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Iraqi Army Soldiers study traffic control points prior to national elections
Multi-National Force-Iraq ^ | Capt. Kurt Zortman, USA

Posted on 12/28/2009 3:27:52 PM PST by SandRat

CAMP MEJID — Dozens of Iraqi Soldiers learned to operate Traffic Control Points in preparation for the Iraqi national elections during a 10-day course taught by Advise and Assist Army engineers here, Dec. 5 -15.

Twenty-five junior officers and enlisted Soldiers from the 7th Iraqi Army Division were trained on TCP by engineers from Company A, 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division (Advise and Assist Brigade), with the intent of returning to their units and teaching other Iraqi Soldiers.

The class focused on the principles of traffic control operations and included site selection, design, materials calculation, and function, said Staff Sgt. Christopher Polk, senior construction equipment supervisor.

Several students stationed here were so eager to use what they learned, that before the class concluded, they were teaching their own Soldiers at night, said Polk.

The 7th IA Div. is responsible for securing the travel routes across Anbar province between Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

"The need to have effective vehicle search capability is key to sustaining a safe flow of commerce and personnel from the border into the heart of Iraq," said Polk.

The training came at the request of the 7th IA Div. commander.

The training has been interactive, said Polk. Soldiers from 1st BSTB tailored the training to the situations the Iraqis were facing on a day-to-day basis at their checkpoints.

The course culminated with the redesign and upgrade to an existing IA TCP that was planned, resourced, and executed by the students attending the course, said Polk.

The American and 7th IA engineers are planning to upgrade two of the top seven priority TCP as defined by the 7th IA Div. commander. During the upgrades, the Iraqis will lead the planning, resourcing, and execution with the Americans playing only an advise and assist role, he said.

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: control; frwn; iraq; traffic

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