Iraqi NCOs Attend Advanced Course
CAMP SPARROW HAWK — The Non-commissioned Officer Corps is the backbone essential to the Army's success, and the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division has recently instituted a Master Trainer Course (MTC) to help develop junior Iraqi NCOs.
For five days, Soldiers from Company A, 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment conducted the first Cordon and Search Master Trainer course here, June 14 - 18.
The course attendees were members of the 38th Brigade, 10th Iraq Army Division. Five Iraqi Soldiers were chosen from each battalion to attend the MTC.
Once they were familiar with using maps and terrain models, they moved into planning. The Iraqi leaders learned the steps to planning a successful cordon and search, applying skills learned from the terrain model class.
"We constructed a terrain board and taught the Iraqi's how to relate what they see on the map to the terrain board and how to use the terrain board to plan missions," said Sgt. Tyson Sowers, an infantryman from Grandview, Wash.
By the end of the class the Iraqis were planning their own cordon and search missions in accordance
The ultimate aim of this training, however, was leadership development. These young leaders can now take the lessons learned and begin training their own Soldiers.
"Getting over the language barrier, even with an interpreter, was difficult. Overall, it was a good opportunity for me, as an NCO, to practice teaching," said Sgt. Joshua Bevan, an infantryman from Pinson, Ala.
The MTC developed junior Iraqi leadership and empowered them with the knowledge to effectively train their own Soldiers. The idea behind developing the junior Iraqi NCOs is to provide the Iraqi Army with tactically competent Soldiers who will be able to effectively lead their comrades at the decisive point of an operation.
(By Capt. Jeff Giltzow, 1st Armored Division)