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Source: Republic of France in French The French Republic has issued the following statement:

Deployed in Mali, within the base of Gao as a mechanic in the Subgroup of maintenance adapted to the theater (SGMAT), the 1st class Elisa has only eleven months of service. Meeting with this young committed woman who is experiencing her first external operation.

With a professional baccalaureate in automotive maintenance, 1st Class Elisa joined the ranks of the Army in December 2019 after a first professional experience in the civilian world. At only 22 years old, the young woman could not imagine being deployed so quickly and having such an experience. After finishing major in her Specialty Technical Training (FTS), she was hired a few months later in Mali, as part of Operation BARKHANE.

“To be deployed so quickly in a foreign operation is a real pride. This is the culmination of several months of training in metropolitan France. Being able to exercise my profession in operational conditions while supporting the units is really enriching. I joined the army to experience such moments, to get out of my routine “.

The 1st Class is now a mechanic specializing in the repair of armored vehicles at the base of Gao. Every day, in trying weather conditions, she spares no effort to maintain the various vehicles. Supported by the executives of her section, 1st Class Elisa can count on their advice for her first screening.

“I joined the Army to have the opportunity to do my job in extraordinary conditions. In Mali, this is the case. We work in more difficult climatic conditions than in France because it is really hot when we are in the workshops. I also have to constantly think about it and try to find the best solutions when I have a problem because we do not have access to the same means as when we are in France. So it’s very stimulating to work in these conditions. I am also fortunate to be able to count on the experience and support of my comrades. There is real cohesion within the section and within SGMAT. It is at these times, far from the regiment, our daily life, our loved ones, that this word “cohesion” takes on its full meaning and allows us to give ourselves to the maximum “.




Led by the French armies, in partnership with the G5 Sahel countries, 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 Sahel-Saharan strip ( BSS): Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad. It brings together around 5,100 soldiers 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.

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