SEAL Advisors in GAO, Mali

GAO, Mali – A U.S. Navy SEAL advisor watches a Malian special operations vehicle unit run through immediate action drills for counter-terrorism missions during training February 26, 2010, near Gao, Mali. The Special Operations Command – Africa SEAL team spent several weeks in Mali working with a Malian special operations unit on advanced counter-terrorism skills training. Military training engagements such as this one are geared to build upon previously established relationships and help African partner nations develop capacities, achieve regional cooperation and improve security. These capacity-development events support the regional interagency objectives of the U.S. State Department’s Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership program and the Department of Defense’s Operation Enduring Freedom (Trans-Sahara). (Photo by Max R. Blumenfeld, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara)

GAO, Mali – Members of a Malian special operations unit conduct a unit equipment inspection as two U.S. Navy SEALs look on, February 26, 2010 near Gao, Mali. The equipment was presented to the Malian unit by a U.S. Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) SEAL team which spent several weeks conducting advanced counter-terrorism skills training for the unit. The helmets and body armor were provided under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership (TSCTP) program. Through TSCTP, the Department of Defense trains, equips, assists and advises Partner Nations through Operation Enduring Freedom (Trans-Sahara), which is executed by SOCAFRICA’s Joint Special Operations Task Force Trans-Sahara. (Photo by Max R. Blumenfeld, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara)

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