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  • UN, ECOWAS partners kick-off Western Accord 16

    May 4, 2016

    International troops supporting U.S. Army Africa's Western Accord 16 attended the exercise's Opening Day Ceremony May 2, 2016 at Camp Zagre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

  • 9th BEB Soldiers depart to Africa to support Western Accord 16

    May 4, 2016

    FORT STEWART, Ga. - Soldiers with 9th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, Georgia, began movement from Savannah, Georgia, to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, April 23-27 in support of exercise Western Accord 16, or WA 16.

  • Soldiers in Cameroon receive first mail shipment

    May 4, 2016

    Garoua, Cameroon - After several months of planning and coordination across three continents, mail arrived May 1, 2016 for the approximately 200 Soldiers here assisting Cameroonians combat violent extremism. Soldiers from the 16th Sustainment Brigade and 21st Special Troops Battalion, 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany, assisted in the establishment of postal operations for personnel on mission here, mostly from the Fort Stewart, Georgia based 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

  • Vicenza Military Community participates in International Denim Day

    Apr 29, 2016

    VICENZA, Italy - On a cool April day, a mother pushes her young daughter in a stroller as her son walks alongside. In her mind, she is not only helping to raise awareness to sexual assault, she is setting an example for her children. "If someone approaches my children I want them to be able to say 'no'," said Jessica Van Vleet, wife of Staff Sgt. Patrick Van Vleet, an infantrymen with 173rd Airborne Brigade. "By doing this walk, it shows them that I care."

  • US Army Africa, Malawi synchronize efforts leading up to Southern Accord 2016

    Apr 15, 2016

    LILONGWE, Malawi -- U.S. Army Africa and military planners from Malawi worked with representatives from five countries this week to complete the final planning for Southern Accord 2016 here April 11-16. Military members from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the 75th Training Command, The Land Operations Support Command of the Royal Netherlands Army, and USARAF planners worked together for several months to synchronize efforts for this year's command-post exercise scheduled for August 2016.

  • Florida National Guard deploy to Horn of Africa

    Apr 14, 2016

    Tearful eyes and bright smiles filled a hangar for the departure ceremony of the 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team's 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, known as the Hurricanes.

  • US, Cameroon troops partner for local education

    Apr 8, 2016

    GAROUA, Cameroon - Soldiers from 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, in partnership with the Cameroon Air Force, held a school supply donation ceremony at the Ecole Maternelle Base Aerienne 301 Garoua (government nursery school) here April 8.

  • Armed Forces Liberia, USARAF reaffirm partnerships

    Apr 7, 2016

    VICENZA, Italy -- Armed Forces of Liberia Chief of Staff, Brig. Gen. Daniel Ziankahn, met with U.S. Army Africa Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams and other USARAF staff to reaffirm the partnership between the two nation's armies during a command sponsored visit, here, May 4-6, 2016. "The visit helped to solidify our relationship, one that we have been building over the years," said Ziankahn.

  • US, Tanzanian planners work side-by-side for ALFS 2016

    Apr 6, 2016

    ARUSHA, Tanzania - Twenty-four planners from the U.S. and Tanzanian People's Defense Force met here March 7-18 to finalize the details for the African Land Forces Summit 2016. ALFS is an annual, weeklong seminar that brings together land forces chiefs from across Africa for candid dialog to discuss and develop cooperative solutions to regional and transregional challenges and threats. ALFS 2016 will be hosted in Arusha by the TPDF and USARAF for the first time. Scheduled for May, this is the fourth such seminar coordinated by U.S. Army Africa.

  • US, Burkina Faso wrap-up Western Accord 2016 planning event

    Apr 6, 2016

    By Sgt. 1st Class Chris Bridson, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - U.S. Army Africa and Burkina Faso military planners worked with representatives from 18 different countries to complete the final planning process for Western Accord 2016 here, March 21-25. Military members from the Economic Community of West African States, United Nations Department of Peace Keeping Operations, partner nations, Burkina Faso Armed Forces, and USARAF planners spent the last few months working together to ensure a successful execution of WA 2016 in May.

  • AFRICOM Intelligence Brigade stands up

    Mar 16, 2016

    The 207th Military Intelligence Brigade activated in a ceremony March 16, 2016 here at Hoekstra Field on Caserma Ederle. The 207th is the Theater Intelligence Brigade for United States Africa Command and is under the operational control of U.S. Army Africa.

