EOD provides training, finds friendship and partnership in Tanzania

Members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force practice carries as part of
the emergency medical portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training
hosted by TPDF with assistance from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of
Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Isgar, EOD Mobile Unit
1, facilitated classroom training and hands-on practical exercises to
enhance the TPDF's ability to handle injuries in the field. (U.S. Air Force
photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force practice carries as part of the emergency medical portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training hosted by TPDF with assistance from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Isgar, EOD Mobile Unit 1, facilitated classroom training and hands-on practical exercises to enhance the TPDF's ability to handle injuries in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Johnson, Leading Petty
Officer EOD Mobile Unit 1, shows members of the Tanzania People's Defence
Force where to place charges to destroy simulated unexploded ordnance during
the Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
Feb. 17, 2016. HMA activities include classroom instruction and practical
exercises on detecting and clearing landmines, identifying and disposing of
explosive remnants, and providing physical security and stockpile
management.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Johnson, Leading Petty Officer EOD Mobile Unit 1, shows members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force where to place charges to destroy simulated unexploded ordnance during the Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. HMA activities include classroom instruction and practical exercises on detecting and clearing landmines, identifying and disposing of explosive remnants, and providing physical security and stockpile management.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class Andrews, EOD Mobile Unit 1,
shows a member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force how to safely remove
simulated unexploded landmines during the practical exercise portion of
Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb.
17, 2016. HMA activities include classroom instruction and practical
exercises on detecting and clearing landmines, identifying and disposing of
explosive remnants, and providing physical security and stockpile
management.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 3rd Class Andrews, EOD Mobile Unit 1, shows a member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force how to safely remove simulated unexploded landmines during the practical exercise portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. HMA activities include classroom instruction and practical exercises on detecting and clearing landmines, identifying and disposing of explosive remnants, and providing physical security and stockpile management.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Johnson, Leading Petty
Officer at EOD Mobile Unit 1, demonstrates an unexploded ordnance (UXO)
removal technique during the Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Feb. 17, 2016. Three members of EOD Mobile Unit 1,
assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, spent 25 days training
members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force, enhancing the TPDF's ability
to dispose of UXOs and maintain physical security of stockpiled ammunition
and explosives.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Johnson, Leading Petty Officer at EOD Mobile Unit 1, demonstrates an unexploded ordnance (UXO) removal technique during the Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Feb. 17, 2016. Three members of EOD Mobile Unit 1, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, spent 25 days training members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force, enhancing the TPDF's ability to dispose of UXOs and maintain physical security of stockpiled ammunition and explosives.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force takes notes on the size,
type and function of simulated unexploded ordnance during a Humanitarian
Mine Action Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17,
2016. The TPDF-hosted class included instruction by Explosive Ordnance
Disposal technicians from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and
helped enhance the TPDF's ability to identify and dispose of explosive
remnants from previous conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan
DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force takes notes on the size, type and function of simulated unexploded ordnance during a Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. The TPDF-hosted class included instruction by Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and helped enhance the TPDF's ability to identify and dispose of explosive remnants from previous conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force prepares rigging to remove
simulated unexploded ordnance from a tree during a Humanitarian Mine Action
Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Explosive
Ordnance Disposal technicians from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of
Africa taught the class, enhancing the TPDF's ability to identify and
dispose of explosive remnants from previous conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo
by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force prepares rigging to remove simulated unexploded ordnance from a tree during a Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa taught the class, enhancing the TPDF's ability to identify and dispose of explosive remnants from previous conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force takes notes on the size,
type and function of simulated unexploded ordnance during a Humanitarian
Mine Action Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17,
2016. The TPDF-hosted class included instruction by Explosive Ordnance
Disposal technicians from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and
helped enhance the TPDF's ability to identify and dispose of explosive
remnants from previous conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan
DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force takes notes on the size, type and function of simulated unexploded ordnance during a Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. The TPDF-hosted class included instruction by Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and helped enhance the TPDF's ability to identify and dispose of explosive remnants from previous conflicts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force removes dirt around a
simulated unexploded landmine during a Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1
training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Members of the
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn Africa's EOD Mobile Unit 1 team spent 25 days
training members of the TPDF in topics such as basic unexploded ordnance
disposal, physical security of ammunition and explosive hazards. (U.S. Air
Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force removes dirt around a simulated unexploded landmine during a Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training class in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Members of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn Africa's EOD Mobile Unit 1 team spent 25 days training members of the TPDF in topics such as basic unexploded ordnance disposal, physical security of ammunition and explosive hazards. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force practices carries as part of
the emergency medical portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training
hosted by TPDF with assistance from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of
Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Isgar, EOD Mobile Unit
1, facilitated classroom training and hands-on practical exercises to
enhance the TPDF's ability to handle injuries in the field. (U.S. Air Force
photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force practices carries as part of the emergency medical portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training hosted by TPDF with assistance from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Isgar, EOD Mobile Unit 1, facilitated classroom training and hands-on practical exercises to enhance the TPDF's ability to handle injuries in the field. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force treats a simulated victim as
part of the emergency medical portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1
training hosted by TPDF with assistance from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn
of Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. The EOD team spent 25 days training members of the
TPDF in basic unexploded ordnance disposal and emergency medical treatment.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A member of the Tanzania People's Defence Force treats a simulated victim as part of the emergency medical portion of Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training hosted by TPDF with assistance from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Feb. 17, 2016. The EOD team spent 25 days training members of the TPDF in basic unexploded ordnance disposal and emergency medical treatment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)
Members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force and Combined Joint Task
Force-Horn of Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 pose for a
photo after a graduation Feb. 17, 2016. The ceremony marked the conclusion
of the 25-day Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania. The training was the first phase in a curriculum designed to build
a cadre of HMA/Counter-Improvised Explosive Device trainers within the TPDF.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of the Tanzania People's Defence Force and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1 pose for a photo after a graduation Feb. 17, 2016. The ceremony marked the conclusion of the 25-day Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The training was the first phase in a curriculum designed to build a cadre of HMA/Counter-Improvised Explosive Device trainers within the TPDF. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Dan DeCook)

Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 1, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, recently wrapped up a 25-day Humanitarian Mine Action Level 1 training class hosted by the Tanzania People's Defense Force in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Consisting of two U.S. Navy EOD technicians and a corpsman, the mobile team instructed a class of 20 TPDF soldiers in topics such as ordnance disposal,knot tying, emergency medical care, and weapons identification.

The purpose of the class was to enhance the TPDF's skills in detecting and clearing landmines, identifying and disposing of explosive remnants, and providing physical security and stockpile management of explosive hazards.

"Like we do at EOD school, we started from the beginning," said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 1st Class Johnson, Leading Petty Officer of EOD Mobile Unit 1. "We taught the basics of fuse functioning, reconnaissance, different ordnance categories and also the practical skills that go along with that. Most of the course was designed around that and the safety precautions that go with any EOD operation."

Risk is inherent in any EOD action, and because of that risk, students also received classes on emergency combat first aid.

"It's a dangerous job, and because of the dangers we must also address what to do if there is an injury," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Isgar, EOD Mobile Unit 1. "It was great working with students who understood how important all aspects of the training are. They really showed a dedication to learn the concepts we taught."  

That dedication proved to be invaluable as the students spent more than 90 hours in the classroom learning to identify rockets, mortars, grenades, booby traps, missiles, and ammunition. In addition, the course focused 35 hours on hands-on training during practical exercises. In the field, the students worked through scenarios designed to test their skills in landmine detection, unexploded ordnance removal and decision making.

The event included more than classroom and practical exercises, however. In Tanzania a mid-morning tea break is customary. During the breaks, the students quizzed the instructors on the students' native language, Swahili, which helped both forces open up and establish a rapport.

"We learned Swahili and taught them some English, but we also built a bond," said Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Andrews, EOD Mobile Unit 1.  "We didn't just come together as teacher and student, but as people from two nations bonding and learning together."

"I was so happy to see them interested [in learning] our language; it's part of who we are and it made us happy to share that with our instructors," said Capt. Yohane, a TPDF officer from the Central Administration.

 As the training concluded, the students and instructors both agreed the TPDF is now better equipped to remove the scattered remnants of past conflicts and better prepared to physically secure and safeguard stockpiles of ammunition and explosives.

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