Skip to comments.DoD News Briefing with Lt. Gen. Helmick From Iraq [How long in Iraq after 2012?]
Posted on 08/20/2009 6:34:36 PM PDT by DJ Elliott
Q As you say, the complexity of this training effort, particularly with the Iraqi air force -- again, do you think that some trainers, U.S. trainers and mentors, will be needed after 2011?
GEN. HELMICK: Well, I guess it depends on how we identify air sovereignty for the Iraqi air force. There will be a team that comes here from Washington, D.C., in the next week or so, to kind of refine where the Iraqi air force is and where they think the Iraqi air force should be, based on the current glide path, if you will, on procurement of systems and the situation -- the security situation as we move forward.
Q (Off mike) -- require trainers after 2011, then?
GEN. HELMICK: (Off mike) -- complex. It is very, very complex. Again, it's -- you -- it goes all the way from identifying a pilot to get the pilot into English language training, to get the pilot successful into pilot training, to get him into the right airplane, and then to provide him with the operational training he needs to provide air sovereignty for this country.
Again, that is a very, very long process and there has to be equipment decisions -- read that "types of airplanes the Iraqis want to purchase" -- made and there has to be money to be paid r those airplanes. So this is a very, very complex process as we move forward.
As I mentioned, building the military, the easy part of all that is complete. We're getting to a very technical, costly part of that now.
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Mr Failure just can’t get the troops out of there. Another broken Obama promise.
How long did it take us to pull the last of our troops out of Germany after WWII?
We are still in Germany and Japan.
Thought I would post this part since the MSM seems to be avoiding this part of the brief.
Saw it live this morning and that was the only point in the brief that was significant. It is predictable to anybody who understands training/equipping timelines for air forces...