Gimlets conduct dry runs during live-fire after ‘Tadreeb Al Shamil’

| January 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cademartori (left), first squad leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, instructs Iraqi soldiers with 1st Co., 4th Bn., 21st Bde., 5th IA Div., to lock and clear their weapons after reaching the limit of advance, during a squad live-fire exercise at Kirkush Military Training Base, Jan. 16.

Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cademartori (left), first squad leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, instructs Iraqi soldiers with 1st Co., 4th Bn., 21st Bde., 5th IA Div., to lock and clear their weapons after reaching the limit of advance, during a squad live-fire exercise at Kirkush Military Training Base, Jan. 16.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. Coltin Heller
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

 

KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq — The rain fell steadily as Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducted training with squads of Iraqi soldiers from 1st Co., 4th Bn., 21st Bde., 5th Iraqi Army Division, here, Jan. 16.

The live-fire exercise took place after two weeks of training during a 25-day rotation of Tadreeb Al Shamil, Arabic for “all inclusive training,” here, when Iraqi soldiers developed multiple infantry squad-level techniques and battle drills.

“This was a culmination event using squad movement and squad reactions to (conduct) techniques,” said Sgt. 1st Class Franklyn Rosario, platoon sergeant, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt. 2nd BCT. “We oversee squad training and train the Iraqi leadership to be more involved.”

Soldiers of Co. A instructed Iraqi soldiers on several basic individual and collective infantry skills and tasks prior to the live-fire exercise.

“We are teaching them formations and techniques we use, (and) then how to adapt it to their own (techniques, tactics and procedures),” Rosario said.

25th ID Soldiers taught Iraqi units squad movement techniques, how to perform direct and suppressive fire, and how squad elements maneuver while under fire.

“It’s all put together out here,” said Sgt. Travis Herman, an instructor and team leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt. 2nd BCT. “The training starts with dry runs for familiarization, and then moves on to live-fire.”

In addition to movement and fire techniques, Soldiers taught Iraqis to effectively communicate as teams and squads. The units coordinated their actions by using verbal commands, with hand and arms signals, and by throwing brightly colored flags.

“Communication between units is vital at all levels,” Rosario said. “Nothing gets done without talking. We stressed its importance with each aspect of the training.”

In addition to fire and movement techniques, the 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt. Soldiers stressed the leadership of noncommissioned officers, facilitating the IA soldiers’ understanding of a noncommissioned officer’s role within the squad.

“We showed the NCOs how to take charge and plan a mission,” said 1st Lt. Philip Kautz, platoon leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “After we did that, we stepped back and let them run the training.”

U.S. Soldiers operated in an advise and assist capacity, monitoring range safety and letting the Iraqi NCOs conduct the actual training.

The exercise provided Iraqi soldiers with crucial skills, improving their capabilities.

“This training fostered esprit de corps and a team concept,” Kautz said.

Despite the rain, driving wind and ankle-deep mud, Iraqi soldiers maintained discipline and a positive attitude.

“Morale was higher than expected,” Rosario said. “This is good training, as (the Iraqis) must be prepared to operate and adapt in any condition.”

U.S. Soldiers then instructed the Iraqi soldiers to take the training back to their units to maintain the standard and continue to improve.

Rosario said he is confident in the skills of Iraqi units trained by the 1-21st, to provide external security for Iraq.

“Good progress was made here to ensure they can protect their country and themselves,” he said.

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