Deployed Forces: 2nd AAB builds confidence in Kurdish Regional Guard

| September 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Story and Photos by
Pfc. Jessica Luhrs
1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division

Sgt. Benjamin Sparkman (center), team leader with Co. B., 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th ID, tells a Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade soldier “good job” after correctly identifying a point on a map during land navigation training, at the KRGB headquarters near Kirkuk, Iraq, Aug. 11.KIRKUK, Iraq — After completing a weeklong cordon and search course, senior leadership with the Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade began the land navigation and map reading portion of a three-monthlong infantry course with U.S. Forces at the brigade’s headquarters in Laylan, Iraq, Aug. 11.

The infantry training is being facilitated by Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, which is currently deployed to Forward Operating Base Warrior, here.

After the 50 KRGB senior noncommissioned officers complete this portion of the course, they will be able to plan missions more effectively, according to Sgt. Benjamin Sparkman, a trainer from Co. B., 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB.

“They will be able to plan a mission using terrain features and map reading instead of going into an area blind,” Sparkman said. “This is why it is very important they understand this training.”

Sparkman’s platoon sergeant agreed with him.

Staff Sgt. Jeremy Buef (right), squad leader with Co. B, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB, 25th ID, assists a Kurdish Regional Guard Brigade soldier with correctly identifying a point on a terrain model during land navigation training in Laylan, Iraq, Aug. 11.“While the KRGB soldiers are learning these fundamentals, they are also learning a very important skill – teaching others,” said Staff Sgt. Eric Gonzalez, Co. B., 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd AAB, adding that trainers are letting KRGB soldiers assist in teaching throughout the course. 

“The trainers have the KRGB soldiers stand-up in front of the class and teach, knocking out two birds with one stone,” Gonzalez said. “When they get up there to teach, it builds their confidence, and (it) tells us they have a good understanding of what is being taught.”

The Soldiers of Co. B hope this confidence will assist their partners in training their own Kurdish soldiers after the course is complete.

“These senior leaders came to us to learn the fundamentals of being a soldier, to (be able to share these) fundamentals with their soldiers,” Gonzalez said. “In the end, we expect all the KRGB to be on the same level.”

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