Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq

By SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)August 25, 2010

An Iraqi Army Soldier stores a 120mm High Explosive Anti Tank round after a training exercise as part of the M1A1 Tank Familiarization Course Aug. 11 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq.   Iraqi Army Soldiers are to operate and command M1A1 Abrams, as Iraq purchased 140 M1A1 tanks for the Iraqi Army in a foreign military sales agreement between the U.S. and Iraq.
1 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An Iraqi Army Soldier stores a 120mm High Explosive Anti Tank round after a training exercise as part of the M1A1 Tank Familiarization Course Aug. 11 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Iraqi Army Soldiers are to operate and command M1A1 Abrams, as Iraq purchased 140 M1A1 tanks for the Iraqi Army in a foreign military sales agreement between the U.S. and Iraq. (Photo Credit: SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Iraqi Army Soldiers unload 120mm High-Explosive-Anti-Tank rounds off of an M1A1 tank after a training exercise as part of the M1A1 Tank Familiarization Course Aug. 11 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Around 500 Iraqi Army soldiers have graduated the class so far.
2 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Iraqi Army Soldiers unload 120mm High-Explosive-Anti-Tank rounds off of an M1A1 tank after a training exercise as part of the M1A1 Tank Familiarization Course Aug. 11 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Around 500 Iraqi Army soldiers have graduated the class so far. (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Rachel Maddow (lower left), a television host for MSNBC, climbs into an M1A1 tank, as Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May (right),  Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, offers encouragement during a live-fire exercise Aug. 19 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Maddow successfully worked in the M1A1 with Iraqi Army cadre to engage targets.
3 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Rachel Maddow (lower left), a television host for MSNBC, climbs into an M1A1 tank, as Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May (right), Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, offers encouragement during a live-fire exercise Aug. 19 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Maddow successfully worked in the M1A1 with Iraqi Army cadre to engage targets. (Photo Credit: SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Rachel Maddow, a television host for MSNBC, and Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, share a laugh as Maddow relates her M1A1 tank exercise experience after a live-fire exercise Aug. 19 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Maddow successfully fired all weapons systems, including the 120mm main gun, as she worked with an Iraqi Army cadre crew to engage targets.
4 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Rachel Maddow, a television host for MSNBC, and Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, share a laugh as Maddow relates her M1A1 tank exercise experience after a live-fire exercise Aug. 19 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. Maddow successfully fired all weapons systems, including the 120mm main gun, as she worked with an Iraqi Army cadre crew to engage targets. (Photo Credit: SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
Rachel Maddow (foremost left), a television host for MSNBC, Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, and Iraqi Army Col. Abbas Fadhil Sahib (right), Besmaya Combat Training Center commander,  walk and talk about the Iraqi Army Aug. 19 at the BCTC, Iraq.
5 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Rachel Maddow (foremost left), a television host for MSNBC, Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, and Iraqi Army Col. Abbas Fadhil Sahib (right), Besmaya Combat Training Center commander, walk and talk about the Iraqi Army Aug. 19 at the BCTC, Iraq. (Photo Credit: SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Beachman, Senior Advisor with Iraq Training and Advisory Mission - Army at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, and a Somers, N.Y., native, and Iraqi Army Col. Abbas Fadhil Sahib, commander at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq, salute as Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, readies to depart on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 19 at the BCTC, Iraq.
6 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Beachman, Senior Advisor with Iraq Training and Advisory Mission - Army at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, and a Somers, N.Y., native, and Iraqi Army Col. Abbas Fadhil Sahib, commander at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq, salute as Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, readies to depart on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 19 at the BCTC, Iraq. (Photo Credit: SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Holladay, Senior Enlisted Advisor with Iraq Training and Advisory Mission - Army at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, and a Clarksville, Tenn., native, salutes as Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, readies to depart on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 19 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq.
7 / 7 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Richard Holladay, Senior Enlisted Advisor with Iraq Training and Advisory Mission - Army at Forward Operating Base Hammer, Iraq, and a Clarksville, Tenn., native, salutes as Brig. Gen. Bradley W. May, Director, Iraq Training and Advisory Team, United States Forces-Iraq, readies to depart on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Aug. 19 at the Besmaya Combat Training Center, Iraq. (Photo Credit: SGT Chad Menegay (USF-I DCG A&T PAO)) VIEW ORIGINAL