U.S. Soldiers Partner with DJAF Cadets

U.S. Army Capt. Craig Webb, team leader, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, discusses driving routes with fellow CA team members on Nov. 4, 2014. 407th Civil Affairs Battalion Team Leader discusses Driving Routes with Fellow CA Team Members

U.S. Army Capt. Craig Webb, team leader, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, discusses driving routes with fellow CA team members on Nov. 4, 2014. The CA team discussed safety procedures prior to driving off camp to avoid any mishaps that may happen along the way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

U.S. Army Capt. Craig Webb, team leader, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, discusses driving routes with fellow CA team members on Nov. 4, 2014. 407th Civil Affairs Battalion Team Leader discusses Driving Routes and Safety Procedures

U.S. Army Capt. Craig Webb, team leader, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion, discusses driving routes with fellow CA team members on Nov. 4, 2014. The CA team discussed safety procedures prior to driving off camp to avoid any mishaps that may happen along the way. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Staff Sgt. Justin Hoffman, Team 0733 “Team Banjo,” Charlie Company, 407th CA Battalion Sergeant, shares negotiation methods with Arta Interservice Military Academy cadets on Nov. 4, 2014. 407th CA Battalion Sergeant shares Negotiation Methods with Arta Interservice Military Academy Cadets

Staff Sgt. Justin Hoffman, Team 0733 “Team Banjo,” Charlie Company, 407th CA Battalion Sergeant, shares negotiation methods with Arta Interservice Military Academy cadets on Nov. 4, 2014. After the in class training, the AMIA cadets utilized their education in a group training exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Djiboutian Cadets, continue the third full week of civil affairs training, provided by the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion on Nov. 4, 2014. 
Djiboutian Cadets continue Third Full Week of Civil Affairs Training

Djiboutian Cadets, continue the third full week of civil affairs training, provided by the 407th Civil Affairs Battalion on Nov. 4, 2014. The Djiboutian cadets will be completing their third year at AMIA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Arta Interservice Military Academy cadets work through negotiation skills during training exercises Nov. 4, 2014, at the academy. Arta Interservice Military Academy Cadets work through Negotiation Skills during Training Exercises

Arta Interservice Military Academy cadets work through negotiation skills during training exercises Nov. 4, 2014, at the academy. Members of the Civil Affairs Team 0733 “Team Banjo,” Charlie Company, 407th CA Battalion, prepared the cadets to collaborate with the civilian population and to understand the dynamics that go along with military operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeromy Shoell, Charlie Company, 407th Civil Affairs team Sergeant and Arta Interservice Military Academy Cadets exchange cultural knowledge at the AMIA in Djibouti Nov. 4, 2014. Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jeromy Shoell, Charlie Company, 407th Civil Affairs team Sergeant and Arta Interservice Military Academy Cadets exchange cultural knowledge at the AMIA in Djibouti Nov. 4, 2014. Cadets demonstrated different greeting and sitting positions, explaining reasons of respect. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Charlie Company, 407th Civil Affairs Battalion educated 19 Djibouti Armed Forces cadets during their ongoing partnership with Arta Interservices Military Academy (AMIA), Nov. 4, 2014.

The relationship works towards building leaders for civil military cooperation (CIMIC), army logistics and intelligence collection, preparing cadets to enable security cooperation and neutralize violent extremist organizations.

The DJAF recognizes that the U.S. has recently spent more than a decade fighting and has unique insights and the “how to” on defeating violent extremist organizations that the DJAF are currently encountering.

“The DJAF are tapping the resources they have here, building relationships with U.S. forces that are present at Camp Lemonier and supporting their long-term institution,” said Webb. “It’s the first time they’ve had any training along these lines. The training will be new material and will equip them for combat operations of their own down the line.”

There are two different missions taught at the academy. The first is an enduring mission under Title 10, where the CA team has English discussion groups twice a week, spending approximately eight hours a week at the AMIA.

The second is training under Title 22, which includes the CIMIC. Title 22 of the U.S. code outlines the role of foreign relations and allows the U.S. to train partner nation militaries.

“It was a great experience and it felt very realistic,” said Djamal, a third-year cadet at AMIA. “We learned how to negotiate with the CIMIC and we got to practice what we learned in class.”

By providing real world scenarios, this training offers the cadets experiences on what to expect during future deployments.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to work with the DJAF on an enduring basis, and I think that we are at the ground floor of that relationship in a lot of ways,” said Webb.   “I look forward to seeing how this program develops while we are here, how it transitions to the next unit and watching what happens beyond. It’s a long-term goal.”

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