Djibouti: U.S. Army Africa Soldiers offer first responder course 090806
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Just 15 months ago, Daniel Bateson was hanging drywall with his family’s home improvement business, the Connecticut-native never dreamed he would visit Africa.
Even during the weeks and months taking temperatures and handing out band-aids at Vicenza’s health clinic, the U.S. Army Africa private first class wondered if he’d get a shot to take part in the command’s new initiatives – partnering with African militaries to promote stability on the continent.
Then, a few weeks back, Bateson, 21, got tapped to mentor in Djibouti – making him the most junior U.S. Army Africa Soldier to deploy to the continent. He accompanied Sgt. 1st Class Roddy Rieger to Camp Lemonier in early-August, where the team led a weeklong course on how first aid and medical evacuations work in hostile zones – similar to the U.S. Army’s combat lifesaver training.
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