News: 15th Sust. Bde. gives Iraqi Army 26th Inf. Bde. helping hand
Story by Sgt. Matthew Cooley
CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Mechanics of the 15th Special Troops Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), helped the 26th Brigade Military Transition Team train mechanics of the Iraqi Army's 26th Infantry Brigade in the 15th's motorpool here throughout November.
The four week long training was part of the Army's ongoing effort to build up the Iraqi military's growing capacities as more U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq.
Sgt. Jason Chlarson, a Murrayville, Ill., native, and Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 15th STB, motor sergeant, took on the training of four Iraqi mechanics and five Iraqi army operators on the Army's level-two maintenance program.
"The course was designed to prepare the Iraqi army mechanics to fully assume their maintenance operation and improve their unit's maintenance readiness," Sgt. 1st Class Seth Dow, 15th STB maintenance sergeant and Florida, N.Y., native, said.
"The training consisted of how to properly [do preventative maintenance checks and services], and conduct semiannual and annual services on the M1114 up-armored [humvee].
"The Iraqi army mechanics also received classroom instructions and hands on training on how to troubleshoot and replace major components like an engine, transfer case and the turbo charger on their M1114's as well as many other organizational level parts such as brakes, rotors, batteries, and lights," Dow explained.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Derwin Gibson, the 15th's brigade logistics training and assistance team coordinator, assisted the IA mechanics practice ordering parts through their supply chain.
"The ability to receive requested parts increased their confidence in the requisition system," Dow said.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Diogenes Acosta, an Enterprise, Ala., native and 15th STB maintenance officer was pleased that the mechanics were eager to improve their skills.
"The five members of the Iraqi army mechanics, in spite of not have experience working with the M1114, demonstrated to be very skilled mechanics and eager to improve their mechanic skills," Acosta said.
"The experience was rewarding for both the Soldiers of 15th STB and the Soldiers of 26th IA Brigade. They both learned a little bit more about each other, and the Soldiers of 15th STB were able to pass on some technical knowledge to help improve the readiness and future of the Iraqi Army."