U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus made a visit to Chad on June 12-13, 2014, where he met top Chadian officials. Secretary Mabus’ visit underscores the importance of bilateral relations between the two countries, as well as military cooperation.
Mabus’ visit to Chad represents a continuation of the Department of the Navy’s focus on building partnerships with foreign governments based on alliances, shared values, and mutual trust. From April 14 to May 9, 2014, a team of Marines and sailors from the Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa (SPMAGTF) collaborated with the Chadian Ministry of Agriculture and Environment’s Mobile Brigade, a task force whose purpose is to respond rapidly to suspected incidents of poaching. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, trained 100 host-nation rangers, helping to develop their skills with a small unit tactics and patrolling package, known-distance range shooting, land navigation, and site exploitation. These skills will help prevent poaching, investigate incidents, and pursue criminals. The Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) is the Marine Corps’ principal organization for the conduct of all missions across the range of military operations.
Ray Mabus is the 75th United States Secretary of the Navy and leads the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. As Secretary of the Navy, Mabus is responsible for conducting the affairs of the Department of the Navy, including recruiting, organizing, equipping, training, and mobilizing. Additionally, he oversees the construction and repair of naval ships, aircraft, and facilities, and formulates and implements policies and programs consistent with national security policies. Secretary Mabus is responsible for an annual budget in excess of $170 billion and leadership of almost 900,000 people.