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Camp Claiborne

The Soldiers of the Iraq Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) underwent 2 phases of training by American soldiers. First they spent 2 weeks in a basic training camp at Camp Claiborne near Mosul Airfield. Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment trained the Iraqis in marksmanship, Drill and Ceremony, and other military disciplines. After a period of leave for the Iraqis, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery took the soldiers to Objective Jaguar, outside of the village of Al Hatra, for another week of training. The cadre members continued with marksmanship training and physical training and first aid. In addition, the Iraqis were given classes on running observation posts, gate guarding, detaining people and searching vehicles.

The name of the camp is in refernce to the fact that the US Army's famed 101st Airborne Division was activated on 16 August 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Camp Claiborne was a World War II tent camp named for William C. C. Claiborne, the Governor of the Territory of Orleans, and first Governor of the State of Louisiana. It was located in Rapides Parish on the west side of US Highway 165, about 17 miles southwest of Alexandria in the Evangeline Division of the Kisatchie National Forest north of Forest Hill.

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