Djiboutian Military Works With American
Forces to Perfect Small Boat Operations
By Cpl. Jeff M. Nagan
Djibouti (CJTF) – Explosives Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 8 recently
taught soldiers of the Djiboutian military how to accomplish water
borne missions and small boat operations.
servicemembers learned navigation skills, water survival and beach
reconnaissance, which are skills they can teach to their soldiers,
according to Petty Officer 1st Class Chad L. Harris, EOD senior
technician, Mobile Unit 8.
requested the training, and since we have the capability to train
them, we are,” Harris said. “We are training 10 to
14 leaders to train the rest of their troops. We are instructing
them on how to instruct their troops.”
Djiboutian soldiers haven’t done regular missions in water,
the training they’ve received will help strengthen their
military’s capability, Harris said. Fighting the global
war on terrorism requires each nation to maximize their capabilities.
soldiers are excited about learning, and they want to learn more,”
Harris said. “They haven’t had much boat experience.
This class has broadened their training aspect and has made them
When the course
first started, many of the students didn’t know what to
expect, said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Wallis, EOD technician,
Mobile Unit 8. However, once the classes began, the students were
anxious and excited to be there learning, and the instructors
were excited to teach.
is our first time interacting with foreign nationals in a teaching
environment,” Wallis said. “We’re pretty excited
about doing it. This is one of the best things I’ve had
the chance to do since being in Djibouti.”
For many of
the Djiboutian soldiers, this is a first for them, Wallis said.
The classes have given the Djiboutian servicemembers a chance
to interact with American military personnel, which for many of
them is their first time.
class has helped establish a better relationship between Djibouti
and the American military,” Wallis said. “It has also
helped the soldiers to better protect themselves and fight terrorism.”
General Warns of Terror Threat in Horn Of Africa
(VOA) The head of U.S. anti-terrorism forces in the Horn of Africa
says members of al-Qaida and other militant groups are using lawless
parts of the region to train and plan new attacks.
In an interview with Reuters news service, Major
General Samuel Helland said rooting out militants from the region
has been difficult due to their ability to blend in with local
The general said U.S. forces are helping governments
in the area with security training to counter the threat, and
said this assistance includes helping civilians in those countries.
The operating area for the U.S. anti-terrorism
taskforce includes Kenya and Tanzania, where U.S. embassies were
attacked by terrorists in 1998, and Yemen, where militants attacked
the Navy ship USS Cole in 2000.