New Zealand Defence Force personnel depart for a Mission Readiness Exercise in Australia
17 October 2015
The second rotation of New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) personnel to Iraq departed from the Ohakea Air Force Base today for a Mission Readiness Exercise in Australia.
The contingent of approximately 100 NZDF personnel will include those who will deploy to Iraq for the Building Partner Capacity training mission, as well as exercise support staff.
During the week-long exercise at Enoggera Military Camp, and other Australian Defence Force (ADF) facilities, ADF and NZDF personnel will integrate into the single Task Group that will train the Iraqi Security Forces.
The Exercise will include a series of scenarios designed to ensure the Task Group trainers are ready, and to demonstrate to their senior commanders that they are fully prepared for the tasks and environment they will face in Iraq.
Those travelling to the exercise include trainers, health, logistics and force protection personnel, as well as headquarters staff.
“Although the combined training means that our personnel will spend additional time away from home before the deployment, it provides the opportunity for relationships to start to be built. The previous Mission Readiness Exercise proved invaluable as it enabled the first Task Group to hit the ground running when they got to Taji,” said Acting Land Component Commander Colonel (COL) Rob Gillard.
Task Group Taji, the combined Australian and New Zealand group which has been training Iraqi Security Forces since late April, is achieving good progress in enabling Iraqi soldiers through training.
“Approximately 2,100 Iraqi soldiers have completed unit-level and individual specialty courses conducted by the Task Group,” said COL Gillard.