Burundi National Defense Force Officers Complete Second Phase of African Deployment Training

U.S. Army Master Sergeant Derek Gill, U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) instructor, explains the basics of palletizing to Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldiers during an ADAPT event at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Shelia Salas) CJTF-HOA Photo U.S. Army Master Sergeant Derek Gill, U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) instructor, explains the basics of palletizing to Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldiers during an ADAPT event at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Shelia Salas)
A Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldier untangles a cargo net during a U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) event at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. BNDF soldiers learned palletizing techniques for cargo movements. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas) CJTF-HOA Photo A Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldier untangles a cargo net during a U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) event at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. BNDF soldiers learned palletizing techniques for cargo movements. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas)
U.S. Army Master Sergeant Pablo Rodriguez, U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) instructor, demonstrates how to place a tape measure to calculate a vehicle's length, to Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldiers during an ADAPT event at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas) CJTF-HOA Photo U.S. Army Master Sergeant Pablo Rodriguez, U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) instructor, demonstrates how to place a tape measure to calculate a vehicle's length, to Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldiers during an ADAPT event at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas)
Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldiers calculate a vehicle's weight and measurements during a U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas) CJTF-HOA Photo Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldiers calculate a vehicle's weight and measurements during a U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas)
A Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldier measures a vehicle's length to calculate measurements and weight during a U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013.  ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas) CJTF-HOA Photo A Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) soldier measures a vehicle's length to calculate measurements and weight during a U.S. Army Africa African Deployment Partnership Training (ADAPT) at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 20, 2013. ADAPT prepares BNDF soldiers to become unit movement control officers who move equipment, cargo and personnel to different locations. The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries. Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sergeant Sheila Salas)

More than 20 prospective logistics officers in the Burundi National Defense Force completed a two-week deployment skills course with U.S. Soldiers at Gakumbu Camp, Burundi, March 18-29, 2013 - marking the second phase of deployment training.

Covering convoy operations, hazardous material transportation and proper center and balancing of cargo for transportation, the second phase of African Deployment Partnership Training is designed to help BNDF troops better prepare for real-world deployment of personnel and equipment. This is especially critical since Burundi is a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia and deploys forces there.

"They taught us how to prepare for pre-deployment before going to the mission area or when you reach there," said a BNDF captain taking the ADAPT course. "Also, (they) taught how we can transport dangerous goods, ammunitions or other hazardous materials. This course will help us to know how we can cart our cargo and personnel safely and ensure any transport of any essential items."

Consisting of three separate courses, this second phase of ADAPT focuses on a train-the-trainer concept where BNDF soldiers learn how to instruct other soldiers in their home units. In Phase III, the top graduates here will return, teach the class and share lessons learned with U.S. Soldiers.

"There is a big benefit for (us) because if you did not train well, then you cannot do your job," said the captain. "Now we can do our job to the required standard."

Overall, the goal of ADAPT is to allow the BNDF to train and stand up their deployments independently, said U.S. Army Master Sergeant Derek Gill, 110th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion, an ADAPT instructor.

"I was thoroughly impressed with the Burundian soldiers who picked up on some of the more technical aspects immediately," Gill added.

By and large, the motivation and dedication of the BNDF unit movement control officers were evident to the instructors.

"The stuff you would think most would need to practice a little, they picked it up immediately, which is very impressive," noted Gill.

The ongoing military-to-military engagement with Burundi, a troop-contributing country to the African Union Mission in Somalia, is in support of Combined Joint Task Force Force-Horn of Africa's mission to strengthen the operational capabilities of East African partner-nation militaries to promote security throughout the region.

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