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Task Force Troy Visits Camp Taji
By Spc. Karly Cooper, 15th SB, Public Affairs
Mar 25, 2007 - 4:55:21 PM
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Camp Taji, Iraq - U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Timothy Kardasz , C-IED instructor with TF Troy, shows Soldiers commonly used IED wire for devices planted along the roads of Iraq. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Karly Cooper 15th SB, PAO)
Blackanthem Military News, CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Improvised explosive devices are the leading cause of U.S. combat deaths and injuries in Iraq, according to Gordon England, Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Soldiers from the 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) took part in Counter-IED training here on Camp Taji to hone the skills necessary for mission success during supply and logistical patrols.
   
Combined Joint Task Force Troy – Multi-National Corps – Iraq’s Counter-IED organization, provides teams that specialize in training troops for the constant IED threat plaguing Iraqi roads.  The three-day, “train-the-trainer” course provided unit level C-IED instructors updated information as well as hands-on exercises 
   
The combinations of an explosive charge; usually military munitions, a detonator and an initiation system, IEDs have been found placed anywhere from a road surface to animal carcasses, garbage bags and tires.  Soldiers traveling outside the wire constantly remain on high alert for anything that seems out of the ordinary.
     
TF Troy brings together military experts from around the four services and our British and Australian coalition partners, with specialties ranging from artillery to engineering to paralegal. We have a number of teams throughout Iraq.
   
Course training covered unexploded ordnance, IED awareness, found weapon cache procedures and material often used to make explosive devices. Instructors explained the intelligence cycle in country, preservation of evidence and the processing of detainees in the battle field setting.
     
“This is outstanding training that gives Soldiers’ a lot of knowledge that we can take back to our [units],” said Sergeant Eduardo Diaz, a student with the 1687th Combat Heavy Equipment Transfer Company, 867th Corps Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade.
   
During the hands-on portion, TF Troy instructors showed troops how to scan the road for any obvious signs of an explosive device, or anything else out of the ordinary.
   
“It’s always educational because of the level of knowledge,” said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Bowen, TF Troy instructor.  “Some have been exposed to the dangers out on the road and some haven’t.”  
     
The theory behind the training is just like the fish story; catch me a fish and you help me today, teach me to fish and you change my whole life, said Sgt. 1st Class Bowen, regarding the hands on training.
   
“The C-IED training allows the unit to stay updated on the latest tactics that the enemy tries to employ against us,” said 2nd Lt. Tulio Chirinos, executive officer with the 1687th CHC, 867th CSB, 15th SB.  “[It] also gives the unit a combat multiplier in the form of a [non-commissioned officer] who can train the rest of the unit…it allows us to stay one step ahead of the enemy in an ever changing battle field.”
   
According to Phil Pender, an Australian forces officer with TF Troy, training like this has caused the rate of coalition forces’ IED strikes to stop increasing.  As security operations continue within Baghdad, troops will use any knowledge of the enemy to gain the upper hand.
   
“I like the mission, as long as Soldiers can take the information, adapt it to what works for them and get something out of it,” said Staff Sgt. Bruce Pendleton, counter IED instructor from New London, Conn. “Nothing but positive can come out of it.”

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS:

 
Camp Taji, Iraq - Sgt. Richard Bailey, IED instructor for the B Co., 1/34th Armor, 541st CCSB, 15th SB sits in the gunner%u2019s hatch of a unit%u2019s gun truck during the lane exercise. The Douglasville, Ga. native scans the scene for IEDs on 15 Mar. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Karly Cooper 15th SB, PAO)
Camp Taji, Iraq - Staff Sgt. Bruce Pendleton, a TF Troy instructor from New London, Conn., explains how rocket shells can be used as an IED. The three day training culminated with hands-on lessons for unit IED instructors from around the 15th SB on 15 Mar. (U.S. Army Photo by Spc. Karly Cooper 15th SB, PAO)


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