Burundi soldiers trained by US



By Godfrey Olukya 29-9-2012 30

30 Burundian soldiers have undergone a two weeks training of instruction on deployment, and unit movement planning .

The training has been carried out by a pair of Georgia Army National Guardsmen from the 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.

Captain Brad Copas of U.S. Army Africa’s G-4, Multi-National and Inter-agency branch, supervised the two-member GARNG team during an Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team training known as ADAPT.

ADAPT is a U.S. Department of State sponsored program focusing on training African partner nation military personnel to improve host nation involvement in peacekeeping operations.

Copas said,”The ADAPT program gives us an ability to assist and improve our working relationships with our African partner nations.
Master Sergeant Derek Gill and Staff Sergeant Samuel Perez were very effective in training Burundi troops.’

He said that was the second phase of training for the Burundi military and they recently received equipment that will improved their ability to move cargo and other military specific freight.

Copas who is a native of Tompkinsville, Ky., and a Kentucky Army National Guard officer on active duty with USA RAF said that the
training covered several areas of unit deployment including airlift movement and load planning, equipment preparation, weighing and

He said that more training will take place in Burundi.


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