‘Golden Dragons’ hand over mission

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
Col. Michael Pappal (right), commander, “1st AATF,” 1st Inf. Div., speaks at a graduationceremony for Kurdish Regional Guard soldiers and officers at the Manila Training Center on Fire Base Manila, Iraq, recently.

Col. Michael Pappal (right), commander, “1st AATF,” 1st Inf. Div., speaks at a graduation ceremony for Kurdish Regional Guard soldiers and officers at the Manila Training Center on Fire Base Manila, Iraq, recently.

Story and Photo by
Spc. Kandi Huggins
2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

FIRE BASE MANILA, Iraq — Hawaii Soldiers recently concluded their assignment at the Manila Training Center, here.

“Golden Dragons” of 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, turned over their advise, train and assist mission to Kurdish Regional Guard brigades in Kirkuk province.

“The Golden Dragons have established a world-class facility that trains not only Soldiers, but leaders,” said Lt. Col. Keith Casey, commander, 1st Bn., 5th Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Inf. Div., the unit taking over the mission here. “The training (these) Soldiers have conducted with the Iraqi Security Forces has afforded (my Soldiers) the opportunity to build an enduring partnership and enhance the capabilities of our partner units.”

Col. Michael Pappal, commander, “1st Advise and Assist Task Force,” 1st Inf. Div., also complimented the work of 2nd BCT in building up Iraqi capabilities in the Kirkuk province.

“You may not realize it, but you are the ground floor of the important structure we’ve built here,” Pappal said. “You’re instrumental in building the capability of the Kurdish Regional Guard brigades to conduct future operations. You can have all the equipment and facilities and things of war, but it’s the individual person and training that has the biggest effect on how everything turns out.”

The Golden Dragons marked the end of their time at the training center with a graduation ceremony for their last class of Iraqi students, who successfully completed the monthlong basic skills training course.

“The training consisted of individual tasks, team tasks, squad tasks and finally, platoon-level tasks,” said Capt. Cory Faison, commander, Company B, 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., 2nd BCT. “It will help (Kurdish Regional Guard soldiers) lead soldiers and guide them in the direction they need to go.”

 

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