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controls on the T407 before test flying the aircraft, recently, during a partnership day prior to the official ceremony in Iraq.


photo: U.S. Army Spc. Amie J. McMillan “With these aircraft, plus the skilled pilots


and maintenance technicians being developed, these T-407s will greatly enhance Iraqi Security Forces and their ability to protect and defend the people of this nation,” Hanson said. The United States remains committed to


working with Iraq as a strategic partner in an effort


country.


to ensure peace and security for their “I want to thank all of our friends from the


United States because they are always commit- ted to supporting Iraq’s journey in democracy


and helping us keep security and fight terrorism,” said Iraqi Army Gen. Babakir, commander of Iraq’s armed forces and Ministry of Defense chief of staff. “The U.S. is looking to establish a long-


term partnership with Iraq and this is an impor- tant stepping stone to making that happen. The Iraqis are doing extremely well at taking this new technology and learning, training and equipping themselves, as well as putting it Fitzner added. abcd


into practice,”


Army Chief Warrant Officer Jason Glenn, experimental test pilot, shows an Iraqi pilot the different


Brig. Gen. Khalif, Iraqi commander, explores the inside of a brand new T407 helicopter, recently, in Iraq. photo: U.S. Army Spc. Amie J. McMillan


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