MIL-OSI Translation: BARKHANE: operational military partnership with the Burkinabe army

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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from English to French –

From 5 to 9 November, a detachment of the French elements in Senegal (EFS) and soldiers from the Barkhane Force conducted an operational military partnership (PMO) at the Dori camp in northern Burkina Faso.

In order to support and support the G5 Sahel partners in the training and training of their units, the French defense armies and cooperation have set up, in each of the G5 countries, the concept of a preparation center for Operational Commitment (OEEC). On 5 November, the French training detachment, composed of 8 EFS instructors, 2 combat groups and a mobile medical team from the Barkhane force, left the proposed Niamey Air Base to join the 1st Army camp. Commando infantry regiment of Dori, not far from the border area with Mali and Niger.

They took with them the materials that make up the new operational command center for the Burkinabé regional staff so that the joint G5 Sahel force optimally conducts its operations in the north of the country. The Barkhane detachment also carried an advanced medical post of the Role 1 type, ceded by Luxembourg. This advanced medical post is dedicated to paramedical and initial medical emergency care of the wounded soldier in external operation. Transportable and flexible, it can support a troop of 300 soldiers. Quickly deployed and operational, this structure led to a practical exercise in the treatment of wounded.For a week, the French detachment’s mission was to train the Burkinabe regiment and help the regional staff to set up its new command center.

While the EFS instructors were working with the Burkinabe officers of the staff, the infantrymen of the Tactical Desert-Infantry Group took the opportunity to conduct infantry combat training and the fight against improvised explosive devices with their Burkinabe confreres. .

French and Burkinabe were visited by the French ambassador to Burkina Faso accompanied by the first counselor of the Luxembourg embassy. For the latter “the inauguration of this ROLE 1 today at DORI is the culmination of a collaborative work with Burkina Faso and France”, “for us, in view of the general security situation we are investing more in addition to security and defense especially in terms of health. Luxembourg is thus strengthening its contributions under the G5 Sahel and especially in the central zone and especially around medical treatment. “

For the occasion, Colonel Major Traore, deputy chief operations officer of the Armed Forces of Burkina Faso came to discover this new advanced medical post. “It is obvious that the donation of this ROLE 1 is welcome. You know that this terrorist threat is new to our country and we need to gain strength. So all these help in terms of training or in terms of resources, help us to upgrade to cope with the situation and it is for me here the opportunity to thank our partners Luxembourg and France. It is very important to note also that these formations and these means give confidence to our officers, our non-commissioned officers and our soldiers, it is enough to see their enthusiasm this morning in this exercise of treatment of wounded in combat to have the demonstration. Some tell me how happy they are to have this ROLE 1, for example, which has unique equipment in the region. “

This inauguration marked the culmination of a sequence inscribed in the operational support of Barkhane to the Burkinabe battalion. Its purpose was to provide the Burkinabe partner with Luxembourg-funded medical equipment and an operational command center provided by the Directorate for Security and Defense Cooperation of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

For the Burkinabe armed forces, these deliveries of medical equipment, command structures but also training that accompany them, are useful in the fight against the armed terrorist groups. The actions of rising strength of the Burkinabe battalion dedicated to G5 Sahel should continue early next year with new operational military partnership sequences.

Led by the French armies, in partnership with the G5 Sahel countries, Operation Barkhane was launched on August 1st, 2014. It is based on a strategic approach based on a logic of partnership with the main countries of the Sahel-Saharan strip ( BSS): Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Burkina-Faso. It brings together around 4,500 military personnel whose mission is to fight against armed terrorist groups and to support the armed forces of partner countries so that they can take this threat into account, notably within the framework of the joint G5 Sahel force currently under way. operationalization.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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