NEWS | Aug. 7, 2015

Coalition leaders assess BPC program, ISF development

By CJTF - Operation Inherent Resolve Public Affairs

CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Aug. 5, 2015 – Since January, more than 60 coalition partners from around the world have joined Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve to help Iraq defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Leaders from the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command – Iraq, a component of CJTF-OIR, recently met to assess the current training model for Iraqi security forces, and to develop lasting solutions in the building partner capacity mission.

Among the topics discussed were the length of instruction, capturing lessons learned in training through a comprehensive assessment program, and leadership development.

For an army currently engaged in a war, the opportunity to send units for longer training isn’t easy. Iraqi leaders have to balance keeping troops available to fight ISIL and sending them to train at one of the five coalition-led BPC sites across Iraq.

Capturing lessons learned from both combat and training to improve the readiness of the ISF was one of the most heavily discussed topics, along with the need for strong leadership within the ranks.

“An effective assessments regime is the mark of a healthy learning organization,” said a coalition officer who oversees ISF development. “Any gains we make in the field of assessments, especially when it directly involves our Iraqi partners, is a step in the right direction.”

Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Green, command sergeant major of CJFLCC-I, said that leadership comes with an obligation.

“Anybody assuming a position of authority or responsibility has to meet the competencies required of that position,” Green said. “The most important part of enhancing leadership is providing an example of 'what right looks like,' and mentorship.”

One of the ways that CJFLCC-I accomplishes this mission is by pairing ISF leaders with coalition leaders during training.

“By way of example and coaching, we look to enhance leadership skills,” Green said.

The conference highlights the coalition’s commitment to the BPC mission in Iraq as security forces fight to defeat ISIL. Nearly 11,000 ISF and Peshmerga forces have been trained at the BPC sites, with approximately 1,100 currently in training.