Partnerships

Controlling Chaos

Jan. 29, 2019

Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Africa team trained alongside French gendarmes to respond to a riot during a U.S. embassy reinforcement exercise at the National Gendarmerie Tactical Training Center in Saint-Astier, France, Jan. 18.

The Marines are part of a rotational force deployed to conduct crisis response and theater security operations in Europe and Africa.  

Marines stand in a line holding riot shields.
Shield Work
Marines practice holding a line during riot control training in France.
Photo By: Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Taylor Cox
VIRIN: 190117-M-JP124-031
A Marine fires a small weapon, which emits a burst of flame.
Launcher Shot
Marines practice riot control procedures by firing non-lethal rubber balls.
Photo By: Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Taylor Cox
VIRIN: 190117-M-JP124-061
Marines and French gendarmerie in riot control gear run through a cloud of smoke.
Cloudy Pursuit
Marines and French gendarmerie run through tear gas while practicing riot control procedures at a tactical training center in France.
Photo By: Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Taylor Cox
VIRIN: 190118-M-JP124-018Y
Marines and French gendarmes with riot shields push a line of role playing protestors.
Defensive Bound
Marines and French gendarmes push back a line of rioters while executing a “defensive bound” during riot control training in France.
Photo By: Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Taylor Cox
VIRIN: 190118-M-JP124-016

U.S. military forces train with civilian law enforcement organizations to build their peacekeeping skills. Training alongside the gendarmerie reinforces the strong U.S.-French relationship and prepares the Marines and gendarmes to work together in possible real-world scenarios around Europe and Africa.

This training event is part of a partnership between the gendarmerie, a French militarized police unit dedicated to public safety, and the task force.