17 Sep EUTM Mali conducts tailor-made training for the 5th Military Region of Sector 3 of the Malian Armed Forces of Timbuktu in cooperation with the Operation BARKHANE
Timbuktu, city of astronomy, history, theology around 333 Saints; many of the legends of marabouts and djinns have been mentioned. One of these legends deals with the faceless guardian symbolising multi-ethnicity who rides the white horse Al Farouk and protects the city. “Al Farouk” is also the name of the GTIA – Groupement Tactique Inter Armes – of the 5th Military Region. A region which has seen, for more than four years, security operations executed by partner Operation Barkhane.
In order to deploy its combined Mobile Advisory Training Task (CMATT) team of twenty-one trainers, the EUTM Mali took a foothold in the heart of the legendary mythical city. Immediately after Gao, this CMATT is projected as close as possible to the operations carried out in northern Mali, located between the Niger River and the vast tracts of the Sahel, 800 km from the usual area of activity of the EUTM mission. The desert is not far away; 10 ° to 15 ° temperature difference clearly allows the contingent to live the reality in which the Malian Armed Forces and the partner troops operate. A new environment for the EUTM Instructors to adapt to!
This CMATT took place following a specific request, as stated by CEMGA, General Keita, in April 2017. From 29 August to 18 September, hosted at Camp Barkhane DLAO4 near the airport, the EUTM Mali team consisted of five advisers from the Advisory Task Force (ATF) from the MFHQ of Bamako, seven instructors from the Education Training Task Force (ETTF) and seven elements of the Force Protection (FP) of the Koulikoro Training Centre (KTC), which totals 21 European military personnel.
While following the ongoing operations, twelve sector 3 staff officers took part in training command techniques based on the method of developing a tactical operational decision. Concurrently, sixty non-commissioned officers reinforced the basics of infantry tactics, combat rescue and counter improvised explosive devices (C-IED), the first scourge of this asymmetric war.
Articulated by half-days, the training did not hinder the conduct of the planned security operations in the region of Timbuktu. Moreover, it often proved immediately fruitful by the daily implementation of the tactical skills learned in the morning.
Despite the young age of the trainees, the large number of the military personnel who attended the EUTM training had a lot of field experience and a very strong intrinsic motivation. It is through sharing experience that best practices in the different areas are harvested. A programme and a training approach corresponding to the reality of the security problem!