‘Gimlets’ teach urban fighting skills

| March 4, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Andrew Limbocker (second from left), infantry squad leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, instructs a squad of Iraqi jinood, about how to move together as a team during room-clearing exercises at Kirkush Military Training Base, Feb. 8.

Staff Sgt. Andrew Limbocker (second from left), infantry squad leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT, 25th ID, instructs a squad of Iraqi jinood, about how to move together as a team during room-clearing exercises at Kirkush Military Training Base, Feb. 8.

Story and Photos by
Sgt. Coltin Heller
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, U.S. Division-North 

 

KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq — Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Div., taught platoons assigned to 2nd Bn., 21st Regt., 5th Iraqi Army Div., to safely enter buildings and clear rooms, here, Feb. 8.

Enhancing IA soldiers’ ability to seek and effectively engage targets in urban environments and room-clearing drills are one of several training exercises that are part of a 25-day training rotation called “Tadreeb al Shamil,” Arabic for all-inclusive training, said Spc. Scott Butz, infantryman, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT.

Soldiers in Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., “Gimlets,” 2nd BCT, are training Iraqi “jinood,” Arabic for soldiers; providing them modern unit tactics and logistical procedures; and guiding Iraqi officers and noncommissioned officers to take a leading role in training.

An Iraqi fire team from 2nd Bn., 21st Regt., 5th IA Div., enters and clears a room during training at Kirkush Military Training Base, Feb. 8.

An Iraqi fire team from 2nd Bn., 21st Regt., 5th IA Div., enters and clears a room during training at Kirkush Military Training Base, Feb. 8.

“Room clearing is a high-intensity event,” Butz said to Iraqi soldiers. “You need to be prepared for any situation.”

Gimlets supervised jinood and trained them on how to clear a room using operational, three-man teams, to properly and safely enter and exit a building, and how to clear each room while providing security.

U.S. Soldiers made on-the-spot corrections, training each Iraqi team to move and work cohesively.

“Security is more important that speed,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Limbocker, infantry squad leader, Co. A, 1st Bn., 21st Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “If your buddy goes down, you lose effective fire and security in that sector.”

U.S. trainers added variables, creating scenarios with wounded teammates, enemies and hostages to demonstrate how confusing a room-clearing operation can become, if not conducted properly.

Limbocker said he sees Iraqi leaders and their units improving continuously, as they work each day with U.S. forces.

“They are always looking for ways to improve the training, so their units get the most out of it,” he added. “We train the individual first, making sure they know the training, before we move to collective unit training. There has been progress, and it can be seen all the time.”

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