MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English
Source: Republic of France in FrenchLa French Republic has issued the following statement:
The priority of Barkhane is to protect yourself against the pandemic of COVID-19 in order to maintain the intensity of its operations against armed groups of terrorists. To this end, a global system of protection based on a set of simple measures has been adopted by the entire force, in addition to a health adaptation and logistics more generally, as well as organisational measures taken by the command. These measures are now parts of the daily life of the force Barkhane.
The doctor main Clovis, stationed at the Gao, explains : “The aim of these measures is that the least amount of people possible to be infected by the virus. For this, one of the first things to avoid is people potentially contaminated “.
This device starts with a personal responsibility in the rigorous application of the measures, barriers, adapted to the operational constraints : distancing, personal hygiene, frequent washing of the hands, reduction of its spectrum relationship. “We wash our hands regularly, cough into our elbow, we don’t share water bottles, and wash the regular effects of toilet,” says the corporal Jocelyn, ” in the end, everyone bears a responsibility in preserving the operational capability of our combat group “.
Since the preparation of the missions, the stress of the COVID-19 is taken into account by the unit commanders in the preparation of their orders. It is simple adaptations of everyday life which contribute to the preservation of the potential operational force, limiting the risk of spread of the virus. The captain Baudoin, said the action taken at his level : “During the preparation of the missions, the meetings are in large rooms airy, and each one sits in a crisscross pattern. Similarly, the rehearsal (rehearsal period of the mission) have now systematically place outdoors so that everyone can comply with the distancing of at least 1m50 “.
When the captain gives his orders, he shall enforce these rules and reminds us constantly with his soldiers to measures barriers to adopt military-to-military, with the armed forces partners or vis-à-vis the local populations. The staff has also been ordered not to go to the nearby units. Similarly, the vehicles do not go on the field without being equipped with gel hydro-alcoholic, as well as markers so that each soldier could not write his name on his water bottles.
In the context of the operations, interactions with people are limited, even if they remain essential. Here, too, specific procedures have been defined : “wear gloves and a mask, do not talk face-to-face, keep his distance… so Many gestures that allow us to protect ourselves,” said captain Baldwin. He adds : “on the field, it applies the actions barriers much more easily that they coincide with our tactical know-how : the taking away is a security imperative. We limit the chances that one of us contracts the virus “.
Conduct by the French armed forces, in partnership with the countries of the G5 Sahel, operation Barkhane was launched on August 1, 2014. It is based on a strategic approach based on a logic of partnership with the main countries of the band sahelo-saharan africa (BSS) : Burkina-Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Chad. It includes approximately 5100 members whose mission is to fight against the armed groups of terrorists and support the armed forces of partner countries so that they can take into account this threat.
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