Often lost in the Global War on Terror are the counter-terrorism efforts in Africa. US service members conduct training missions with the military forces of numerous African nations in order to help them combat terrorism within their own borders. Formerly under CENTCOM, missions in the Horn of Africa will now fall under the newly formed AFRICOM in addition to missions all over the continent.
The CJTF-HOA mission is focused on detecting, disrupting, and ultimately defeating transnational terrorist groups operating in the region - denying safe havens, external support, and material assistance for terrorist activity. Additionally, CJTF-HOA will counter the re-emergence of transnational terrorism in the region through civil-military operations and support of non-governmental organization operations - enhancing the long-term stability of the region. Its area of responsibility includes the total airspace and land areas of Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Ethiopia in Africa, and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula.
CJTF-HOA is comprised of Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen, civilians and partner nations. In addtion to Civil Affairs missions (drilling wells, medical care, renovation of schools and clinics, etc.), CJTF-HOA also conducts military-to-military training, which includes counterterrorism training
This is sort of my conceit project. The Marine is modeled after myself with as close approximations of the gear I actually wore when I was in Africa serving as a weapons trainer. I've included some reference pictures below. This is still a work in progress, I eventually intend to do some repainting, and add some minor details like patches etc. The African soldier is modeled closely off of a Djiboutian, however, I kept him pretty generic so he could be from anywhere. Also so he would be cheap, since he's really just a prop. Fortunately, African militaries aren't terribly well funded so he's actually pretty accurate. I got a chance to meet and work with military personnel from several countries. I've tried to make the poses as authentic as plastic would allow since I do this stuff for a living.
As they sit on the dresser
Observing and demonstrating the combat, or speed, reload.
The speed reload up closer.
Observing pistol handling with a demonstration with an M9. A big problem we often had was safe handling of pistols. Scary stuff, heh.
Close up of the proper combat draw technique. Didn't realize this one was blurry and I had already reposed the figures.
Observing shot groups on a target.
Body - TS Jeff Gregorec
Head- HT II MEF
Boots - ACE Seal Team 10
Interceptor - Dragon
Uniform - ST
M16A4 - Dragon
M9 w/ lanyard - HT Moutain Ops
Pistol Holster - ACE SFOD
Shemagh - BS PMC Machine Gunner
Admin Pouch - HT II MEF
Grenade Pouch - HT II MEF
IFAK - HT USMC SAW Gunner
Drop Leg Panel- TS SEAL
Drop leg Pouch - SS ACU SAW Gunner
PRC-148 - TS ACU SF
M16/M9 Ammo Pouches - TS
African market Oakley Knock-offs - BBi
Watch - HT MCCUU USMC Sniper
Caribiner - HT MCCUU USMC Sniper
Binos - Dragon
Flashlight - Dragon
Body - TS Howard Max Mullen
BDU - Dragon Jamie
Belt - Dragon
Boots - TS Howard Max Mullen
AK-47 - Dragon
Beret - Dragon
Can't say I'm too enthusiastic about the Toy Soldier bodies. Their posability is frustratingly limited and their joints are loose. But the price was right since both of them cost me about as much as a single HT TrueType would have run me on EBay. Fortunately the "diorama" pose I had already picked out works perfectly. Eventually going to eliminate the bendy glove hands in favor of a pair of bendies with cloth gloves. Poor African guy ended up with a purple beret because I misinterpreted the color which I thought was going to be a dark red, heh. I also dislike the color and fit of the Dragon Coyote Interceptor OTV, but it was all I could find to work with. ST MARPAT isn't too bad. A little too much dark brown.
Hope you all enjoy these.
I'm also more than happy to provide any reference information people want as far as weapons and the Marine Corps for their own figures to the best of my knowledge. These are probably the only two I will ever do (famous last words, I know) since I'm not a "toy" guy. But I really enjoy looking at the various projects people create.
All Marines are myself except where faces are blurred out or not visible.
Hard at work training: