3rd ID soldiers conduct live training with Iraqis

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Soldiers with the 3rd Infantry Division are in Iraq training people there to stand on their own.

The 2-7 Infantry Battalion from Fort Stewart is using live fire exercises to do that. American soldiers work with the Iraqi forces to train them during a combined arms live fire exercise at their long range complex. The soldiers say by showing the Iraqi leadership how to better use their technologies they hope to build an even stronger working relationship and improve skills on both sides.

"Our soldiers had the benefit of this experience," said Maj. Gary Morea. "Those leaders were able to teach, mentor and hone skills, some of which have never done that high intensity conflict type of preparation training and so this provided not only an opportunity to train the Iraqi's, but a chance to train ourselves in the process."

The exercise utilized American tanks, bradleys and the 17th Airborn Division dropped several bombs.

American soldiers had the chance to learn how to build a defensive position. A skill that has not been practiced by this battalion in many years.

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