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STATE ROUNDUP the klaxon goes off, you jump in your skin,” he said. Milham and his detachment were busy in 2010. In addition to numerous scrambles, he helped edit the tactics manual for North American Aerospace Defense Command pilots. The detachment also earned the highest rating of “mission ready” from NORAD from inspectors after a rigor-ous no-notice alert-force evaluation in November. Inspection specifically cited Mil-ham’s leadership and oversight in the execution of the new tactics. —By Maj. Gabe Johnson Kansas Deployed Guard Troops Train Djibouti Army’s Elite Soldiers Members of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry, recent-ly trained members of the Djiboutian army’s elite 1st Rapid Action Regiment in squad movement, convoy opera-tions, contact drills, camp security and marksmanship. Training also included mortar-crew training and a combat-engineering course, according to Staff Sgt. Nel-son Perkins, mission commander and a member of Kansas Army National Guard unit. “Our mission here is to mentor the Djiboutian military as they prepare for upcoming missions,” said Staff Sgt. Tra-vis Elder, an infantry squad leader with the 137th. “We’re trying to help them so they are capable of preventing conflict, establishing regional stability and pro-tecting coalition interests here.” The Kansas soldiers have been in Djibouti since June to build relations with the military and government of the country on the Horn of East Africa. “My team and I are out here men-toring the soldiers and helping them along, basically giving them more tools for their toolbox,” added Elder. “We’re showing them things that have helped us get through certain operations, and we want to help them so they can get through their future missions without any problem.” The Djibouti regiment, established in 1991, provides border security on the Somaliland border, seven miles from the camp where the training took place. According to 2nd Lt. Omar Ali, a company commander and interpreter, Guard instructors are good because they have real world experience in what they teach. “We already had a good relationship with the U.S. Army,” Ali said, “and I have to say it’s a good thing and we have a good image of the U.S. Army.” —By Maj. Khalid Cannon PROMOTING NATIONAL SECURITY SINCE 1919 Maximize Your Reach & Budget! Interact with Military Users, Decision Makers from DoD, DHS & Other Government Agencies For more information on exhibiting at these and other NDIA expositions contact: Luellen Hoffman Director of Exhibits Phone: 703-247-9460 Email: lhoffman@ndia.org 2011 Joint Service Power Expo – #1670 “Smaller, Better, Greener – Reducing the Energy Footprint” May 2-5, 2011 f Myrtle Beach, SC Global Explosive Ordnance Disposal Conference & Exhibition – #1950 “Attacking the Network” May 3-5, 2011 f Ft. Walton Beach, FL 2011 Ground Robotic Capabilities Conference & Exhibition – #1380 “Saving Lives, Saving $ – Are Robot Recruits the Answer?” March 22-24, 2011 f Orlando, FL Key officials from all levels of government responsible for setting requirements and fielding means of portable power will be there. Produced by NDIA with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Under Secretary for Policy, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Low Intensity Conflict & Interdependent Capabilities (SOLIC & IC) and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial Foundation. This conference provides the opportunity to network with government, military and industry leaders in the robotics world. For more information on these and other NDIA conferences visit us on the web at www.ndia.org April 2011 | 99

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