First Class Advances From Coalition And Allied Designed Training
There is a great need for trained and certified mechanics in Iraq. The first class of mechanics to graduate from the new Coalition designed training course graduated December 30th, 2007. About one hundred fifty new mechanics received their diplomas, having successfully completed that training.
The students were all soldiers, but the training they received will serve them well even after they leave the Iraqi Armed Forces. They received training in cooling, brake, mechanical, engine, clutch, and other systems, as well as a general training course dealing with mechanical operations and tool use.
“I did not have any real knowledge of how a car functions, or what a mechanic does,” said IA Specialist Mohamed Kadr Godeap. “Now, I know how things work and what to do,” said Godeap. Godeap talked further about how his training will help him in life after he gets out of the service.
“In the Army I drive an ambulance, and I have to keep it ready for action at any time. Now if something happens mechanically I am ready for it,” said Godeap. “And I can become a mechanic and support my family after I leave the Army,” remarked Godeap.
Iraqi Army Major General Abdul Ameer also attended the graduation ceremony and spoke a few words.
“This is the first of many classes of students, and is a victory for the Iraqi people,” said Ameer. “We are starting to do for ourselves more and more, and the hard work here by every student has paid off for them, and for our country,” said General Ameer.