150 MDF soldiers complete peacekeeping training

150 Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldiers have completed two Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) conducted by two U.S. Army Special Forces teams from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.  For two months, the soldiers have been trained on infantry tactics, operations planning, casualty evacuation, marksmanship, and participated in live fire exercises to prepare for deployment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) later this year in support of the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

The trainings are part of a close and continuous partnership between the U.S. military and the MDF that dates back to Malawi’s independence.  The United States highly values Malawi’s contributions to UN peacekeeping operations and regional stability efforts.  These JCETs will ensure that MDF personnel are fully prepared to react to the unpredictable situations they expect to encounter in the DRC.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the trainings in Senga Bay last week, the U.S. Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) Commander, Captain Eric commended MDF soldiers for their commitment.

“Each and every one of you were by far the most capable, professional and proficient soldiers our Detachment has had the pleasure to train with on the continent of Africa,” Captain Eric observed.