AFRICOM kicks off first exercise
BAMAKO, Mali - Lt. Col. Jay Conners, commander of the forward deployed element of the Joint Special Operations Task Force (Trans-Sahara), greets Senegalese soldiers who recently arrived in Bamako, Mali to participate in FLINTLOCK on Nov. 3, 2008. The three-day exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is designed to build relationships and capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa and is the first exercise for USAFRICOM since its creation on Oct. 1, 2008.

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