Iraqi National Guard Soldiers graduate from training

By Sgt. Ann Venturato

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq — About 100 Iraqi National Guard soldiers from Company A, 210th ING Battalion stood in formation, as the second group of ING soldiers graduated from the six-week advanced individual training course in advanced infantry tactics, during a ceremony at the ING training area here Sept. 23.

The ING soldiers learned how to set up a patrol base, perform searches for weapons, as well as patrol maneuvers, said Staff Sgt. Robert Brite, an ING instructor from Company A, 339th Infantry Battalion.

Prior to the six-week training, the ING soldiers had a 10-day basic training course where they learned fundamental soldier skills such as marching and rifle marksmanship, Brite added.

Although the ING soldiers have finished this schooling, there is more for them to learn in real-life missions.

"The learning never stops. For those of you who are graduating today, you will go on to some new training. More specifically, training for your next mission," said Lt. Col. Ted Arnold, Task Force Chinook commander.

"You are Iraqi National Guard. You are going to go out and you are going to fight for the freedom of Iraq."

Editor's Note: Sgt. Venturato is a member of the 13th COSCOM Public Affairs Office at LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq.


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(LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Balad, Iraq) - The Iraqi National Guard conducts training on troop movements and securing a perimeter at LSA Anaconda Sept. 16. The Iraqi soldiers train daily in preparation to assume responsibility for the security of their country.