Thursday, August 10, 2006

U.S. Marines train with French Marines in Horn of Africa desert

Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By U.S. Air Force Capt. Martin Gerst
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - 25 U.S. Marines and 1 Navy corpsman recently completed a 10-day desert training course conducted by a French Marine regiment from a neighboring camp.

Marines from the 4th Provisional Security Company here were invited by the 5th French Marine Regiment at Briere de L’Isle Barracks to participate in the course.

The goal of the course is to learn basic survival and combat skills in a desert environment. For this type of exercise Djibouti makes a superb training ground, said French Marine Capt. Michel Ladan, chief of the Desert Training School. The training teaches “simple things like eating, drinking, orienting with GPS, medical evacuation, and fighting in the desert environment,” he said. {Click on image for details of photo}
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