Lao Army successful completed a training program on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Level 1

            On 5 August 2016, the Lao National Unexploded  Ordnance Programme  (UXO  Lao) held a graduation ceremony for 26 members of the Humanitarian  Clearance  Teams of the Lao People’s Army after their completion of five-week  training  program on Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Level 1. The  ceremony  was held  at the UXO Lao Training Center in Vientiane and was  chaired by UXO  Lao  Director Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong and  co-chaired by Mr.  Phoukhieo  Chanthasomboune, Director of the National  Regulatory Authority for  UXO/Mine  Action Sector in Lao PDR (NRA) and  Lieutenant Colonel Mr. Viengxay  Xaysamone, Deputy Director of Engineering  Department of Ministry of National  Defence, the training program was funded  by the Government of Korea  through  the Trust Fund, administered by the United Nations Development Programme  (UNDP) in Lao PDR.

 The training program took place from 4 July to 5 August 2016 at the UXO Lao  Training Center and trained a group of 26 (including 4 women) deminers. It  was  the third successful program for the year 2016 behind two programs in  the first  half year. The training aims to strengthen the capacity of the Lao  People’s  Army,  particularly in UXO removal or destruction. The main areas  covered by the training were: Basic understanding on UXOs and Landmines; UXO fuse identification; demining tools utilization and UXO removal/destruction.

Certificates of completion were distributed to all trainees to certify the accomplishment of this training program, handed-over by UXO Lao Director Mr. Thiphasone Soukhathammavong.

In addition to the program, trainees who has shown particular aptitude during the five-week program were given a prize for first-class distinction, handed by NRA Director Mr. Phoukhieo Chanthasomboune.

Moreover, trainees who has shown their good skills were also received a present of second-class distinction which handed by Chief of UXO Lao Training Center Mr.  Kham Onn Vilaysane. Lastly, all the attendees was invited for a group photos as for officially closed and for the group memories.  


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