Hammam Al Alil Division Training Center Mosul, Iraq
SPECIAL INSPECTOR GENERAL FOR IRAQ RECONSTRUCTION ARLINGTON VA
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On 8 July 2009, SIGIR performed an on-site assessment of the Hammam Al Alil Division Training Center project. The overall objective of this 3.5 million Iraq Security Forces Fund project was to construct a division training center consisting of new ranges and facilities. The contract required the construction of three multi-purpose small arms ranges, two military operation on urban terrain MOUT facilities, a combat assault course, and 14 three-sided outdoor training structures. At the time of the site visit, the project was approximately 78 complete. SIGIR observed ongoing and completed construction work. SIGIR found project components were adequately designed construction did not fully adhere to the contract quality management programs were in need of improvement and project results were or will be consistent with their original objectives. The contract required the construction and installation of overhead baffles between the firing positions and the terminal end of the range. Overhead baffles were designed to contain all bullets which overshot the berm at the terminal end of the range. However, at the time of the SIGIR site assessment there were no overhead baffles present. The Mosul Area Office representative stated that the overhead baffles were constructed, but were of such poor quality that they were removed. Therefore, the multi-purpose small arms ranges went from being fully contained to non-contained ranges. Documentation that addressed the safety concerns of removing the overhead baffles was not available.
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