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Providing Class IV support to the Iraqi army.

Soldiers of the 130th Engineer Brigade contributed to the construction of a new Iraqi army base camp in Northern Iraq by issuing critical force protection materials to the Iraqi 1st Motorized Transportation Regiment (MTR). These high-priority materials were used to supplement force protection measures of the camp. Though this load-up was small, the brigade looked forward to future opportunities to assist the increasingly self-reliant Iraqi security forces.

For the past several months the Iraqi military forces have played an increasing role in maneuver operations to defeat terrorism. However, this transport mission executed by the Iraqi 1st MTR illustrated that the Iraqi army is becoming increasingly proficient at running its own logistical operations in addition to tactical operations. Although the convoy commander for this mission was an Army captain, it is only a matter of time before the Iraqi army is running its support and sustainment convoys autonomously.

The 130th maintained construction and barrier materials on-hand in its Class IV yard to supply theater construction projects. From on-hand materials, the 130th issued required supplies in a short time, allowing projects and mission construction or force protection missions to begin without delay.

Even though the convoy arrived a little behind schedule, the long-awaited force protection materials needed for the new Iraq forward operating base (FOB) were ready for issue. The 130th worked hand in hand with the Iraqi army, which shows a lot of dedication and enthusiasm as it continually moves closer to full self-reliance.

Captain Swartzlander is the S-4 in the 130th Engineer Brigade. His past assignments include survey platoon leader for the 320th Engineer Company (Topographic), executive officer for the 502d Engineer Company (MRB), and S-4 for the 565th Engineer Battalion. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy.

By Captain Jeffrey M. Swartzlander
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Author:Swartzlander, Jeffrey M.
Publication:Engineer: The Professional Bulletin for Army Engineers
Date:Jul 1, 2006
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