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U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Airmen assigned to the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron instructed Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) personnel during a week-long Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course, here, Oct. 7-11, 2019.
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members crouch, alert to a simulated threat during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 1 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members crouch, alert to a simulated threat during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members confer during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 2 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members confer during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Caleb Love, left, and Michael Augustus, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team members, bury a training improvised explosive device during an IED Awareness Course for the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 3 of 16: U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Caleb Love, left, and Michael Augustus, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team members, bury a training improvised explosive device during an IED Awareness Course for the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members learn about improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 4 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members learn about improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member speaks to instructors during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 5 of 16: A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member speaks to instructors during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Love, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, shows members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit disturbed earth, a common sign indicating improvised explosive devices, during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 6 of 16: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Love, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, shows members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit disturbed earth, a common sign indicating improvised explosive devices, during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members search for improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 7 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members search for improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member practices vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 8 of 16: A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member practices vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members practice vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 9 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members practice vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) 2nd Lt. Amadou Belloh Abdoulaye, Genie Unit combat engineer, speaks to instructors during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 10 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) 2nd Lt. Amadou Belloh Abdoulaye, Genie Unit combat engineer, speaks to instructors during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members search for improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 11 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members search for improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member moves toward a simulated attacker during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 12 of 16: A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member moves toward a simulated attacker during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Love, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, teaches members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit how to locate an improvised explosive device during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, set up a cordon and procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 13 of 16: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Love, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, teaches members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit how to locate an improvised explosive device during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, set up a cordon and procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Cummings, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Security Force Air Advisor, and a member of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) trade patches after an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course for in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 14 of 16: U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Cummings, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Security Force Air Advisor, and a member of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) trade patches after an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course for in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members confer about a simulated threat during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 15 of 16: Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members confer about a simulated threat during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) pose for a photo during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course for the in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
16 photos: U.S. advisors train with Nigerien forces
Photo 16 of 16: U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) pose for a photo during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course for the in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III) Download full-resolution version
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members crouch, alert to a simulated threat during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members confer during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airmen Caleb Love, left, and Michael Augustus, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team members, bury a training improvised explosive device during an IED Awareness Course for the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members learn about improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member speaks to instructors during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Love, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, shows members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit disturbed earth, a common sign indicating improvised explosive devices, during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members search for improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member practices vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members practice vehicle procedures during an Improvised Explosive Devices Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) 2nd Lt. Amadou Belloh Abdoulaye, Genie Unit combat engineer, speaks to instructors during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During the week-long course, the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members search for improvised explosive devices during an IED Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
A Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit member moves toward a simulated attacker during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Caleb Love, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member, teaches members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit how to locate an improvised explosive device during an IED Awareness Course in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, set up a cordon and procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Brandon Cummings, 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Security Force Air Advisor, and a member of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) trade patches after an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course for in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. During this week-long course, the FAN learned how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and the procedures to clear the area. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) Genie Unit members confer about a simulated threat during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course taught by members of the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team and Security Forces Air Advisors in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron and members of the Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) pose for a photo during an Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course for the in Niamey, Niger, Oct. 11, 2019. The course is part of a curriculum spanning several months designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alex Fox Echols III)

Airmen assigned to the 768th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron instructed Forces Armées Nigeriennes (Nigerien Armed Forces) personnel during a week-long Improvised Explosive Device Awareness Course, here, Oct. 7-11, 2019.

Expanding on the U.S. Armed Forces/FAN partnership, members of the 768th EABS Explosive Ordnance Disposal team assisted by 768th EABS Security Forces Air Advisors trained FAN Genie Unit members during the course, which is part of a curriculum spanning several months.

“I take a lot of pride in seeing how far they’ve come from when we first showed up here just three months ago,” said Senior Airman Caleb Love, 786th EABS EOD team member. “A lot of the [FAN] soldiers out here only receive some initial training when they join the military and receive no additional training for the rest of their career. If it wasn’t for these courses, they wouldn’t receive any training before they deploy.”

This overall joint knowledge exchange curriculum is designed to improve the FAN’s effectiveness and survivability once they deploy to combat the violent extremist organizations in West Africa.

While the 768th EABS EOD Team leads the charge for this program, the Security Forces Air Advisors help ensure the joint knowledge exchange is executed properly and lend their expertise in security tactics by teaching classes related to those skills.

“I couldn’t ask for a better experience,” said Senior Airman Brandon Cummings, 786th EABS Security Forces Air Advisor. “The individuals that we are training are very friendly and receptive to the information that we are teaching them. It’s just an awesome experience to work with our host nation counterparts like this.”

During the week of training, the Airmen taught FAN personnel valuable skills for the deployed environment such as how to locate and react to an IED, how to set up a cordon and procedures to clear the area. Also on the syllabus were movement tactics, reacting to contact and how to work in and out of a vehicle.

“This week we learned something new, and we refreshed our knowledge,” said FAN 2nd Lt. Amadou Belloh Abdoulaye, Genie Unit combat engineer. “The situation of our country is very difficult and complex. So this training is very important. [It] is always welcome.”

The next block of joint training will begin in a couple of weeks, expanding on the trainees’ knowledge and the bond that is forged between two allies striving for a common goal.

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