Iraqi Pilots Fly Prime Minister for First
BAGHDAD, Iraq (MNSTCI, by Steven Alvarez) — Two
days after their first training flight on a C-130 cargo plane,
a crew from an Iraqi Air Force squadron were back in the cockpit
for their first mission: flying Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi
round trip from Baghdad to As Sulaymaniwah West.
pilot who flew the aircraft described the mission as a great honor,
one he was grateful to participate in. Allawi arrived at the landing
zone by helicopter and quickly greeted the Squadron 23 crew as
he boarded the cargo plane.
a big job,” said the pilot, who asked not to be identified
for security reasons. “It’s a great thing to do, and
we appreciate the Americans help in getting us trained to do this.”
crew included an engineer, loadmaster and navigator along with
the pilot. They just happened to be on the flight schedule when
Allawi needed transportation, said Maj. Mike Frame, a U.S. Air
Force pilot with the 777th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron who
is training the Iraqis with five other U.S. crew members from
were randomly picked,” Frame said, smiling as he put his
arm around the pilot. “He is their best pilot, though.”
he feels fortunate to have the job of helping train members of
Iraq’s Air Force and witnessing it taking shape.
many times does anyone get a chance to do something like this?”
he said. “It’s just amazing.”
crew members up to speed to fly C-130s wasn’t too difficult,
Frame said. All have prior experience, they just didn’t
have the opportunity to maintain or expand their skills until
Saddam Hussein was no longer in power, he said.
crews are much better than we expected,” Frame said. “They
just need some time to get acquainted with the new plane and new
crew completed a training mission Feb. 9 – their first time
ever in the cockpit of a C-130 – in which they flew five
other crews from their Talil, Iraq-based squadron to Amman, Jordan.
Four of the crews are going through training in Amman; the fifth
continued on for Hercules simulator training in Little Rock, Ark.
States gave Iraq three C-130 cargo planes in January to help incorporate
airlift capabilities into their Air Force. The planes were overhauled
and given new exterior paint jobs, which included Iraqi flags
on the tail sections.
Iraq Police Graduate from Jordan
International Police Training Center
Iraq (CENTCOM) — On Thursday Feb. 17, 1,491 police officers graduated
after completing the thirteenth basic police training course conducted
at the Jordan International Police Training Center.
police training program is designed to provide fundamental and
democratic policing skills based on international human rights
standards to the students in preparation for assuming police officer
responsibilities. The program consists of four weeks of general
policing and four weeks of tactical police training.
To date, 11,158
police officers have completed the course which is taught by police
trainers from Iraq, Jordan, Canada, Sweden, Slovenia, Austria,
Finland, Czech Republic, Singapore, Poland, Slovakia, Australia,
Hungary, Belgium, United Kingdom and United States.
The new officers
will return to Iraq where they will be assigned to police stations
throughout the country.