US service members hunker down for French Desert Commando Course

U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Keifer Davis, 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bayonet, stacks rocks as he sets up a defensive position on the first day of a French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex near Arta, Djibouti, Nov. 26, 2017. The 12-day course will expose service members to the fundamentals of desert combat, survival, and troop movements while also bridging language and cultural barriers between the French and American troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore)
U.S. Army National Guard Spc. Keifer Davis, 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Bayonet, stacks rocks as he sets up a defensive position on the first day of a French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex near Arta, Djibouti, Nov. 26, 2017. The 12-day course will expose service members to the fundamentals of desert combat, survival, and troop movements while also bridging language and cultural barriers between the French and American troops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore)
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US service members hunker down for French Desert Commando Course

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