The Fight Against Al-Shabaab
The Fight Against al-Shabaab
"We can send small teams of Marines and know we're making a big impact with our partners." —LtCol Gerard Wynn, USMC
Super: East Africa 2012
Super: Political chaos in the region leads to a rise in terrorism and warlords.
Super: Al-Shabaab, the African arm of Al-Qaeda, gains power in the war-torn region.
Super: Al-Shabaab's brutal public attacks and suicide bombings instill fear in the region.
Super: The Uganda People's Defense Force (UPDF) works diligently to stabilize the region.
Super: Marines from Marine Air Ground Task Force 12 are called to train the UPDF.
SSgt Billy Epperson, USMC: Combat engineers allow for the infantry to move through the battlefield.
Sgt Joseph Bergeron, USMC: Their mission is to boil cache at the end of their route, but they could face IEDs or several other obstacles.
Super: Combat engineers train Ugandans to defend against Al-Shabaab attacks.
Cpl Bryan Minter, USMC: Make sure you have control.
Ugandan Soldier: I have control.
Cpl Bryan Minter: OK, give the commands.
Super: The threats the UPDF must learn to face down are as varied as they are deadly.
Sgt Luke Parker, USMC: We have protection from RPGs, direct fire weapons, recoil rifles, AKs, snipers.
Super: Marines continue to train and support forces throughout Eastern Africa in hope of a brighter future.
Ugandan Soldier: I've at least achieved a lot from the American Marines as far as my job as a soldier is concerned.
Announcer VO: Whether called to fight or help others, Marines remain ready to face down any threat at any time.