The RAF say it has delivered media training to peacekeepers in East Africa before they are sent to Somalia.

Two officers were part of a team teaching media skills to soldiers from Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi.

According to a news release from the Royal Air Force:

“Flight Lieutenants Robin Griffiths and Martin Wade were based in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, where they gave training to personnel from the African Union (AU) which runs the peacekeeping mission in Somalia, called AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia).”

The three-man team was led by Lieutenant Colonel Hamish MacMillan, Commanding Officer of the Joint Information Activities Group (JIAG) a tri-service media and information operations training unit based at RAF Halton.

He said: “Having served with the UN in a peacekeeping role myself in Somalia, I know how important it is to get your media operations right. The students have really been enthusiastic learners and I’m sure the training will help them when they deploy with AMISOM.”

“It’s been great to have the team from JIAG here over the past two weeks. Judging by the feedback from the students, they have worked really well together, across languages and nationalities and they are that much more prepared for their mission as a result of that training.”

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