CHEMERIL, Kenya -- August 15, 2006 -- A male tribesman and herder watches the military teams setting up the area around Chemeril for a veterinary civil assistance program.
The local tribe elders told our leadership that the men of the area were not likely to participate in either medical or veterinary programs for fear of being conscripted or having their weapons confiscated. This man never approached closer than 300 yards.
As part of Exercise Natural Fire, over 2000 sheep and goats were vaccinated against Sheep Pox and Pleural Pneumonia today at a Veterinary Civil Assistance Project (VETCAP) operated by U.S., Kenyan, Tanzanian and Ugandan veterinarians and doctors. Natural Fire 2006, a 10-day multi-lateral training exercise involving Kenyan, Tanzanian, Ugandan and United States service members, runs Aug. 8-19 and is the largest combined exercise between Eastern African Community nations and the U.S. The exercise is set to provide medical, civil and engineering civic affairs programs to rural areas in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya as well as hold military to military training exercises, which will help all participants better respond to humanitarian crises. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Roger S. Duncan)(Released)