By Spc. Angel Washington, 4th AAB PAO, 1st Cav. Div.December 13, 2010
JOINT SECURITY STATION INDIA, Iraq-Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted combined dismounted movement training with Iraqi security forces Dec. 9.
Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division and 4th Brigade, 4th Division, Kurdish security forces, held their weapons ready to "neutralize the enemy." The Iraqi security forces walked along their area of operation with their 2-7 Cav. counterparts cautious of their surroundings and on the lookout for anything suspicious.
"This training is to help organize them (ISF) in the way they conduct their mission," said Sgt. First Class Derek Wood, an A Co. platoon sergeant from Pearl City, Hawaii. "During our combined dismounted movement training, they will learn how to properly react to contact and move on the enemy."
The combined forces continued walking until they were halted by gunfire. Off in the distance, enemy forces fired rounds from a parked truck. Without hesitation, arms went into the air, silent communication that told each Soldier exactly what to do next. Each soldier got on the ground and pulled security and within a moment's time, a group disappeared only to later show up closer to the parked truck.
"When we get positive identification of the enemy, we all get on line and maintain security in the area. Then a group of soldiers moves around closer to the enemy so we can corner him and take him down," said Wood. "Our goal is not for them to just open fire on the enemy as they traditionally do, but to gain positive identification and actually assess the situation."
The ISF took the lead from their American counterparts, looking to make sure they had proper positioning and when given the signal, they then took the lead. They lead the 2-7 Cav. Soldiers to search the vehicle and detain the enemy.
"The soldiers that took part in this training are learning really well," said Pfc. Dominic Vaughn, an A Co. infantryman from Fort Worth, Texas. "They'll be able to train new Iraqi soldiers on dismounted patrol movement."