Army Posts Lieutenant General To MNF Security Role
The Army has had a change of command of the MNF Transition Security Command. Lieutenant General Frank Helmick assumed the overall command of the Iraqi MNF Security Transition Command and NATO Iraqi Training mission July 3rd.
Lieutenant General James Dubik is the outgoing commanding officer. General Dubik is retiring after nearly 37 years of faithful army service. The transition security command has grown and aided the Iraqi military and police forces to grow to 185 battalions. These battalions are comprised of Special Operations, National police, and National Army Iraqi Servicemembers.
The various forces that are now under the Iraqi Interior and Defense ministries now number more than 550,000 people. These have all been trained and assisted by the coalition, and these are trained members of the Iraqi Security Forces.
Before coming to Iraq Lieutenant General Helmick was the US Army Southern Europe task force command. The MNF Security Transition command was first established June 28th, 2004 and it has been the leader on previous efforts to rebuild and reconstruct Iraq under the Iraqi Coalition provisional authority.
The Command is set up to help the Iraq government to train, organize and equip the police and military forces.
Iraqi Security has been receiving assistance from the NATO training mission since August of 2004. The NATO command is focused on mentoring professional development, and overall operations of senior police servicemembers.