By 3d Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public AffairsFebruary 12, 2009
KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq - Col. Mohammed Saleh Mahdy, Kirkush Regional Maintenance Company commander met at Kirkush Military Training Base with Lt. Col. Norman B. Green, the 304th Sustainment Brigade commander out of Riverside, Calif., and Lt. Col. Brent D. Bush, 100th Brigade Support Battalion commander out of Houston, Texas, to discuss the proposed authorized stockage list for the M1114 humvee Jan. 27.
The open dialogue among the leaders assisted in establishing a steady foundation for future partnership initiatives. They discussed, with the assistance of an interpreter, the advantages of having an ASL which would enable the Regional Maintenance Company to stock and issue repair parts for the M1114 HMMWV. They also shared concerns about the repair parts requisition process.
Mohammad expressed his desire to have timely requisition of repair parts from the Ministry of Defense. To help resolve this issue, Lt. Col. Bush, the battalion commander of the Kirkush Military Training Base Logistical Training Advisory Team, will travel to Taji National Depot in the near future to speak with U.S. counterparts to address Mohammad's concerns.
Chief Warrant Officer Scott L. Brown, maintenance technician for the 602nd Maintenance Company from Fort Hood, Texas, advises Mohammad on daily maintenance operations. Sgt. Mark T. Bauer, 602nd Maint. Co. senior mechanic, assists the Regional Maintenance Co. with maintenance training.
Mohammad had nothing but accolades for the LTAT. He said, "Chief Brown and Sgt. Bauer helped me build my warehouse, my office, and help me with anything that they can."
Through hard work and nurturing a bond was fostered between the Regional Maintenance Co. and LTAT. This bond was built on trust between Mohammad and the team that paved the way for continued partnerships on Jan. 27.
Mohammad said he believes that the LTAT will help him accomplish the Regional Maintenance Co.'s mission.
Green expressed his faith in Mohammad to accomplish his mission by presenting him with a brigade coin for the outstanding work he has done to improve the Regional Maintenance Co.'s maintenance capabilities.
In May 2008, an LTAT was placed at Kirkush Military Training Base in order to train, emplace, advise and build upon an Iraqi driven logistics infrastructure in the areas of Second and Third Line Maintenance.
The 304th Sust. Bde. operates a general support HUB to provide continuous synchronized sustainment to Multi-National Corps - Iraq forces from Joint Base Balad; provides direct support sustainment to designated forward operating bases and echelon above brigade units at JBB.
They also provide force protection and command and control over subordinate units; integrates the utilization of Iraqi commercial assets into the concept of support; partners with ISF Regional Maintenance Co.'s to facilitate the improvement of Iraqi capabilities; and provide emergency sustainment support to ISF.
In order to successfully achieve the 304th Sust. Bde. war-time mission, it was activated with cross-leveled Soldiers from various units across the United States.