BAGHDAD – U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, NATO Training Mission-Iraq commander, conducted a NATO Medal Parade Ceremony at Forward Operating Base Union III here March 16 for NTM-I advisors and staff who have finished their tour and are departing the mission.
In speaking to his personnel, Lt. Gen. Ferriter highlighted NTM-I's accomplishments and the progress that it has made here: the graduation of nearly 10,000 Iraqi Federal Police; the graduation of more than 2,000 cadets at the Iraqi Military Academy Ar Rustamiyah; the introduction of new Oil Police courses and the continuation of others courses in Iraq supported by NATO; the success achieved by several out-of-country training courses; and more than 2,000 Iraqi officers and noncommissioned officers have participated in the NATO Centers of Excellence for specialized training.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, Commander NATO Training
Mission-Iraq awards a medal to the Training & Equipment Synchronization
Cell Branch Head, POL Col Kulagin during the Medal Parade.
Lt. Gen. Ferriter presented the NATO medal to NTM-I personnel leaving the mission, and thanked them for their dedicated service to the NATO in Iraq. He also welcomed new personnel to the NTM-I team saying he is confident that will maintain the same high level of professional standards as their predecessors.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commander NATO Training
Mission-Iraq during the Medal Parade
The NATO Training Mission in Iraq(NTM-I) was established in 2004 at the request of the Iraqi Interim Government under the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1546. The aim of NTM-I is to assist in the development of Iraqi security forces training structures and institutions so that Iraq can build an effective and sustainable capability that address the needs of the nation.
NTM-I is not a combat mission but is a distinct mission, under the political control of NATO's North Atlantic Council. Its operational emphasis is on training and mentoring. The activities of the mission are coordinated with Iraqi authorities and the US-led Deputy Commanding General Advising and Training (DCG (A&T)) who is also dual-hatted as the Commander of NTM-I. NATO has an enduring commitment to Iraq.
NTM-I Recent Accomplishments:
Iraqi Federal Police Training
15 courses, 9443 graduates; 132 "T3” and 29 "T5” certified trainers Oil Police Training
2 courses, 158 graduates; 21 "T3”
Full Operational Capability achieved in July 2009 and Self Sustainable capability achieved in November 2010.
National Defence University
Basic Officers Commissioning Course - 2576 graduates
Joint Staff Course - 397 graduates
Brigade/Battalion Command Courses - 36 graduates
National Defence College - 77 graduates
WAR College - 1st course is ongoing (22 students)
IMAR T3 Course - 30 graduates
JSCC Method of Instruction Course - 15 graduates
Defence Language Institute – 558 graduates
Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Course and Basic Tactical Training
7 SNCO courses with 311 graduates and 9 Battle Staff Training Courses with 234 graduates
Battle Staff Training Courses on going with 86 participants
2 T3 Courses with 97 graduates
NATO Out of Country Courses
26 Courses with 564 participants up to Nov 2010
2133 graduates since 2004;
484 projected on 2011
112,2 million Euro