FAD troops learn to see in the dark

Djiboutian Army Cpl. Yosin, left, helps a fellow soldier, Mohamed, adjust his night vision goggle headmount during a night-vision goggle training course in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. Soldiers were tested on how quickly they could don their NVG gear during the class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Djiboutian Army Cpl. Yosin, left, helps a fellow soldier, Mohamed, adjust his night vision goggle headmount during a night-vision goggle training course in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. Soldiers were tested on how quickly they could don their NVG gear during the class. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
A Djiboutian soldier enters a dark building during a night vision goggle training exercise in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. During the exercise, the soldiers worked in small teams to navigate obstacles in a dark room to find a designated object and bring it back outside the building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A Djiboutian soldier enters a dark building during a night vision goggle training exercise in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. During the exercise, the soldiers worked in small teams to navigate obstacles in a dark room to find a designated object and bring it back outside the building. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Lee, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion team leader, speaks to Djiboutian soldiers during a night vision goggle training course in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. The course taught the soldiers the components of an NVG kit, accountability, proper wear, usage and tactics such as signaling teammates.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Lee, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion team leader, speaks to Djiboutian soldiers during a night vision goggle training course in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 10, 2016. The course taught the soldiers the components of an NVG kit, accountability, proper wear, usage and tactics such as signaling teammates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
U.S. Army Spc. Christian Kelly, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion team member, adjusts a Djiboutian soldier’s night vision goggles head mount in Djibouti City, Oct. 10, 2016. Soldiers worked in small teams to navigate obstacles in a dark room to find a designated object and bring it back outside the building during the NVG exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Spc. Christian Kelly, Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion team member, adjusts a Djiboutian soldier’s night vision goggles head mount in Djibouti City, Oct. 10, 2016. Soldiers worked in small teams to navigate obstacles in a dark room to find a designated object and bring it back outside the building during the NVG exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
A Djiboutian soldier poses for a photo before taking part in a night vision goggles training exercise in Djibouti City, Oct. 10, 2016. Soldiers learned the components of an NVG kit, accountability, proper wear, usage and tactics such as signaling teammates during the four-day course.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A Djiboutian soldier poses for a photo before taking part in a night vision goggles training exercise in Djibouti City, Oct. 10, 2016. Soldiers learned the components of an NVG kit, accountability, proper wear, usage and tactics such as signaling teammates during the four-day course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

Nearly 40 soldiers from the Djiboutian Army will be able to see in the dark after completing night vision goggle training Oct. 9-12, 2016, in Djibouti City, Djibouti.

 

The training, conducted by members of the U.S. Army’s Charlie Company, 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, which is currently mobilized to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, comes as the Djiboutian troops prepare for a two-year deployment to Somalia, as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia’s effort to remove al-Shabaab from the region.

 

“This will be beneficial for night patrolling, and we will be able to attack the enemy during the night,” said Djiboutian Army Cpl. Marhdi.

 

Given his background training as a sniper, Marhdi said the NVGs and training he and his fellow soldiers receive will better prepare his team to go into Somalia and perform combat operations. “We’ll be able to see them before they see us,” he said.

 

Along with how to wear a set of NVGs, the course also taught the soldiers about the kit’s components, accountability, proper care and usage of the gear, and tactics such as signaling teammates. The training also included exercises where a small team would use their NVGs to navigate obstacles in a darkened building to find a designated object.

 

“My goal is to make this a train-the-trainer setting,” said U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Lee, C Co., 411th CA BN team leader. “We train a select group of people to not only use NVGs effectively, but to teach them to teach others. That way, you create a sustainable cycle.”

 

The Djiboutian soldiers will soon deploy with more tools and abilities to push violent extremist organizations out of Somalia after completing the night vision course.

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