2nd BCT advises IA on logistics, weapons, vehicles

| June 30, 2011 | 0 Comments
IA soldiers of 5th IA Div. conduct preventative maintenance checks and services on a humvee, as part of a vehicle maintenance training course at KMTB, Iraq, recently. Soldiers in 2nd BCT, 25th ID, provided training and instruction on critical skills during monthlong training cycles. (Courtesy Photos)

IA soldiers of 5th IA Div. conduct preventative maintenance checks and services on a humvee, as part of a vehicle maintenance training course at KMTB, Iraq, recently. Soldiers in 2nd BCT, 25th ID, provided training and instruction on critical skills during monthlong training cycles. (Courtesy Photos)

Sgt. David Strayer
109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

KIRKUSH MILITARY TRAINING BASE, Iraq — “Warrior Brigade” Soldiers spent their time downrange transforming Iraqi army soldiers into fully-functional, self-sustaining, well-oiled machines.

Among the many missions conducted by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Warrior Bde. Soldiers can now check logistics, weapons and vehicle training off their lists.

During Tadreeb al Shamil, Arabic for all-inclusive training, 2nd BCT instructors provided training on critical skills during the monthlong training cycles. U.S. forces also assisted the IA in transitioning to an online, automated system that is more accessible and efficient than the old, manual system of submitting paper forms and getting stamped approval for replacement parts requisition and distribution.

Further, 2nd BCT Soldiers instructed IA soldiers during a dedicated field artillery training course, here, as IA gun crews are becoming the foundation of a growing IA field artillery corps.

IA soldiers practiced crew drills on their M198 155 mm Howitzers — including the fundamentals of emplacing, loading, aiming and firing the howitzers — under the supervision of Warrior Bde. Soldiers.

“This is their training; these are their guns,” said Staff Sgt. Nicholas Hellen, Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 2nd Bn., 11th FA Regiment, 2nd BCT. “It’s up to them, and they seem ready to take that responsibility.”

1st Lt. Adam Thompson, senior M198 weapons system instructor, 2nd BCT, said the goal of the program goes beyond simply training Iraqi soldiers on new equipment.

A vehicle crew of IA soldiers negotiates an apex obstacle in an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier during a driver instruction obstacle course at KMTB, Iraq, recently.

A vehicle crew of IA soldiers negotiates an apex obstacle in an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier during a driver instruction obstacle course at KMTB, Iraq, recently.

“The end state of all this is to see a fully-functional, self-sustaining, field artillery team … and help (its) field artillery corps grow,” Thompson said.

U.S. instructors provided infantry units extensive training on mortar systems. Prior to the current training cycle at KMTB, IA soldiers had little or no field artillery training or assets.

In addition to logistical and weapons training, 2nd BCT assisted IA soldiers during M113 Armored Personnel Carrier vehicle operator training. Training not only evaluated the Iraqi logistical systems for requesting and receiving replacement vehicle parts, but also educated IA soldiers on improving maintenance on vehicle fleets.

Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Wussow, master gunner, 2nd BCT, said the class is a recent addition at KMTB. The training teaches IA soldiers vehicle operation and basic operator-level maintenance skills.

“IA soldiers that come through really are getting better and better with each passing rotation,” said Sgt. William Swift, instructor for M113 driver and maintenance training, Company B, 225th Bde. Support Bn., 2nd BCT. “Since this is a train-the-trainer course, we have left all the logistics for the course to the IA. They are troubleshooting all of their own problems and arranging for fuel, food and parts, if something were to happen to a vehicle. They are essentially facilitating their own training.”

 

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