July 18th, 2006 04:07 EST
First Iraqi Senior Staff Course Students Graduate
Baghdad, Iraq -Thirty-seven senior Iraqi officers graduated today from the Senior Staff Course of the NATO-supported Iraqi Joint Staff College (JSC) at Ar Rustamiyah.
The course, which began in September 2005, provided the students, who rank from lieutenant colonel to general, with an understanding of international relations, national security, defence policy, leadership, international and humanitarian law. Also included in the course were operational planning methodology, computer use and an English language course.
Members of NATO Training Mission – Iraq (NTM-I) helped the Iraqi JSC Directing Staff to develop the course and then served as mentors, partnering with the staff and assisting in supervising and guiding the students through the 10-month program.
“Everyone proved they have the motivation to do well and achieve the goals of the course,” said the JSC’s Iraqi commandant.. “I’m proud of our new graduates. They are the future of the new Iraq.”
“We’re really proud of what the students are accomplishing and admire their enthusiasm to learn,” said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, NTM-I Commander, following the graduation. “Now the students will fill key positions in the Iraqi Security Forces and make a very real contribution to the secure future of the Iraqi people. Throughout the course they all displayed determination and energy, and the results of their efforts will be more capable and better led Iraqi security forces.”
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and former Prime Minister of Iraq, Ibrahim Jaafari, opened the Joint Staff College Sept. 25, 2005. It is one element of the NATO Training Mission- Iraq, whose mission is to train, advise Iraqi forces and to provide technical assistance and to facilitate donation of equipment.
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