CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Six Iraqi policemen were tactically positioned outside the home of suspected criminals, preparing to burst into the structure during a room-clearing training exercise Feb 28.

The class, taught by Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division at Combat Support Center Cedar near the base here, was part of an on-going partnership with the Muthanna Province's Tactical Security Unit in southern Iraq.

"This training has helped my (people) get vital situational training from experienced leaders," said Capt. Majid, the company commander of the TSU policemen.

During the two-week training, the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, also called the Thunder Horse Battalion, instructed the policemen in combat life saver techniques, react to contact, escalation of force, reflexive fire and room clearance procedures.

The American Soldiers said the IP's 'rose to the occasion' during the training by quickly picking up the advanced skills and enhancing their ability to provide security.

"The Iraqis were focused and approached every obstacle like it was as important as the last," said Capt. Mike Flynn, a Thunder Horse company commander from Cleveland. "We challenged the IP's and their leadership to be more involved, and it was interesting to see how they worked through it. Their emphasis on providing and maintaining security was impressive."

The Thunder Horse Battalion will continue working with the Iraqi Security Forces and challenging their partners in improving their established military system.