By Maj. Chad Carroll, 4th BCT, 1st Cav. Div.December 10, 2008
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The Iraqi Army conducted indirect fire training in the Dhi Qar Province Nov. 25 with U.S. and Romanian counterparts.
The 10th Iraqi Army Special Operations unit teamed with 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, and the 341st Romanian Infantry Battalion to develop their artillery and mortar capabilities.
The troops fired rocket-assisted projectile systems from Contingency Operating Base Adder while an observation team from each of the three units observed the impacts from a safe distance.
"This was a great initial step for the Iraqi Army to build their indirect fire capability," said Maj. Christopher Robbins, Long Knife Brigade assistant operations officer. "They are ready to field their own artillery and mortar systems."
The training was the first piece of a foundation building toward a live fire exercise with the Long Knife Brigade and the 10th Iraqi Army Division in December.