In Photos: French Desert Commando Course

March 1, 2019

US Army soldiers deployed to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and French soldiers participate in the French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Combat Training Center in Arta Plage, Djibouti.

 

The four-day phase is the first of two necessary to earn a coveted French Desert Commando Badge. 

 

Soldiers learn the fundamentals of desert combat, survival, and troop movements while also bridging language and cultural barriers between French and American troops during this French Desert Commando course.

 

The purpose of this French Desert Commando course is to rapidly provide tailorable packages of forces to protect American interests on the continent of Africa should any threats arise.

 

US service members navigate various mountain obstacles during the French Desert Commando Course held at Arta, Djibouti,

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

A US Army Soldier climbs across a beam during the mountain obstacle portion of the French Desert Commando Course held at Arta, Djibouti. 

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

 

US Army Soldiers navigate an obstacle course during the French Desert Commando Course at the Centre D'entraînement Au Combat Djibouti in Arta Plage, Djibouti.

US Navy Photo by Timothy M. Ahearn

 

US Army National Guard Sgt. Gabriel Mancera carries his rucksack to his defensive position during the first day of a French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex near Arta, Djibouti.

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

 

US Soldiers make their way across a portion of the mountain obstacle course during French Desert Commando Course at Arta Plage, Djibouti.

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault

 

A US Army Soldier looks at his French Desert Commando Course pin after the graduation ceremony near Ali Sabieh, Djibouti.

US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

 

US Army Spc. Travis Flynn practices recovering onto a single rope bridge during the French Desert Commando Course at the Centre D'entraînement Au Combat Djibouti in Arta Plage, Djibouti.

US Navy Photo by Timothy M. Ahearn

 

 

US Army National Guard 1st Lt. Joshua York (left) speaks with French service members on the first day of a French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex near Arta, Djibouti.

US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

 

US military members and French forces stationed in Djibouti complete a challenging physical assessment in preparation for a 12-day French Desert Commando Course.

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Eboni Prince

 

The desert commando course consists of up to seven phases that teach participants combat life-saving skills, field tactics, land navigation, weapons training, trap setting, survival cooking, and water-source locating.

 

US Army National Guard Spc. Kiefer Davis stacks rocks as he sets up a defensive position on the first day of a French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex near Arta, Djibouti.

US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

 

US Army Spc. Mikala Leal practices recovering onto a single rope bridge during the French Desert Commando Course at the Centre D'entraînement Au Combat Djibouti in Arta Plage, Djibouti.

US Navy Photo by Timothy M. Ahearn

 

US Army Spc. Jarrod Allison completes an obstacle on “Voie de L’Inconscient” or “Path of the Unconscious”, the final evolution of the initial phase of the French Desert Commando Course at the Centre D'entraînement Au Combat Djibouti in Arta Plage, Djibouti,

US Navy Photo by Timothy M. Ahearn

 

A US Army Soldier observes a teammate swing to a cargo net during the mountain obstacle portion of the French Desert Commando Course held at Arta, Djibouti

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore

 

US Army Spc. Johnny Mosso walks across the wire during the mountain obstacle portion of the French Desert Commando course in Djibouti, Africa.

US Army National Guard photo by Spc. Victoria Eckert

 

US Soldiers begin the mountain obstacle course portion of the French Desert Commando Course at Arta Plage, Djibouti,

USAF photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault.

 

US military soldiers negotiate obstacles during French Desert commando course in Arta, Djibouti.

US Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo

 

The soldiers who complete the French desert commando course will learn survival tactics, accomplished water and mountain obstacle courses and ultimately, will have gained practical knowledge for surviving in austere environments.

 

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa works closely with its French partners to offer this course to members stationed here at Camp Lemonnier a couple times per year.

 

US Marine Capt. John Garlasco is awarded the French Desert commando pin during the desert survival and tactics course pinning ceremony. 

US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Steve H. Lopez

 

A Marine  climbs a cargo net during in a mountain obstacle course during the French Desert Commando Course.

USMC photo by Cpl. Timothy Valero

 

US Soldiers wait at the base of the French Desert Commando obstacle course in Djibouti, Africa

USAF Photo by Senior Airman Erin Piazza

 

US Soldiers sit in front of the French Desert Commando obstacle course after completing it in Djibouti, Africa.

US Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Erin Piazza

 

Through unified action with US and international partners in East Africa, CJTF-HOA conducts security force assistance, executes military engagement, provides force protection, and provides military support to regional counter-violent extremist organization operations in order to support aligned regional efforts, ensure regional access and freedom of movement, and protect US interests.

 

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