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News | May 30, 2019

Pedagogy through support, Warrant Officer’s Johann know-how.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Warrant Officer Johann has been deployed 11 times on foreign missions in 19 years of service. Currently in Iraq, he is one of the 40 or so French soldiers from Task Force Narvik, which is a component of the training pillar of Operation Chammal.


He is the head of the section of the Counter - Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED), whose mission is to train the Iraqi cell of the same name of the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service Academy (ICTS) in the fight against IEDs.


To carry out his training, he can count on two C-IED instructors, five assistant instructors and a pair of mine-clearers. He also has solid knowledge; in France, this experienced non-commissioned officer served for three years as an engineering instructor in urban action and was twice employed as an advisor during his deployments abroad.


"In 2011, in Afghanistan, I was guiding the engineering cell of the Afghan Officer School. Then I had the opportunity in the United Arab Emirates to train combat instructors in urban areas of the Emirates and the Emirates combat engineering sections during certain exercises," explained Johann.


He is currently teaching an eight-week course for future sappers, while accompanying Iraqi instructors from the second school (specialty school) of the ICTS Academy. Trainees learn to operate in a so-called MUNEX and IED environment, i.e. an environment where the main threats are unexploded ordnance and improvised explosives.


According to Warrant Officer Johann, the secret of good training is to be based on "pedagogy through support. We should not seek to impose a pedagogical method on Iraqi instructors but rather rely on their capacities, skills and experience in order to improve ‘step by step’ their pedagogical method, which is already at a very high level.”


This mission is rewarding on a human level, said Warrant Officer Johann: “The Iraqi instructors make us feel that they are particularly attached to our presence and are very receptive to the advice given. My best memory will be their attachment to the French, their open-mindedness and above all their fight to see Iraq move forward in the war against Daesh and regain total freedom.”


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- L' adjudant johann RICART chef de stage CIED, le sergent Fabien de HERDT et l'instructeur irakien autour du stagiaire irakien, afin de contrôler et orienter les gestes du stagiare irakien déterrant une mine.

- Du 04 mai au 22 juin 2019, au sein de la deuxième école de l’ICTS (Iraki Counter Terrorism Service), se déroule le stage C-IED (Counter IED Course). Ce dernier est à dominante génie. Les 33 participants seront encadrés par 4 instructeurs irakiens eux-mêmes mentorés par 8 instructeurs Français de la Task Force Narvik issus du 6° RG. Ce stage d’une durée de 8 semaines sera organisé de la manière suivante :
- Les cinq premières semaines (SEARCH COURSE SURVIVABILTY) sont centrées sur l’évolution des sapeurs sous la menace IED et MUNEX où sont mises en pratique les techniques de recherche, de protection et de sauvegarde ainsi que sur la destruction d’un certain type d’IED.
-Les trois dernières semaines (SAPPER COURSE) sont centrées sur la qualification à l’emploi d’explosif dans le cadre de bréchage de bâtiments ou de destruction de munitions et d’IED.

- Lancée le 19 septembre 2014, l'opération Chammal est le nom donné au volet français de l'opération interalliée Inherent Resolve (OIR) rassemblant plus de 60 nations.
A la demande du gouvernement irakien et en coordination avec les alliés de la France présents dans la région, elle vise à apporter un soutien militaire aux forces locales engagées dans le combat contre Daesh sur leur territoire.
Le 08 septembre 2015, sur décision du président de la République et face à la menace terroriste pesant sur la France, la zone d'intervention de l'opération Chammal est étendue à la Syrie, afin de pouvoir frapper également les centres depuis lesquels Daesh planifie et organise ses attaques.
Le 20 novembre 2015, à la suite des attentats perpetrés à Paris, l'adoption par les Nations Unies de la résolution 2249 marque la détermination de la communauté int