French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ), alongside U.S. service members with Mixed Joint Activity Pressure – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and models from Camp Lemonnier, participated within the French-led Train WAKRI 22, March 13-15, 2022. Train WAKRI, the biggest annual French-led train in Djibouti, came about throughout Djibouti and offered sensible coaching for French Armed Forces air, floor and sea parts alongside their U.S. Allies. Taking part French property included greater than 2,000 French Armed Forces, 150 automobile, together with 70 armored, 4 French Dassault Mirage fighter jets, Joint Terminal Assaults Controllers (JTAC), ground-to-air artillery, mortar groups, gazelle and Puma helicopters. From CJTF-HOA, the U.S. offered planners, public affairs, medical employees and two infantry platoons. Different models from Camp Lemonnier included ships from Marine Expeditionary Safety Squadron (MISRON) and an explosive ordnance disposal workforce.

“Blue forces attacked Arta Seashore and launched their counter assault from Djibouti to the south. Crimson Forces opposed them from the north to the south in a retrograde maneuver. This train exhibits that we’re capable of arrange environment friendly allied arms firms able to be deployed. This train is concentrated on with the ability to reply to real-world occasions,” stated French Military Capt. Hugo, a FFDJ firm commander and crimson workforce lead.


“From this coaching we achieve rehearsals on our personal techniques and commonplace working procedures,” stated Virginia Military Nationwide Guard Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Belcher, East Africa Response Pressure (EARF), CJTF-HOA. “And we additionally get to construct relationships and familiarity with our allies’ capabilities and property.”

U.S. Military Troopers with the East Africa Response Pressure (EARF), Activity Pressure Crimson Dragon, Mixed Joint Activity Pressure – Horn of Africa, and French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ) troopers take part in Train WAKRI 22 at Grand Bara, Djibouti, March 14, 2022.(U.S. Air Pressure picture by Senior Airman Blake Wiles)

On the morning of March 13, the French Mistral-class LHD ship unloaded autos and floor forces onto Arta Seashore, Djibouti to hone their amphibious assault expertise, formally kicking off Train WAKRI 22. Over the following three days, the train included greater than 100 particular person incidents along with fixed blue and crimson power skirmishes, command and management communication and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Two U.S. platoons with Activity Pressure Crimson Dragon (TFRD), one Virginia Nationwide Guard Alpha Firm 3-116th infantry platoon and one Kentucky Nationwide Guard 2nd Platoon Bravo Firm 1-149th, made up one crimson power cell and one blue power cell, respectively. The duty power additionally offered U.S. help parts to strengthen logistical capabilities. The overarching train state of affairs concerned hostile forces making an attempt to determine provide routes on the seashore, whereas concurrently transferring forces towards the capital. The blue forces constantly compelled the crimson forces to withdraw utilizing farther from their supposed targets, creating alternatives for additional simulated assaults till all “enemies” have been eradicated.

WAKRI strengthens the U.S. and French interoperability by hands-on expertise and creating alternatives to realize data in regards to the allied international locations’ working techniques, strategies and procedures; it’s an efficient venue to proceed improvement of the long-standing partnership. Along with bettering interoperability, the train reinforces capabilities and permits sensible coaching for one of many French Armed Forces key missions within the nation: the protection of Djibouti. The three-day train demonstrated how the U.S. and France practice collectively to defend towards threats, strengthening their collective safety forces and selling regional safety, stability, and prosperity.

Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, participate in Exercise WAKRI 22 at Grand Bara, Djibouti, March 15, 2022.
Virginia Military Nationwide Guard Troopers assigned to the East Africa Response Pressure (EARF), Activity Pressure Crimson Dragon, Mixed Joint Activity Pressure – Horn of Africa, take part in Train WAKRI 22 at Grand Bara, Djibouti, March 15, 2022.(U.S. Air Pressure picture by Senior Airman Blake Wiles)