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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkinabe Colonel-Major Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the president of Burkina Faso and president of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers May 1, 2010 prior to their deployment to Mali in support of U.S. Africa Command's Flintlock 10 exercise. Approximately 40 soldiers boarded a U.S. Air Forces Africa C-130J "Super" Hercules to deploy for counter-terrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise focused on military interoperability and capacity-building and is part of an AFRICOM-sponsored annual exercise program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. Approximately 1,200 European, African partner nation and U.S. participants from 14 nations are involved in military interoperability activities across the Trans-Saharan region during this event. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryan Purtell, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkinabe Colonel-Major Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the president of Burkina Faso and president of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers May 1, 2010 prior to their deployment to Mali in support of U.S. Africa Command's Flintlock 10 exercise.  Approximately 40 soldiers boarded a U.S. Air Forces Africa C-130J "Super" Hercules to deploy for counter-terrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners.  Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise focused on military interoperability and capacity-building and is part of an AFRICOM-sponsored annual exercise program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa.  The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa.  Approximately 1,200 European, African partner nation and U.S. participants from 14 nations are involved in military interoperability activities across the Trans-Saharan region during this event. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryan Purtell, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Burkinabe Colonel-Major Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the president of Burkina Faso and president of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers May 1, 2010 prior to their deployment to Mali in support of U.S. Africa Command's Flintlock 10 exercise. Approximately 40 soldiers boarded a U.S. Air Forces Africa C-130J "Super" Hercules to deploy for counter-terrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise focused on military interoperability and capacity-building and is part of an AFRICOM-sponsored annual exercise program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. Approximately 1,200 European, African partner nation and U.S. participants from 14 nations are involved in military interoperability activities across the Trans-Saharan region during this event. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryan Purtell, Flintlock 10 Public Affairs)
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