Monday, September 22, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 22 Sept 2008

From MNF-I, U.S. Soldiers Train the Trainers with Iraqi Border Patrol.

COMBAT OUTPOST HEIDER — Mounds of loose dirt span the horizon for miles. A group of Soldiers move tactically through the night while looking for signs of illegal border crossing. In the distance, a group of lights shine from a nearby Syrian town. Soldiers look for vehicles moving along a Syrian border road and report suspicious activities.

The small team must be sure vehicles do not suddenly turn toward the border to pose a threat to a guard post nearby. This is what Iraqi Border Patrol trainees experience while patrolling the border between Iraq and Syria.

The Border Transition Team will take the class out on night patrols during the five-day Iraqi Border Police Leaders academy. The goal during this training course is to train a new group for the Iraq Border Patrol. In turn, the new group will train the next group.

The Iraqi Border Patrol trainees are taught everything from AK-47 disassembly and assembly, dismounted and mounted patrolling, react to enemy contact, looking for signs of personnel illegally entering the country and how to react as a Border Patrol Officer, said Sgt. 1st Class Brian Motter, the operations sergeant in charge for the Border Transition Team-4231, also known as the Guardians.

The course also teaches them the overall staff functions, what the staff members do and how they do it, Motter added.

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