Monday, August 25, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 25 Aug 2008

From MNF-I, Members of Successful Security Program Take Steps to Join Police.

FORWARD OPERATION BASE WAR EAGLE — Members of the successful Sons of Iraq security program began the transition from neighborhood guardians to full fledged members of the Iraqi Security Forces at Forward Operating Base War Eagle, Aug. 22.

The screening process took place at War Eagle where Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers facilitated the transition of Iraqi citizens to the Iraqi National Police by evaluating applicants and job packets for the would-be members.

The screening process consisted of the applicants taking a test to determine suitability, a physical fitness test, identification verification and medical screening.

“Once we assemble the packets they are sent through Iraqi channels to be vetted, if they are approved and deemed appropriate candidates, the applicants will receive a class date and will attend the Iraqi Police Academy for approximately four weeks,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Smith, a squad leader with the 300th MPs.

After four weeks of training, the recruits will graduate and become members of the national police and be assigned a duty station in their home district.

“It’s good to see the local population wanting to step up and get involved, and it will help us get out of here faster for them to take the point,” said Staff Sgt. John Plossick, a squad leader with 4th Inf. Div.

For Miqdam Hasan Mihihsim, a member of the SOI from Shaab in the Adhamiyah District of Baghdad, the reasons to become a national policeman are his family and his country.

“It’s an honorable job to serve our nation as an Iraqi, but the salary will also help me support my family and will guarantee my families future,” said Miqdam.