Mentoring a New Class of Leaders in Iraq


Sgt. Bobby “Smoke” BrewsterSergeants first class not only are platoon sergeants and senior enlisted section leaders, but they also are responsible for training and mentoring other soldiers.

Army Sgt.1st Class Bobby “Smoke” Brewster, an artillery platoon sergeant assigned to the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, currently performs these duties while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

Brewster is on his seventh deployment, his fourth to Iraq, and is responsible for teaching classes on M198 155mm howitzers at the Ghuzlani Eagle Training Site on Contingency Operating Site Marez. Brewster explains his role as ensuring the American and Iraqi soldiers in his class are able to “carry out the mission and complete operations” safely.

Brewster and the other “Black Dragon” soldiers began training their Iraqi counterparts in June, and in addition to training the Iraqi soldiers, the division also conducts security missions and escorts the Ninewa Provincial Reconstruction Team throughout U.S. Division-North.

After serving in the Army for more than two decades, Brewster said he still has a couple of years left in him after this deployment.

“I’m going on 22 years of being in the military, and I’m still having fun,” said Brewster. “It’s all about training and being able to be with the troops. I love doing it, so I think I got a couple of years left in me.”

Meanwhile, the soldiers of the 4th Advice and Assist Brigade will continue their support operations in U.S. Division-North before heading home later this fall.

Read the full story Black Dragons bring ‘Smoke,’ train troops, by Spc. Terence Ewings, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade Public Affairs, 1st Cavalry Division, U.S. Division-North