FOB Grizzly, Iraq – Sgt. Eugenio Santiago
and Cpl. Tyrone Nichols, Soldiers from D Company 250th Brigade Support
Battalion, coordinated training for Iraqi Soldiers from 3-37th Iraqi Brigade, on the new .50-caliber machine guns the Iraqi Army recently purchased.
“The Iraqi Army received new weapons
they never owned before, so we got together to set up training for the soldiers,” said Sgt. Santiago.
Sgt. Santiago is originally from the 328th Military Police Combat Support Company. He was reassigned to D Company
when his company was activated to deploy because his son, Sgt. Eugenio Santiago III, was in the same unit as he was and was also deploying. He was a .50-caliber machine gun instructor at Fort Dix and trained more than 15,500 Soldiers within two years.
Cpl. Nichols also worked at Fort Dix mobilizing and demobilizing Soldiers. After
processing more than 25,000 Soldiers, he decided to volunteer to go overseas with his brother Spc. Kiem Robinson.
Sgt. Santiago, Cpl. Nichols and the Soldiers from 3rd squad, 3rd platoon, D Company, 250th, conducted a four-day class on the fundamentals of the .50-caliber
machine gun. They trained the Iraqi soldiers on the basic
Above: Cpl. Tyrone Nichols inspects the chamber of the .50 caliber machine gun to make sure it is clear of any ammunition. Below: Sgt. Eugenio Santiago (l) and Cpl. Nichols (r) watch as an Iraqi Army lieutenant from the 3-37th Iraqi Brigade, charges the machine gun during the familiarization fire in the 250th's test fire pit.