Kentucky Guard engineers conduct Djibouti SPP training


CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – Kentucky National Guard engineers with the 577th Sapper Company and 123rd Airlift Wing traveled more than 15,000 miles to train with the Djiboutian military demining company as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP) Aug.19–29.

For over 25 years, the National Guard has conducted military-to-military engagements in support of defense security goals under the SPP. Kentucky partners with Djibouti and Ecuador.

“Our goals were to enhance each other’s knowledge of a wide variety of explosive threats that Soldiers face on the battlefield, including improvised explosive device (IED), unexploded ordnance (UXO) and landmine hazards,” said Army Capt. William M. Fegenbush, commander of the 577th Sapper Company and officer in charge of the expedition.

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Source: U.S. Army