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Iraqi Army battle staff trains on Civil Military Operations

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HONOR, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 18, 2005) – Iraqi Army officers from the 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, trained on an important side of their profession during a coalition-sponsored exercise July 25.

The U.S. military calls it Civil Military Operations, which includes missions such as providing humanitarian assistance to communities when needed, or conducting an economic assessment of a district in Baghdad.

Civil affairs Soldiers from 4th Brigade Troops Battalion; 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment; and 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, all of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, provided the training to the 17 members of the IA brigade battle staff.

“If the Iraqis only take away one thing from the training, I hope that they understand how important it is to develop an advance planning capability,” said Maj. Daniel Canales, 4th BCT civil military operations officer and one of the primary instructors for the class.

The training was focused on CMO considerations in planning and conducting military operations for the IA command staff said Maj. Carlos Molina, the 1-184 Infantry CA team commander.

The training was extremely well received by the IA staff members and included interactive practical exercises. The exercise put the Iraqi officers in various scenarios they will encounter in future real-world missions.

The primary purpose of the training was to give the staff considerations when planning CMO and to train them in such a way as to make a difference in their communities.

“This type of training is important because the Iraqi Security Forces need to demonstrate to their communities that they are a security force there for the protection and well-being of the populace,” said Molina.

(Editor’s Note: Story submitted by 1st Lt. Michael Klaphake, 4th Brigade Combat Team public affairs officer.)

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