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Minnesota Soldiers aid in advancement of Iraqi Forces

Ten Soldiers of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry and one Navy Corpsman wrapped up training of an Iraqi Battalion in Rawah, Iraq this month

The team, which makes up the 237th Iraq Military Transition Team (MiTT) "Desert Dragons," mentored the Iraqi Battalion, while conducting Counter Insurgency Operations in the Al Anbar Province March marks the end of the second 5-month training period the team has conducted, the first of which was in Al Qaim

Working with approximately 500 Iraqi Soldiers, the 237th MiTT has been administering a large portion of the training in an "on-the-job-training" format The Minnesota Soldiers have worked with the Iraqis on everything from making sure Iraqi Soldiers are promoted properly, to repelling attacks on Camp Al Qaim, to even arresting 20 high-level insurgents

Throughout the training of Iraqi Battalions across the country of Iraq, a huge obstacle has been retention and accountability of Iraqi Soldiers The 237th MiTT countered these problems with increasing Iraqi Army pay system proficiency, developing a Soldier Tracking database, initiating promotions and developing administrative policy for the Iraqis

The 237th MiTT is one of several Transition Teams working with Iraqi forces around country of Iraq Transition Teams are key to turning over law and order responsibilities to the Iraqis

By Cpl Joe Roos
Mar 22, Iraqi Military Transition Team photo gallery.

3/22/07 237th Iraq Military Transition Team teleconference
Maj. Wade Bastian gives an update on the mission in Iraq.
(Run time 33:18)

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