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10 Things About Atlas Accord 2012

BT-67 air drop during Atlas Accord 2012

MOPTI, MALI -- A Malian Air Force BT-67 drops helicopter boxes as part of aerial re-supply training during operation Atlas Accord near Mopti, Mali on Feb. 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Henderson)

1. The Atlas Accord is an annual exercise that brings together U.S. Army personnel with militaries in Africa.

2. More than 300 military members and seven nations joined the exercise this year from Feb. 7 to 15, 2012.

3. Last year, Uganda hosted the exercise, which was called Atlas Drop.

4. Atlas Accord 2012 focused on enhancing air drop capabilities and ensures effective delivery of military resupply materials and humanitarian aid.

5. The learning goes both ways. “I learned they do a lot with a little. I don’t know how they handle trauma situations but, it’s impressive how they do it,” said Staff Sergeant Anthony P. Baca, an 807th MDSC Army healthcare specialist.

There have been challenges, but the Malians were very resourceful, said U.S. Army Capt. Bob V. Luthor from Huntington, W. Va., a team leader with Co. C, 2nd Bn., 19th SFG (Abn.). They removed a second set of pilot flight controls from one of the smaller aircraft to fit the supplies and personnel to drop them.

A cordon set up during Atlas Accord 2012

MOPTI, MALI — A Malian airmen set up a cordon around a helicopter box as part of the air drop recovery training with the 2/19th Special Forces as part of operation Atlas Accord 2012, near Mopti, Mali on Feb. 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Henderson)

6. African troops learned how to secure a drop zone in adverse conditions.  “The training was really interesting,” said Malian Army Sgt. Oumar Traore, as airborne infantryman.

“The 19th SFG taught us to set-up the operational readiness platform, to send out reconnaissance patrols, and establish security at the drop zone. We’ve learned how to conduct these operations under any circumstances. This exercise also helps us work with troops from other nations,” he said.

7. Atlas Accord also included a medical component. “We are training with the Malian medical personnel on different types of equipment that include cervical braces, finger splints, ring cutters, pressure bandages, back boards and more,” said Maj. Dean A. Nelson, a family physician and Wendell, Idaho native assigned to the 328th CSH, 807th MDSC.

MOPTI, MALI — U.S. Army Maj. Dean A. Nelson, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, and Wendell, Idaho native, explains the use of a battery powered cauterizer pen to Malian Medical Defense Forces Col. Youssouf Treore, in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7. The 807th MDSC were in Mali as medical support during Atlas Accord 12. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kimberly Trumbull)

8. The U.S. medics are also training, in a sense, on how to be better trainers. “The training will help our medics become better since they are teaching the Malians through interpreters and have to move slowly and ensure they are understood; it gives them a better understanding of the training they are providing,” said Lt. Col. David H. Moikeha, an emergency physician, and Coppell, Texas native, assigned to the 94th Combat Support Hospital, 807th MDSC.

 9. Thanks to the exercise, the Malian military will be able to improve its trauma care. “We receive so much trauma from highway accidents, military and civilian,” said Malian Army Col. Youssouf Treore, commander of the medical detachment in Mopti. “The equipment we have will help us care for the trauma patients we receive at our level.”

10. The exercise’ impact will reach far beyond February 2012. The pathfinder training during Atlas Accord 12 can potentially help future joint operations between partner nations to deliver humanitarian supplies safely to those in need.

— Compiled from various reports, including from Utah Army National Guard, Soldiers Radio News, U.S. Army Africa, AFRICOM, and others.

Interested in learning more? Check out:

Audio
Radio report on Atlas Accord from Soldiers Radio News (MP3)

Video
Overview at the Close of Atlas Accord from Soldiers Radio News
Troops train on 4 aerial delivery systems
Training on FARP(Forward Arming and Refueling Point), as easy-access point in austere conditions (video)

Stories
U.S., Malian military medics train to save lives
Pathfinders ‘get the goods’

Djibouti’s Largest Hospital Receives Upgraded Medical Equipment from Camp Lemmonier

By U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Andrew Caya
CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti, Feb 14, 2012 — U.S. service members transferred two anesthesia machines from Camp Lemonnier’s Expeditionary Medical Facility to Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012.
The EMF upgraded their anesthesia capabilities, leaving the two machines as excess equipment. The excess machines were delivered to enhance Djiboutian medical care.

“It feels very nice to have the machines from Camp Lemonnier,” said Dr. Elias Said, Peltier General Hospital medical director. “Work can be done better and easier with them. They are smaller than the previous ones we have and can be easily (moved) from one room to another.”

“The hospital treats more than 2,000 emergency cases a year in five operating rooms; three which have the outdated machines,” Said stated. “Children will benefit from the equipment as the machines can be used in pediatric cases, unlike the older equipment,” he added.

The outdated anesthesia machines can be unsafe for patients, U.S. Navy Lieutenant (Doctor) Heather Yurka said. She said the newly-acquired machines are also more modern and increase patient safety during surgery.

Peltier General Hospital is a training hospital for the region, said Mark Mitchell, U.S. Agency for International Development Djibouti program officer. “Many doctors will be able to use these machines and train on them.”

Djiboutian citizens aren’t the only ones who work and train at Peltier General. Djiboutian and American medical staffs often exchange medical professional knowledge there.

Because of a 2008 cooperative agreement between Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and Peltier General Hospital, Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility personnel enjoy a working relationship with the hospital.

Yurka stated that, under the agreement, she and EMF personnel exchange best practices with the hospital staff several times a week.

“We give surgical care to the individuals here,” Yurka said. “EMF personnel use this equipment here and train with the anesthesia techs and anesthesiologists on how to use and maintain the equipment. (The training) enables us to practice (medicine) the way we would in the United States.”

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – Moustaoha Abdilldhi (left), a local anesthesia nurse, and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Heather Yurka, Camp Lemonnier anesthesiologist, set up an anesthesiology machine at Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012. U.S. service members delivered two anesthesiology machines from the camp to Peltier General Hospital. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen)

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – U.S. Navy Lieutenant Heather Yurka, Expeditionary Medical Facility anesthesiologist at Camp Lemonnier, delivers one of two anesthesiology machines from the camp to Peltier General Hospital in Djibouti, Djibouti, February 6, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen)

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