CJTF-HOA Personnel Train BNDF on Communications System
U.S. Army Capt. Timothy Gilson, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Intelligence Directorate plans officer, trains Burundi National Defense Force officers on how to use the AFRICOM Data Sharing Network for intelligence, May 1, 2014, at the Ministry of Defense Headquarters in Bujumbura, Burundi. The ADSN is a critical asset for the U.S. and troop-contributing nations to share valuable information.
Personnel from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Intelligence and Communications Directorates traveled to Burundi, Africa, May 1, 2014, to teach six members of the Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) how to use the AFRICOM Data Sharing Network (ADSN).
This communications system helps CJTF-HOA share valuable information with military partners in troop-contributing nations.
“Technicians train BNDF officers to set up the system and provide proper maintenance,” said Capt. Timothy Gilson, CJTF-HOA Intelligence Directorate plans officer, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania native.
The operator training also consisted of showing the Burundians how to request and receive information from CJTF-HOA on a SharePoint site.
Effective communication and sharing of valuable information is critical to the overall mission. Having the BNDF personnel understand how to use the ADSN system will help support the mission in Somalia and neutralize the al-Shabaab threat.
“I learned a lot from them; how they do intelligence, operations and communications,” said Gilson. “It was good to get out and work with members of the coalition armed forces and get a different perspective. Hats off to them; they are really dedicated to the mission.”
Service members from the directorates are planning more training in the future to enable open and effective communication between the U.S. and multinational partners.