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Building Iraqi Security Forces Through Partnership

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"…It is in our strategic interest, in our national security interest, to make sure that al-Qaida and its extremist allies cannot operate effectively in those areas. We are going to dismantle and degrade their capabilities and ultimately dismantle and destroy their networks. And Afghanistan's stability is important to that process."

-President Barack Obama, at a news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, stressed on the global importance of Afghan security while providing a glimpse of his Afghanistan strategy

Obama provides glimpse of Afghanistan strategy

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Year of the Noncommissioned Officer

"On average, it takes 14 years to mentor, teach and advance our noncommissioned officers and for them to develop that expertise and talent as a leader. It's very important that we keep experienced NCOs… in the Army."

-Command Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Wilson, emphasizing that noncommissioned officers spend years honing their leadership skills and mentoring and caring for Soldiers

Year of the NCO: 'It's about taking care of Soldiers'

CALENDAR

2009 Commemorations :

Year of the NCO

Year of the Military Family

100th Anniversary of the Chaplain Assistant

November 2009

Military Family Appreciation Month
National Native American Month
Warrior Care Month
Veteran's Day Week


December 2009

Dec. 6: Army Navy Game
Dec. 24: STAND-TO! edition will not be published
Dec. 25: Christmas Holiday
Dec. 31: STAND-TO! edition will not be published

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

Building Iraqi Security Forces Through Partnership

What is it?

The Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq (MNSTC-I), in partnership with the Government of Iraq, develops professional security ministries and forces capable of maintaining internal security and defending against external threats. MNSTC-I was established June 28, 2004, to help Iraq organize, train and equip its military and police forces.

What has it done?

Working closely with the Iraqi ministries of Defense and Interior, the command has assisted in forming more than 115 army and police combat battalions. Today there are more than 650,000 trained and equipped members of the security forces, with more joining the forces every month to defend the Iraqi people.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Until its complete departure from Iraq by the end of 2011, the U.S. Army, as part of a joint service effort, will continue to provide advice and assistance for the rebuilding and self-sustainment of Iraqi Security Forces, as called for in the U.S.-Iraq Security Agreement that became effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Why is this important?

MNSTC-I's efforts are helping build an Iraq that is safe, stable and self-reliant. This will help eliminate Iraq as a safe haven for terrorists. It will also help set the conditions for the democratically elected government to be responsive to the needs and welfare of the Iraqi people. Finally, this will allow U.S. military forces to conduct a responsible drawdown from Iraq.

Resources:

MNSTC-I homepage

MNSTC-I Facebook

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