U.S. Army Civil Affairs Battalion Conducts VETCAP in Ethiopia

BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, shows a camel market to U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion members here May 24. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, shows a camel market to U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion members here May 24. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, speaks with members of the U.S. Army 490 Civil Affairs Battalion at a camel market here May 24. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, speaks with members of the U.S. Army 490 Civil Affairs Battalion at a camel market here May 24. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Maj. Brad Keough, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion veterinarian, holds a sick goat while its temperature is being taken during a Veterinary Civic Action Project at the Babile Public Veterinary Clinic here May 24. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Maj. Brad Keough, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion veterinarian, holds a sick goat while its temperature is being taken during a Veterinary Civic Action Project at the Babile Public Veterinary Clinic here May 24. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Local girls from Babile fill yellow water jugs for their families and communities at the area's main water source during a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 26. Members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Local girls from Babile fill yellow water jugs for their families and communities at the area's main water source during a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 26. Members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A community animal health worker injects the neck of a camel during a Veterinary Civic Action Program conducted by the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion here May 28. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force  †Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A community animal health worker injects the neck of a camel during a Veterinary Civic Action Program conducted by the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion here May 28. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force †Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A community animal health worker injects the left inner leg of a goat during a Veterinary Civic Action Program conducted by the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion here May 28. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A community animal health worker injects the left inner leg of a goat during a Veterinary Civic Action Program conducted by the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion here May 28. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A community animal health worker injects the right flank of a cow during a Veterinary Civic Action Program conducted by the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion here May 28. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A community animal health worker injects the right flank of a cow during a Veterinary Civic Action Program conducted by the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion here May 28. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, poses with the eight community animal health workers, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion veterinary staff and two members of the 490th CA BN force protection during a group photo marking the CAHW's training at the public veterinary clinic here May 23. The Veterinary Civic Action Program's mission is to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, poses with the eight community animal health workers, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion veterinary staff and two members of the 490th CA BN force protection during a group photo marking the CAHW's training at the public veterinary clinic here May 23. The Veterinary Civic Action Program's mission is to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Abdi Hasso, a Babile local farmer makes a post-surgery visit to the clinic here May 22 and tells the staff how his cow was injured. The young calf survived an attack from a hyena a week before the Veterinary Civil Action Project conducted May 21 - June 1. Members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Team, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Abdi Hasso, a Babile local farmer makes a post-surgery visit to the clinic here May 22 and tells the staff how his cow was injured. The young calf survived an attack from a hyena a week before the Veterinary Civil Action Project conducted May 21 - June 1. Members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Team, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, begins his first day of community animal health worker instruction at the Babile Public Veterinary Clinic here May 23. The Veterinary Civic Action Program's mission is to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, begins his first day of community animal health worker instruction at the Babile Public Veterinary Clinic here May 23. The Veterinary Civic Action Program's mission is to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Maj. Brad Keough, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion veterinarian, watches as Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, teaches the community animal health workers during the instructional portion of the Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 23. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - U.S. Army Maj. Brad Keough, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion veterinarian, watches as Dr. Muhammed Ousman, Babile public veterinarian, teaches the community animal health workers during the instructional portion of the Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 23. Members of the U.S. Army 490th CA BN, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A local woman carries a goat to be cared for by the Babile Public Veterinary Clinic staff during a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 23. Members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) CJTF-HOA Photo BABILE, Ethiopia (June 6, 2012) - A local woman carries a goat to be cared for by the Babile Public Veterinary Clinic staff during a Veterinary Civic Action Program here May 23. Members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a VETCAP here May 21 - June 1 to help strengthen the capabilities of the community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)

Partnering with Babile's veterinarian team, members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a Veterinary Civil Action Program here May 21 - June 1.

The VETCAP's mission is to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation.

[Keeping animals healthy will] increase the economic stability of the area, [which] is very important," said U.S. Army Spc. Kelli Helfinstine, 490th CA BN veterinary assistant. "If the animals are healthy, that makes the people healthier because they live off the animals."

Together with Babile public veterinarian, Dr. Muhammed Ousman, U.S. Army 490th CA BN veterinarian Maj. Brad Keough and his two veterinary assistants, Helfinstein and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Kristopher Craighead, shared best practices with eight local community animal health workers. The VETCAP team treated animals in the areas surrounding Babile for mange, lice, worms and tick-borne diseases. All together they treated almost 1,000 animals, including camels, donkeys, sheep and goats.

Local animal workers commented on the benefits that this type of training provides.

"The training helps me in the way that I can make a little bit of money and I can also help my community so they can rely on us. This training gives me the opportunity to provide better service for the community as a whole," said Abdishek Mahmud, community animal health worker, about the lessons learned during the seven days of training.

The health workers expressed their gratitude to the VETCAP for the information they shared.

"We are very grateful to the U.S. for making this opportunity available to us," Mahmud said.

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