By 2nd Lt. Justin Bishop, 5th Bn., 82nd Field Artillery Regt., 1st Cav. Div.January 20, 2009
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The 41st Brigade, 10th Iraqi Army Division celebrated the completion of their Unit Set Fielding program and month-long training during a graduation ceremony at the Besmaya Range Complex Jan. 14.
U.S. Soldiers, assigned to the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Div., have partnered with the 41st IA Brigade since early October 2008. They trained the Iraqi Soldiers on the new tactical equipment and combat gear prior to the fielding process.
"They are the best Iraqi Army unit to have come through USF," said Lt. Col. Timothy Renshaw, the senior advisor of the Besmaya Range Complex.
During the course, the Iraqi Soldiers received everything from medical combat lifesaver kits and sleeping bags to vehicles and weapons. The brigade was also able to rotate its Soldiers through various marksmanship qualification ranges and training opportunities.
"Together, we will make Iraq a safer place," said Lt. Col. Timothy Daugherty, commander of the 5th Bn., 82nd Field Artillery Regt. Daugherty, who hails from Alabama, believes the new Iraqi unit, with assistance from his Black Dragon Battalion has made a positive impact on the people living in the Dhi Qar province in southern Iraq.
At the month's end, the troopers completed AK-47 qualification exercises, military operations in urban terrain courses, improvised explosive device identification and awareness training and combat lifesaver training among other classes.