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The citizens of Iraq took a more independent role in securing their country with the signing of the Security Agreement, June 30. In support of this goal, U.S. Scouts are conducting joint operations and training with Iraqi Army Commandos.
The Scout platoon, from Headquarters & Headquarters Co., 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, is developing the 38th Iraqi Army Brigade Commando leadership through instruction on how to be more effective trainers for their Jundee (Soldiers). This will help the Iraqis to continue quality training after the drawdown of U.S. forces.
"I believe this is a great opportunity to develop our Soldiers by allowing them to instruct and mentor their Iraqi counterparts," said Staff Sgt. Adam Wilson, section sergeant from San Antonio, Texas.
The non-commissioned officers of the Scout platoon take great pride in this mission and know the importance of the training.
"Throughout the United States Army's history, non-commissioned officers have trained and taught not only their Soldiers, but Soldiers in foreign militaries, and I'm glad to be a part of it," said Staff Sgt. Daniel Salazar, section sergeant from Downey, Calif.
The Iraqi Commandos are not the only ones learning, as they teach classes to the Scouts on Iraqi Army-related subjects, such as the capabilities of the AK-47, the Commandos' primary weapon.
The knowledge obtained from the training is put to the test when the Commandos and Scouts conduct counter-indirect fire patrols.
They move in formations across the Maysan province in order to identify rocket launch sites and to deter any insurgent indirect fire operations. Between the classes and patrols the Commandos and Scouts have developed a strong relationship.
"I enjoy going over there; they always seem so happy and eager to see us," said Staff Sgt. Patrick Williams, from San Antonio, Texas. Together, the Commandos and Scouts have completed more than 10 classes.
As this partnership and training relationship continues to flourish, the 38th IA Commandos continue to secure their province with minimal assistance from U.S. Forces.