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May 13, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-31


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


NORTHERN IRAQ REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER GRADUATES 80 IRAQI SOLDIERS

MOSUL, Iraq - Two ceremonies were held May 13 to celebrate the graduation of 60 Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers from basic training and 20 ICDC soldiers from the Primary Leader Development Course at the Northern Iraq Regional Training Center in Qarrayah.

Basic training is a six-week program designed to transform Iraqi civilians into soldiers through classes taught by the U.S. Army. Instructions cover basic rifle marksmanship, the law of war, human rights, security and checkpoint operations, basic communication, and maneuver skills. The 60 soldiers will move to their assigned units and work together with the U.S. Army and Coalition partners as they protect and secure Iraq.

PLDC is a two-week course designed to take junior soldiers and train them to become leaders. Lessons cover basic leadership skills necessary to develop a basic soldier into a Non-Commissioned Officer. The 20 ICDC soldiers that graduated May 13 are expected to become the foundation of leadership to carry and support the new army in the future.

"Everyday the Iraqi Army and ICDC become stronger thanks to the courage of Iraqi civilians willing to sacrifice for the future of their nation. Iraqi security forces are a vital component of Iraq's stability and security, and provide the instruments necessary for the success and progress of the country," said Brig. Gen. Carter Ham, Commanding General of Task Force Olympia.

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