Special Delivery: U.S. forces provide tools for AMISOM mission

U.S. Army Capt. Mike Smith, left, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Military Coordination Cell logistics representative, reviews an item list with Capt. Ndikumana, center right, Burundi National Defense Force African Union Mission in Somalia Burundi contingent team leader, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Burundi forces received more than 10 power generators, tires and spare parts for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to remedy the wear and tear on vehicle parts caused by rough and uneven terrain. The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Capt. Mike Smith, left, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Military Coordination Cell logistics representative, reviews an item list with Capt. Ndikumana, center right, Burundi National Defense Force African Union Mission in Somalia Burundi contingent team leader, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Burundi forces received more than 10 power generators, tires and spare parts for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to remedy the wear and tear on vehicle parts caused by rough and uneven terrain. The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
Burundi National Defense Force Cpl. Emmanuel, African Union Mission in Somalia Burundi contingent, uses a forklift to load a power generator onto a truck in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Burundi forces received more than 10 power generators, tires and spare parts for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to remedy the wear and tear on vehicle parts caused by rough and uneven terrain.  The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Burundi National Defense Force Cpl. Emmanuel, African Union Mission in Somalia Burundi contingent, uses a forklift to load a power generator onto a truck in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Burundi forces received more than 10 power generators, tires and spare parts for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to remedy the wear and tear on vehicle parts caused by rough and uneven terrain. The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
Soldiers from the Burundi National Defense Force verify a power generator’s serial number in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Both Burundi and U.S. forces verified the product serial numbers to verify that items shipped from the U.S. overseas to Somalia were specifically what was requested, and that inventory management was maintained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Soldiers from the Burundi National Defense Force verify a power generator’s serial number in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Both Burundi and U.S. forces verified the product serial numbers to verify that items shipped from the U.S. overseas to Somalia were specifically what was requested, and that inventory management was maintained. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)
U.S. Army Capt. Mike Smith, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa Military Coordination Cell logistics representative, guides a forklift to pick up crates of tires in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Both African Union Mission in Somalia members and U.S. forces worked together to get all supplies stored in containers for use in dry locations, as weathering and rain can damage supplies exposed to the elements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Capt. Mike Smith, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa Military Coordination Cell logistics representative, guides a forklift to pick up crates of tires in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Both African Union Mission in Somalia members and U.S. forces worked together to get all supplies stored in containers for use in dry locations, as weathering and rain can damage supplies exposed to the elements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

American forces recently delivered supplies to African Union Mission in Somalia partners in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 13, 2016, to help keep them equipped and ready to fight al-Shabaab.

 

The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa J3 Military Coordination Cell facilitated the logistics to receive a large cargo delivery to be distributed from the U.S. to AMISOM troop contributing countries.
 

The requested cargo and supplies included vehicle tires, maintenance parts, power generators and other supplies.

 

Burundi National Defense Force Capt. Ndikumana,  AMISOM contingent team leader, expedited the receiving of supplies by performing inventory as products arrived at a staging area, and translated between French and English for Burundians and Americans, respectively.

 

“The MCC and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa helps us with logistics support and transportation,” Ndikumana said. “We have many positions [in Somalia], so the power generators will help us conduct our mission.”

 

Ndikumana said that MCC support and guidance is invaluable and he looks forward to continuing the working relationship. As Somalia has little infrastructure, unpaved roads and uneven terrain wear on vehicles’ suspension and tires over time, Ndikumana added that he’s thankful for replacement parts to repair damaged Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles. The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia.

 

Each TCC that requires material support makes a request with the Office of Security Coordination, a U.S. Embassy agency, which then works with other agencies in the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, and others to allocate funding, produce and implement a plan to acquire the requested items, and ship them to the TCCs in Somalia.

 

Establishing and maintaining an effective supply chain is crucial for AMISOM as it carries out its mission in Somalia.

 

“With the TCCs being branched out in different sectors, they’re able to establish a post and see where the enemy combatants are, and organize for the elimination of al-Shabaab,” said Capt. Mike Smith, MCC logistics representative. “This helps those local towns to grow into an independent society where they won’t have to worry about attacks.”

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