The latest group of Iraqi Forward Air Controllers has graduated from training under Australian and New Zealand tutelage following a 10-week course.
CAPTION: Australian Army officer Captain Nicholas Waugh confirms range and target coordinates with an Iraqi Army officer during a Forward Air Controller course live-fire component at Besmayah Range, Iraq. Photo by Corporal Chris Beerens.
The course qualified the graduates to call in and safely manage close air support missions to assist troops open the ground.
Selected students from across the Iraqi Army conducted live-fire practices with Australian and New Zealand instructors from Task Group Taji as part of their final certification process at the Besmaya Range Complex east of Baghdad.
Students coordinated precision air-to-ground strikes on simulated targets as they completed their final assessment before qualifying as Forward Air Controllers.
This course also upgraded some previously qualified and experienced forward air controllers to become instructors on future courses.
Defence Force personnel from Australia and New Zealand are training members of the Iraqi Security Forces to defeat the Daesh terrorist group.
They are deployed on active service to Iraq as part of Task Group Taji 5.
The training they are delivering includes, the laws of armed conflict, weapons handling, first aid, vehicle checkpoints, explosive-hazards awareness, building clearances and obstacle breaching techniques.
Instruction is inclusive of tactics, techniques and procedures from squad- through to company-level operations for use in the fight against Daesh.