Fort Stewart soldiers live and work with Iraqi counterparts

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Some Fort Stewart Soldiers are now not only working along side their Iraqi counterparts, they are also living with them.

It is called A-CREP, or Apache Combined Resident Exchange Program.

The program brings soldiers of the 5-7 Cavalry to live and train with the Iraqi Federal Police.

This allows them to share responsibilities during training and combined missions.

Soldiers say while there are some communication barriers, they are learning a lot from each other; both culturally and professionally.

"With them being with us 24 hours a day, they really see every aspect of what we do that goes into our missions," said Lt. Chris Colvin, Apache Troop, 5-7 Cavalry. "So they are there for all the training and practice we do, rehearsals, all the planning pieces and execution. Another benefit is building relationships."

The program began back in April at a base in Iraq.

Now several units in Afghanistan are following suit and living and working with their Iraqi counterparts.

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