EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members

Sgt. Gaudence Siame, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, places a metal shape aside during a metal detector familiarization class at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. Two U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, instructed a three-week Humanitarian Mine Action course to TPDF ammunition technicians and officers in order to increase ordnance knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members Sgt. Gaudence Siame, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, places a metal shape aside during a metal detector familiarization class at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. Two U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, instructed a three-week Humanitarian Mine Action course to TPDF ammunition technicians and officers in order to increase ordnance knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
Cpl. Joseph S. Langu, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, holds a nasopharyngeal airway during a tactical combat casualty  care first aid course at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. TPDF hosted a Humanitarian Action Course where U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, shared best practices on medical procedures, ordnance safety and identification. EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members Cpl. Joseph S. Langu, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, holds a nasopharyngeal airway during a tactical combat casualty care first aid course at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. TPDF hosted a Humanitarian Action Course where U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, shared best practices on medical procedures, ordnance safety and identification.
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, review ordnance identification during a Humanitarian Mine Action course for the Tanzania People’s Defense Force in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 26, 2015. HMA is funded by the Department of State and assists selected countries in relief and develops an indigenous mine action capability.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, review ordnance identification during a Humanitarian Mine Action course for the Tanzania People’s Defense Force in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 26, 2015. HMA is funded by the Department of State and assists selected countries in relief and develops an indigenous mine action capability.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
Pvt. Flora Flowin Mkinga, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, looks through binoculars during a reconnaissance practical at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, instructed Humanitarian Mine Action course students on ordnance safety and identification and tactical combat casualty care procedures.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members Pvt. Flora Flowin Mkinga, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, looks through binoculars during a reconnaissance practical at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, instructed Humanitarian Mine Action course students on ordnance safety and identification and tactical combat casualty care procedures.(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, left, coaches Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technicians and officers through metal detector sweeps at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. EOD technicians shared best practices during a Humanitarian Mine Action Course, focusing on ordnance identification; safety, and tactical combat casualty care procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, left, coaches Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technicians and officers through metal detector sweeps at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. EOD technicians shared best practices during a Humanitarian Mine Action Course, focusing on ordnance identification; safety, and tactical combat casualty care procedures. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
Tanzania People’s Defense Force personnel look over various ordnance items during the Humanitarian Mine Action Instruction course at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 24, 2015. U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, instructed 22 students in order to increase partner nation’s ordnance knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members Tanzania People’s Defense Force personnel look over various ordnance items during the Humanitarian Mine Action Instruction course at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 24, 2015. U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, instructed 22 students in order to increase partner nation’s ordnance knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, left, assists a Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician with demolition placement, at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 26, 2015. EOD technicians instructed a Humanitarian Mine Action Course for TPDF personnel, covering mine clearance procedures, minefield casualty recovery, demolition procedures, ordnance reconnaissance, metal detector familiarization, and tactical combat casualty care.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes) EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, left, assists a Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician with demolition placement, at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 26, 2015. EOD technicians instructed a Humanitarian Mine Action Course for TPDF personnel, covering mine clearance procedures, minefield casualty recovery, demolition procedures, ordnance reconnaissance, metal detector familiarization, and tactical combat casualty care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, assigned to CJTF-HOA, congratulates Pvt.Ramadhan Badru Mwita, a Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, during the Humanitarian Mine Action course graduation at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 27, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes) EOD technicians share knowledge with Tanzanian service members An Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, assigned to CJTF-HOA, congratulates Pvt.Ramadhan Badru Mwita, a Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, during the Humanitarian Mine Action course graduation at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 27, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)

Members of Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, held a Humanitarian Mine Action instruction course for Tanzanian People’s Defense Force soldiers, in Dar es Salaam, Aug. 6-28, 2015.

“This training is very important to us because it teaches us the safe ways of storage, the detection of the mines, [how to find] find unexploded ordnance and first aid techniques to help our fellow soldiers in the field,” Lt. Mohamed Ally Sief, a TPDF ammunition officer said.

“We can now [perform] reconnaissance and solve problems without [worrying about] having causalities or damages.”

This course leveraged practical exercises to supported one of CJTF-HOA’s partner nations and improve their ordnance identification skills and overall safety practices.

The course focused on mine clearance, demolition procedures, ordnance reconnaissance, metal detector familiarization, and minefield casualty recovery. TPDF students learned to identify grenades, bombs, mortars, rockets, booby traps, missiles, and small caliber ammunition.

“The U.S. Navy instructors have taught us a lot,” said TPDF Ammunition technician, Lt. Venance Dismas Msoffe. “They have done their part; what is remaining is [for us] to go be good ambassadors in our field.”

The 22 students are all ammunition technicians and officers, whose daily jobs are to manage and control weapons for their defense force.

“In conjunction with learning about ordnance safety,” Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Ryan said, “We’ve also gone over medical procedures, so they can feel confident if a teammate goes down in a hazardous environment; they will be able to stabilize them.”

The instructors shared best practices for tactical combat casualty care, including how to identify life threatening wounds and basic first aid, burn treatment, and bleeding control.

“It’s very rewarding to see the students learn something that you know is going to help them have safer working habits and possibly save a life,” Ryan said.

The HMA instruction course is funded by the U.S. Department of State, which assists selected countries in relieving human suffering and develops indigenous mine action capability.

“I would like to sincerely thank the course facilitators from the U.S. Navy for imparting us with a great deal of knowledge and skills on EOD,” Sief said. “We really appreciate their brotherly services. The knowledge and skills we have been imparted, will able us to overcome day-to-day challenges in our military career. We will deliver this knowledge and skills back to our units.”

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