A North Carolina National Guard soldier with B Company, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group, demonstrates how to properly hold and lower an M-4 rifle and switch to a pistol to a group of Botswana Defense Force Special Forces service members before firing the pistols at Thebephatshwa Airbase in Botswana on July 13, 2019. More than 170 Army and Air Guardsmen from North Carolina, Alabama and New Jersey are training in partnership with their Botswanan Defense Force counterparts during Upward Minuteman 2019, a U.S. Africa Command exercise promoting the U.S. National Guard’s State Partnership Programs on the African continent.

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