GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Two soldiers from the German Army's 391st Infantry Division, Thuringia, Germany, participated in small arms familiarization weapons training, Aug. 17-21, 2015, here.
The 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command's Combined Arms Training Center conducted this training to teach Staff Sgt. David and Sgt. Ronny how to use the M2, the M4, the M9, the M16, the M240, the M249 and the .50 Cal to prepare them for their upcoming mission to Iraq in support of the Kurdish Peshmerga and their fight against the Islamic State.
"I am very satisfied with their performance and I am confident they will be able to successfully accomplish their mission, said Sgt. 1st Class Calvin Shingle, a CATC instructor.
During this training, these soldiers learned how to perform weapons maintenance, disassemble and assemble weapons, identify different types of ammunition, correct malfunctions, and proper firing techniques. These tasks along with the train the trainer concept will benefit not only the soldiers, but the Kurdish force.
"The instructors were very knowledgeable and they did a good job training us," said David. "I am confident that I will be able to teach the Peshmerga what I have learned so they can effectively use these weapons."
"The training we give our allies while working close to them helps build trust and interoperability," said Lt. Col. Jeffery A. Hollamon, the chief of CATC.
CATC expects to give similar training to about 30 more German soldiers by the end of the year.