USARAF Soldiers break new ground in Sierra Leone
September 16, 2011
USARAF Soldiers support ACOTA in Sierra Leone
As part of the U.S. State Departments ongoing Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, two U.S. Army Africa Soldiers are training members of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces to conduct peacekeeping operations in Darfur. Currently members of the Sierra Leone military are serving in Darfur as part of a joint UN-African Union force.
Sgt. 1st Class Grady Hyatt and 1st Lt. Salvatore Buzzurro, U.S. Army Africa ACOTA military mentors, assisted the Department of State as they trained Sierra Leone soldiers on a variety of infantry skills such as improvised explosive device awareness, rifle marksmanship, movement techniques, battle drills and establishing combat outposts.