24 May EUTM Mali Trains the Malian Gendarmerie to Improve Vehicle Recovery Capability
EUTM Mali successfully delivered a Logistic Mechanic Course to train the Malian Gendarmerie to improve vehicle recovery capability. The course, led by OF2 Norbert Schulze, was delivered by the Combat Service Support Training Team of the EUTM Mali Education and Training Task Force (ETTF), and took place at the barracks of the Direction Générale de la Gendarmerie Nationale in Bamako.
A total of 16 trainees from the Gendarmerie (3 NCOs and 13 NCO candidates) completed the 3 week course. During the first phase, students were taught basic maintenance, tool knowledge, the engine and internal parts of the Toyota 4×4 BL, one of the vehicles most commonly used by the MaAF for everyday duties as well as on operations. The course then proceeded to deal with the external parts, electricity, hydraulic transmission and all other components of the vehicle.
The final week focused on placing orders for spare parts, reporting mechanical failures and supply chain management. The students also learned how to use a vehicle winch, as well as the different methods of vehicle recovery. Learning and understanding of the course material was assessed during the final examination.
The course concluded with a Closing Ceremony on 11 May 2018 at Direction General Gendarmerie National (DGGN) Camp 2. It was presided by OF3 Vincent McGrath (the EUTM Mali ETTF’s Deputy Chief Instructor) on behalf of Commander Koulikoro Training Centre, and the DGGN Chief Colonel Major Satigui Moro Sidibé. Successful students were presented with a Course Certificate.