  • Djiboutian soldiers train on the range

    Mar 15, 2016

    Soldiers from the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) completed basic rifle marksman training with help from U.S. Army Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) Soldiers, March 10, 2016, at Arta range, Djibouti.

  • USARAF, Togolese army partner for three-part unit movement course

    Mar 11, 2016

    U.S. Army Africa trainers provided more than 60 hours of unit movement officer training to Togolese Armed Forces Soldiers during a three-phase initiative to enhance movement of personnel and equipment in support of peacekeeping operations from Jan. 18 to March 11 at Lomé, Togo.

  • USARAF uses talents of rare food, water safety officer

    Mar 7, 2016

    About 65 percent of the human body is made up of water. Having safe water to drink is a basic necessity. On average, a person can survive three days without water before perishing. A close second is having a safe food supply. Again, the average person can survive about three weeks without food. At the brink of dehydration or starvation, a person may try to consume anything to subdue the thirst or hunger. Consuming tainted food is worse than no food. Sure, your stomach is full, however the side effects of ingesting unapproved food or water can be life threatening. Counting on both to be safe not only provides a sense of comfort, it also allows time for activities other than searching for safe food and water. Helping ensure food and water safety for Soldiers working with U.S. Army Africa is the job of Chief Warrant Officer Clayton Davenport.

  • 7th MSC Soldiers support AFRICOM's Operation Echo Casemate

    Feb 26, 2016

    U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 7th Mission Support Command conducted joint partnered movement control operations with French Air Force members and U.S. Air Force personnel in support of United States Africa Command's Operation Echo Casemate resupply mission to Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, Feb. 22.

  • Michigan National Guard, Armed Forces of Liberia Soldiers construct new buildings at EBK

    Feb 24, 2016

    What started last May as a Senior Leader Engagement between Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, the adjutant general of the Michigan National Guard, and Armed Forces of Liberia officials, ended with the construction of two large, multipurpose buildings at the Edward Binyah Kesselly military training facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Recently, Vadnais returned to Liberia to see the finished product and to celebrate Liberian Armed Forces Day with Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian military leaders, soldiers and their families.

  • East Africa Response Force completes validation, demonstrates crisis response capability

    Feb 19, 2016

    Within hours of being notified,Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), East Africa Response Force (EARF) prepared dozens of Soldiers and tons of supplies for takeoff during an emergency response exercise, validating the EARF's rapid response capabilities.

  • AFRICOM and National Guard leaders gather to discuss State Partnership Program

    Feb 18, 2016

    Senior leaders from United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) and subordinate command United States Army Africa (USARAF) joined the National Guard, hosted by the North Carolina National Guard, to discuss the future of the State Partnership Program in Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 26-28, 2016.

  • 3-15 Infantry Soldiers depart to Africa

    Feb 17, 2016

    Soldiers from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division departed for Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Feb. 3 in support of U.S. Africa Command.

  • En route to pull teeth, Army Civil Affairs members pull man from tractor-trailer crash

    Feb 13, 2016

    On a busy two-way road packed with motorists about an hour south of Djibouti City, four 18-wheelers sat smashed together, their cabs crushed like soda cans in a recycle bin. Shattered glass covered the streets, and the screams of a trapped man filled the air. Before coming face-to-face with this tragic accident, members from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, were en route to Ali Adde, a remote village not far from the Somali border, for a dental civic action program mission to provide basic dental care to local villagers, Feb. 10, 2016.

  • Malawi Defence Force focuses on NCO development

    Feb 12, 2016

    The Malawi Armed Forces College sent a delegation to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas to learn first-hand how the U.S. Army educates its senior noncommissioned officers. The delegation spent two days at USASMA talking to the commandant and cadre and receiving briefings on course content and delivery in hopes of taking back some ideas to help grow their burgeoning senior NCO course.

  • Flintlock 16 kicks off in Senegal

    Feb 10, 2016

    The annual Flintlock exercise kicked off, Feb. 8, in Thies with an opening ceremony that brought together senior leaders and guests representing participating countries. This year, more than 30 nations are attending Flintlock.

  • MEDRETE brings U.S. military medical professionals to Senegal

    Feb 5, 2016

    DAKAR, Senegal -- U.S. Army Reserve medical professionals from around the world gathered in Dakar, Senegal, Jan. 18-29, partnering with Senegalese military medical professionals for Medical Readiness Training Exercise 16-1. U.S. Army Africa conducts MEDRETE exercises in different partner nations throughout the year to increase medical capabilities and proficiencies. MEDRETE 16-1 is the first of many exercises to be coordinated by USARAF this year and brought U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers to Dakar to share and learn with their Senegalese counterparts.

