Hatra (al-Hadra) a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Iraq being guarded by US forces on April 15, 2007. The site is now situated in territory claimed by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant). Photo: Joe Welch, currently stationed with the 1st Armored Division at Fort Bliss, Texas. All rights reserved.
The COCOM Cultural Heritage Action Group (CCHAG) provides global operations, planning, training and reach back support that promotes Cultural Property Protection (CPP) during full spectrum operations for COCOM (Combatant Command) and Joint Force planners and engineers worldwide. CCHAG develops CPP training aids that increase cultural awareness within DoD at the senior leadership, command and tactical levels. CCHAG’s mission is provide support to improve compliance with DoD directives and regulations as well as applicable laws and treaties that govern the protection of cultural property during military activities.