SPECIALIST soldiers from the United States as part of the American Government’s Humanitarian Mine Action (HMA) program trained 15 members of the Namibia Security forces in the identification and disposal of unexploded ordnance which pose extreme danger to residents of Namibia.
The training was facilitated by the U.S. Africa Command and focus was placed on the detection, identification, and disposal of explosive remnants of war, which include landmines, grenades, rockets, and artillery shells.
Medical training, including first aid, self-aid, and buddy care was also provided. Each participant received a Certificate of Completion for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Level 1 Course of Instruction. Ten members of the Namibian Defence Force and five members of the Namibian Police received the specialist training.
The HMA program provides humanitarian mine action assistance to countries suffering from the presence of persistent landmines, which maim and kill innocents, obstruct emergency assistance activities, hamper economic development, and impede free movement of residents.
The extreme danger of unexploded ordnance in Namibia was seen at the end of May, 2018 when an 11-year-old boy died in the Ohangwena Region after a grenade that he and other children were playing with exploded. Three other children between the age of four and seven were injured.
The U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department’s regional military headquarters and has administrative responsibility for U.S. military support to U.S. government policy in Africa, which includes military-to-military relationships with 54 nations on the continent.