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    USARCENT trains the trainer during regional exercise

    USARCENT trains the trainer during regional exercise

    Photo By Sgt. Tracy R. Myers | Lt. Col. Benjamin Lipari, U.S. Army Central Command, Explosive Ordnance Disposal...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Tracy R. Myers 

    U.S. Army Central   

    DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — The first International Mine Action Standard Explosive Ordnance Disposal level-one course among partnered nations of central Asia taught by U.S. Army Central Command Explosive Ordnance Disposal professionals concluded with a ceremony June 6, after a 10-day training exercise.

    The course was attended by 20 students from four countries. This is the first phase of a three-level train-the-trainer program in accordance with the humanitarian International Mine Action Standard procedures.

    “Over the past two weeks, we trained on ordnance identification, fuse functioning, explosive safeties, electric and non-electric demolition procedures, reconnaissance and the management responsibilities necessary to clear unexploded ordnance, land mines, and explosive remnants of war,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Lipari, USARCENT EOD chief. “I am proud to say these students are trained in IMAS EOD level-one procedures.”

    By the end of this three-level training program, five states in the region are expected to have certified EOD trainers and training materials consistent with IMAS resulting in a capacity to take part in international peacekeeping operations.

    “The EOD level-one and two programs will provide sustainable regional capacity,” said Lipari. “In September we will conduct an EOD level-one program for Tajik and Afghan students, and in October we hope to retain and advance the program to the EOD level-two standards.”

    Although a date has not been set, USARCENT is planning to train key aspects of EOD level-three in the future, while advising and assisting to operationalize the Tajikistan Ministry of Defense’s effort to build a long-term Explosive Hazards Training Center, said Lipari. He believes Tajikistan will continue to rise as a regional leader in humanitarian mine action.

    According to the Tajikistan Mine Action Center, 367 people here were killed by land mines and 841 were injured since 1992. The mine contamination along the boarders and central region of Tajikistan is a result of Russian forces placing them on the Tajik-Afghan border between 1992 and 1998 in an attempt to protect the border from armed groups entering Tajikistan. Land mines and explosive remnants of war were also placed throughout the central region of Tajikistan during the 1992-1997 civil conflict. Then, in 1999, Uzbekistan forces used mines along the Tajik-Uzbek border to protect from armed groups and bandits.

    The Office for Military Cooperation of the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe is pushing for cooperation across boarders to create regional security and mine disposal safety standards to benefit countries in central Asia.

    U.S. Army Central EOD team took charge of that mission through planning and executing this exercise.

    “This course should provide stability and security for the region while maintaining cooperation among the participating countries,” said Mihail Semionov, Organization of Security Co-operation in Europe mine action officer.

    “U.S. Army Central is committed to continue our partnership with the Tajikistan MoD, OSCE and the U.S. Embassy,” said Lipari. “This is the first step toward building sustainable humanitarian mine action capacity within the Tajikistan Ministry of Defense.”



    Date Taken: 06.16.2014
    Date Posted: 06.16.2014 14:47
    Story ID: 133240
    Location: DUSHANBE, TJ 
    Hometown: FORT HOOD, TX, US

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