Marine-Forces-Africa

And then train some more.

U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepare to debark the U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter to participate in Mass Casualty Exercise 12-1 which started in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti. The exercise followed a fictitious storyline, but called for the employment of real-world assets. While French and U.S. forces conduct frequent combined training events, this was the first exercise of this type between the two nations in Djibouti. The U.S. forces involved are assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA. CJTF-HOA works with coalition partners, such as the French, and with countries in East Africa to promote regional security and stability.

(Photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano, 25 SEP 2012. Source.)

150119-M-ZB219-357 - Cpl. Nashion Crutchfieldward, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, signals an MV-22 Osprey during an external-lift drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015. Crutchfieldward fought against the powerful downwash of the Osprey to provide hand and arm signals to the pilots as they hovered to pick up a load of supplies. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Paul Peterson) by U.S. Marine Forces Europe and Africa http://flic.kr/p/qUjXHp