Iraqi Army, Ministry of Defense, MNSTC-I co-op program breeds success
BAGHDAD , Iraq – The Iraqi Army, Ministry of Defense, and the Multi-National Security Transition Command - Iraq (MNSTC-I) are enjoying the success of a co-op program for supply and logistics.
The program began in early February and is already producing results, including the impending creation of several Iraqi Army facilities that will be used to coordinate equipment, procurement, maintenance, storage and accounting for Iraqi forces.
A large distribution center is set to open in north-central Iraq within the next two months, for example.
“MNSTC-I was initially making all the logistical decisions,” says U.S. Army Lt. Col. George Crowell, the Iraqi Ministry of Defense liaison for logistics for MNSTC-I’s J-4 Supply directorate. “Embedding Iraqi officers allowed us to find out their capabilities and knowledge. We are teaching each other and sharing information. We are learning things that are unique to Iraq that can’t be taught without these officers and their skills.”
There are currently eight Iraqi officers working in the co-op program, two general officers who oversee the program, and six experienced logistics, engineers, or maintenance officers who are embedded at the MNSTC-I’s Phoenix Base with Coalition Forces.
“Before sovereignty in Iraq , we worked only as advisers [for logistics for the Iraqi Army] now we work as equals,” said an Iraqi logistics colonel who works in the co-op at MNSTC-I. “We share information to make one plan.”
Another Iraqi engineering officer said, “It is a pleasure to work with the coalition forces.”
The officers said they are pleased to find so many similarities in their methods and processes, which they said contributes to the success of the program.
Coalition and Iraqi officers are working together to solve problems, manage facilities and equipment, execute procurement and purchasing best practices, and coordinate maintenance functions for Iraqi Army equipment. These tasks are accomplished with military and civilian personnel working together, much like the U.S. armed services.
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