards we have," Darby said.
Two 3rd Iraqi Army Division battalions have completed rotations at the Ghuzlani Warrior Training Center, since the opening of the enduring training facility in January.