Partnership in Niger: U.S. EOD, Air Advisors train FAN

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.

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Source: U.S. Air Force