ARTA, Djibouti -- March 25, 2006 -- Djiboutian Army Sgt. Mohamed Mead Indayar is in charge of the automobile maintenance garage at the Djiboutian military base at Arta.
The U.S. military is providing a two-week auto maintenance training program here. Through a translator Sgt. Indayar said, "I want my men to learn more about engines and be able to see how things work. I would like to have them come to the American camp and see how men work there." Sergeant Indayar took a military training course in auto maintenance from the U.S. Marines in 1996 and has kept up his skills by maintaining the camp's machinery since then. It is challenging for him because he does not have proper tools or access to new parts to replace broken components. Of the ten vehicles in his motorpool, none are currently operational although he has more than fifteen men willing to work on them.