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Forward Operating Base Delta, Iraq - U.S. troops are teaching Iraqi soldiers the basics of welding. The training is meant to provide the Iraqi Army with sustainable skills to help ensure self-sufficiency before U.S. forces withdraw from Iraq. The six-day welding courses begin by emphasizing shop safety and then progress to oxy-acetylene welding. The class currently underway is the third of its kind.
U.S. Troops Teach Iraqi Soldiers to Weld- 4/28/2009
"All of the training is very good right now, and we are getting good experience from the U.S. soldiers," says Pvt. Hussam Kaidair Abdulhadi, 8th Motor Transport Regiment (MTR), one of three Iraqi Army soldiers in the class. "We can teach the other soldiers who are working at the 8th MTR using the training and the new welding techniques and methods we've learned here."
"They are doing outstanding," says Sgt. Richard Fierro, shop foreman, service and repair section, Company B, 589th Brigade Support Battalion. "They're really motivated and ready to learn the welding techniques we're trying to teach them. They're giving us feedback and asking a lot of questions, which is outstanding.”
The welding skills gained benefit the 8th MTR and may also provide job opportunities in the future.
"I hope to pass on these skills to the soldiers at the 8th MTR, but I can also use these skills in the future for a job outside of the Iraqi Army," says Sgt. Rahim Taraq, 8th MTR.
"It's been a great experience working with these guys, giving them hands-on training, and working with the Iraqi Army is a great experience for both of us," says Staff Sgt. Philip Daniels, section chief, S and R section, Co. B, 589th BSB. "It's really rewarding."