Saber Squadron seeks to aid Iraqi partners
March 30, 2011
BAGHDAD, Iraq - For the past month, Soldiers of 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, United States Division - Center have worked closely with their Iraqi partners, the 4th Federal Police.
During this time, members of the squadron have conducted combined patrols with the 4th FP in their new area of operations in Baghdad. But now that the squadron has fully settled into its operating environment, it is focusing its efforts to augmenting the efforts of the Iraqi police officers.
"The 4th Federal Police is already a great unit. Its commander, Staff Maj. Gen. Baha'a understands the United States forces' capabilities and requests our help in areas that he still wants to see some improvement," said Lt. Col. Cameron Cantlon, the commander of 6th Sqdn., 9th Cav. Regt.
On March 24, Saber Squadron visited 4th FP to instruct members on generator maintenance.
"It was a privilege to offer our assistance and expertise to the 4th FP so that they could successfully integrate these generators into their power system," said Cantlon.
However, the cooperation between Saber Squadron and the 4th FP was not limited to generator maintenance. Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Brunette and the 4th FP sergeant major, Sgt. Maj. Wassim, discussed other areas that could be improved during a lunch they had together.
Coordinating weapon ranges and training, vehicle maintenance, drivers training, map reading, and medical training were some of the areas of improvement and tasks discussed.
"They must be proficient in these basic tasks. If they are not proficient in these areas, it will be very difficult for them to accomplish their mission," said Burnette.
Currently, the Saber Squadron is working closely with the 4th FP to develop a training program for the members of the 4th FP to become proficient at these tasks.
"We can go a long way in assisting the 4th FP in their ability to successfully accomplish their mission while we are here now and when we eventually leave," said Burnette.
While helping to facilitate this training is only the beginning of the cooperation between the U.S. Soldiers and the 4th FP, Saber Squadron troopers look forward to augmenting the proficiency of the Iraqis over the course of their partnership.