BARGNY, Senegal.– Last week, leaders from U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) and the 705th Ordnance Company, 242nd OD Battalion Explosive Ordnance Disposal from Fort Polk, Louisiana, attended the graduation ceremony of 18 Senegalese armed forces soldiers who attended the United Nations Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Basic Course taught by U.S. Army Soldiers at the Centre de Formation Deminage Bataillon de Soutien du Genie Bargney Senegal, April 27, 2022.
“The Senegalese have decided they want to be a regional partner in the fight against improvised explosive ordinance,” Master Sgt. Ryan Theobald the SETAF-AF EOD program planner. “They want to conduct U.N. missions and train soldiers within the region with the capability provided to them by the U.S Army.”
According to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, attacks with improvised explosive devices kill thousands every year, inflict grievous physical injuries, damage critical infrastructure and spread fear and disruption across affected communities.