Soldiers assist Niger army enhance basic training program

Soldiers from U.S. Embassy Niamey, Office of Security Cooperation, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa and the Regional Training Institute of the Indiana Army National Guard discuss final project plans and combine efforts to enhance the Forces Armées Nigériennes basic training program Dec. 07, 2021, in Niamey, Niger.



By Carmen Daugherty Southern European Task Force Africa Niamey, Niger Jan 12, 2022
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NIAMEY, Niger -- Soldiers from U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa visited Niger Dec. 6-10 to coordinate a program to enhance the Niger army's ability to train new recruits. The SETAF-AF team joined members of the U.S. Embassy Niamey Office of Security Cooperation, the Regional Training Institute of the Indiana Army National Guard, and Niamey army to discuss final project plans.

The basic training project aims to strengthen the basic training capability of Forces Armées Nigériennes. It is part of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership Program Act, authorized by U.S. Congress, and purposed to improve governance and the capacities of countries in North and West Africa. The basic training enhancement is scheduled to be completed before April.

The Regional Training Institute of the Indiana ANG is set to train and certify the FAN basic training instructors. The project aims to standardize FAN basic training in order to provide continuity for a professional security force to counter regional threats and violent extremist organizations. The Indiana Army National Guard and Niger are matched in the National Guard and U.S. Africa Command State Partnership Program.

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