Helmick Takes Helm of Training Mission in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 3, 2008 Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick assumed command of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and the NATO training mission in Iraq during a ceremony at the Iraqi Cultural Center here today.
Helmick relieved Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, who will retire after 37 years of service.
Under Dubik’s leadership, the security transition command helped the Iraqi military and police forces grow to nearly 185 army, national police and special operations battalions. The forces under the Iraq’s ministries of Interior and Defense now number more than 550,000.
Prior to today’s assumption of command, Helmick was the commanding general of the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force.
Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq was established June 28, 2004, building on previous efforts under the Coalition Provisional Authority. The command helps the government of Iraq organize, train and equip its military and police forces.
NATO’s training mission in Iraq was established Aug. 14, 2004, to provide training and assistance to the Iraqi security forces. Key focus areas include officer professional development, mentoring of high-level Iraqi military and police operations center personnel and training of leaders.