Iraqi Soldiers Near Syrian Border Graduate Humvee Operator’s Course

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CAMP AL QA’IM, Iraq (July 2, 2006) – Nearly two dozen Iraqi soldiers serving in Iraq’s western Al Anbar Province graduated a humvee licensing course June 29, 2006.

The soldiers, part of the 3rd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, graduated the course during a short ceremony at the Marines’ outpost here, located just a few miles from the Iraqi-Syrian border.

Staff Sgt. Lynn D. Brown, lead instructor
Staff Sgt. Lynn D. Brown, a Detroit, Mich., native and lead instructor for the course, demonstrates how to check the vehicle’s fluid levels.

The two-week course, designed to teach Iraqi soldiers on operating and maintaining their fleet of humvees without assistance from Coalition forces, will increase the operational capability of the Iraqi Army, according to U.S. Marines from the military transition team in Al Qa’im.

The graduates are also now qualified to instruct and license other Iraqi soldiers on humvee operations and maintenance – part of the Iraqi Government’s plan to further equip the country’s Army with more heavily-armored, rugged, and reliable vehicles to conduct security operations.

“These graduates are very well trained and they treat their vehicles with respect,” said Maj. Jarrod W. Stoutenborough, operations officer for 3rd Brigade’s military transition team. “This training is a start for the soldiers who have a mountain of training ahead of them.”

The course was taught by U.S. Marines from Regimental Combat Team 7 – the U.S. military unit responsible for security operations in western Al Anbar Province.

Iraqi student tests Humvee course
An Iraqi student tests on the driving portion of the Humvee course where he is required to maneuver the vehicle around a set of road cones.
Iraqi Army 3rd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division at Camp Al Qa'im, Iraq, received 50 brandnew, tan Humvees this month from Iraq's Ministry of Defense.
Iraqi Army 3rd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division at Camp Al Qa’im, Iraq, received 50 brandnew, tan Humvees this month from Iraq’s Ministry of Defense.
An Iraqi soldier prepares to test on the driving portion of the Humvee course.
An Iraqi soldier prepares to test on the driving portion of the Humvee course. Students have to complete a variety of driving tests, including maneuvering the vehicle with a trailer hitch and driving through a road course of road cones

By Cpl. Antonio Rosas

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