On 31st March 2018 the closing ceremony of the 2st EUTM-S Combat Engineering Course was held at the General Dhagabadan Training Camp in Mogadishu (GDTC).
The EUTM-S Mission Force Commander, BG Pietro Addis, the Chief of SNA Engineer Department, BG Omar Jama, the GDTC Commander, BG Mohamed Mohamud Saney and the Commander of the 32nd Eng. Battalion, Col. Ahmed Shire Warsame attended the event.
All twenty Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers, belonging to the 32nd Engineering Battalion, after showing high motivation and willingness to learn from the European trainers, completed the challenging course successfully. Among others, they got the basic knowledge and skills on constructing obstacles for tactical maneuvers and setting up defensive positions. In addition, the training activity offered the participants the opportunity to understand the techniques of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) which still represent one of the most devastating and accessible weapon available to terrorists to inflict casualties to military personnel and Somali civilians as well.
The delivery of such a training is fully compliant with the EUTM-S 5th mandate where the shift of training from individuals to units was the main change from the 4th one. Additionally, such activities not only are directed to contribute to the SSR of Somalia but their particular “DUAL USE” concept represents another tool in the hands of the Somali Security Forces to increase protection and security of the civilian population.