Our nation’s finest have been on the African continent for years, developing lasting friendships through military-to-military training and cooperation. Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is at the tip of this effort, to boost skills and build relationships.
BUJUMBURA, Burundi, Sep 18, 2013 — U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Burundi National Defense Force combat engineers conducted a Humanitarian Mine Action exercise in Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug. 5-23, 2013.
The exchange allowed the service members an opportunity to share best practices and gain a better understanding of how to conduct unexploded ordnance reconnaissance, basic demolition procedures, rigging for remote movement, and safe-handling and storage procedures.
A combination of classroom and hands-on instruction, the exchange was designed “to improve basic explosive ordnance disposal knowledge,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Lincoln Saucier, a Warwick, R.I. native.
Burundi supplies troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia, an active, regional peacekeeping mission. The exchange will help prepare the Burundian soldiers for potential deployments to Somalia.