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US Marines, Tanzanian Rangers Train to Fight Trafficking
Marines and Sailors conducted small unit tactics training with Tanzanian park rangers at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 2-3.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Kyle Kimbriel, right, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Theater Security Cooperation team with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, helps a Tanzanian park ranger aim an AKM assault rifle in the prone position during a combat marksmanship class at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 3, 2015. The Marines and Sailors will spend the next several weeks teaching the Tanzanian park rangers infantry skills such as patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid in countering illicit trafficking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucas J. Hopkins/Released)
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Photo 1 of 2: U.S. Marine Sgt. Kyle Kimbriel, right, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Theater Security Cooperation team with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, helps a Tanzanian park ranger aim an AKM assault rifle in the prone position during a combat marksmanship class at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 3, 2015. The Marines and Sailors will spend the next several weeks teaching the Tanzanian park rangers infantry skills such as patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid in countering illicit trafficking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucas J. Hopkins/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Kakascik, left, a rifleman and team leader assigned to the Theater Security Cooperation team with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, shows a Tanzanian park ranger how to aim an AKM rifle from the sitting position at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 3, 2015. The Marines and Sailors with the team will spend the next several weeks teaching the Tanzanian park rangers infantry skills such as patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid in counter illicit-trafficking efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucas J. Hopkins/Released)
2 photos: US Marines, Tanzanian rangers train to fight trafficking
Photo 2 of 2: U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Kakascik, left, a rifleman and team leader assigned to the Theater Security Cooperation team with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, shows a Tanzanian park ranger how to aim an AKM rifle from the sitting position at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 3, 2015. The Marines and Sailors with the team will spend the next several weeks teaching the Tanzanian park rangers infantry skills such as patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid in counter illicit-trafficking efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucas J. Hopkins/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Marine Sgt. Kyle Kimbriel, right, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Theater Security Cooperation team with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, helps a Tanzanian park ranger aim an AKM assault rifle in the prone position during a combat marksmanship class at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 3, 2015. The Marines and Sailors will spend the next several weeks teaching the Tanzanian park rangers infantry skills such as patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid in countering illicit trafficking. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucas J. Hopkins/Released)
U.S. Marine Cpl. Joseph Kakascik, left, a rifleman and team leader assigned to the Theater Security Cooperation team with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, shows a Tanzanian park ranger how to aim an AKM rifle from the sitting position at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 3, 2015. The Marines and Sailors with the team will spend the next several weeks teaching the Tanzanian park rangers infantry skills such as patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid in counter illicit-trafficking efforts. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Lucas J. Hopkins/Released)

Fifteen U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Theater Security Cooperation Team-Six, Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa conducted small unit tactics training with more than 40 Tanzanian park rangers at the Selous Game Reserve in Matambwe, Tanzania, March 2-3.

The Marines and Sailors began the training evolution with two days of weapons handling procedures and combat marksmanship training, followed by the basic weapons skills they use for their American M4 and M16 assault rifles, and then demonstrated those techniques on the park rangers’ rifles.

“Weapons handling is a fundamental piece of everything that both we and the Rangers do,” said 1st Lt. Nathanial Kaine, the officer in charge of the team. “This review allows us to have a common foundation on which to build the rest of our training.”

The Tanzanians broke into smaller groups and worked with the Marines and Sailors on other more in-depth skills that will enhance their counter-illicit trafficking capabilities.

“We are very interested in each other, both operationally and culturally,” said Lance Cpl. Jeremy Cuthrell, the primary instructor for the weapons handling and combat marksmanship classes. “They seem to grasp everything perfectly and quickly.”

The Marines and Sailors of SCT-6 will continue working side by side with the Tanzanian park rangers through courses on patrolling, offensive tactics, land navigation and mounted operations to aid the rangers’ battle against illicit trafficking.

“The stronger our relationships are, the better we will be able to convey information, and it will be more likely for the park rangers to emulate the Marines and their conduct. The second, real benefit is building lasting relationships,” noted Kaine.

“I think the beginning of our training set a very positive tone. It was interesting seeing the two groups getting to know each other while becoming friends,” said Kaine.

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