  • Deployments make Guard doctor better hometown physician

    Feb 5, 2016

    Ebola and malaria aren't diseases doctors working in the hometown of the Baseball Hall of Fame expect to deal with. But Dr. William LeCates, a kidney specialist and medical director of Bassett Healthcare Center here, has experience with these diseases, as well as battlefield medicine, as a result of his other career as Lt. Col. William LeCates, a New York Army National Guard doctor.

  • Western Accord 2016 planning event lays foundation for May exercise

    Feb 4, 2016

    Representatives from the U.S. Army and the Burkina Faso Defense Forces, in conjunction with eight African partner nations, came together here for Western Accord 2016 initial planning event Jan. 25-29. Exercise WA 16, scheduled later in the year, assist in the development of capacity of the stand-by force, its member nations and allied rapid deployment capability to plan and deploy, employ, sustain and redeploy forces in support of African Union and European Union mandated peace operations in a regional crisis.

  • Chaplains collaborate, share values during exercise

    Feb 3, 2016

    Chaplains, from the United States and South Africa, got the chance to meet and collaborate during Exercise Allied Spirit IV, which is taking place until Feb. 5 at the U.S. Army's Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

  • CoESPU director visits USARAF mobile forensic labs

    Jan 27, 2016

    Director of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units, Italian Brig. Gen. Paolo Nardone, and his deputy, U.S. Army Col. Darius Gallegos, visited U.S. Army Africa's mobile forensic laboratories at Caserma Ederle, Jan. 25. The visit was hosted by Mr. Brian Rankin, International Criminal and Investigative Assistance Program liaison to USARAF, and was part of an ongoing effort to improve the coordination between USARAF and CoESPU in support of both organizations' missions on the African continent.

  • African Readiness Training 2016 planners meet in Senegal

    Jan 22, 2016

    DAKAR, Senegal -- Planners from U.S. Army Africa, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment and the Senegalese Army met Jan. 12-14 to conduct the initial planning event for the African Readiness Training 2016. The training is currently scheduled to take place here in July and will include Soldiers from the U.S. and Senegalese armies.

  • Spartan Brigade sets pace for future missions to Africa

    Jan 19, 2016

    Brigade and battalion staffs, assigned to the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, conducted a command post exercise, or CPX, at the Mission Training Complex on Fort Stewart, Ga., Jan. 11-14.

  • US Army Africa welcomes new command sergeant major

    Jan 12, 2016

    Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Gilpin assumed the position of U.S. Army Africa's senior noncommissioned officer during a change of responsibility ceremony Jan. 8 Caserma Ederle's Hoekstra Field. Despite frigid temperatures, the ceremony was an opportunity for Soldiers, family and friends to welcome Gilpin and his family into the Vicenza Military Community. Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, USARAF commanding general, presided over the ceremony. Williams welcomed ceremony attendees and gave kudos to out-going Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Stitzel.

  • Brass quintet charms community

    Dec 23, 2015

    Soldiers with the U.S. Army Europe Band and Chorus, Brass Quintet, bring sounds of holiday music to residents of Vicenza Military Community, Dec. 16-18, here. The USAREUR quintet traveled from Sembach, Germany, their home station, to play music during U.S. Army Africa's holiday party, held Dec. 18. They used the event as an opportunity to boost community morale within VMC.

  • US, Gabonese planners partner to plan Central Accord 2016

    Dec 23, 2015

    Planners from the United States, Gabon and 14 other African and European nations met here, Dec. 7-11, to conduct the main planning event for Central Accord 2016, which is scheduled to take place in June.

  • USARAF: Renovation for consolidation

    Dec 14, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, U.S. Army Africa commanding general, hosted a ground breaking ceremony, Dec. 9, at Caserma Del Din. The ceremony marks the beginning of a two-year, more than $13 million renovation project. Three buildings will be renovated, one will become the new USARAF headquarters.

  • US, Tanzanian planners map road to ALFS 2016

    Dec 14, 2015

    Planners from U.S. Army Africa and the Tanzanian People's Defense Force met Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 to conduct the main planning event for the African Land Forces Summit 2016. The summit, scheduled to take place in May, will be hosted by the TPDF and co-hosted by USARAF. ALFS is an annual, weeklong summit bringing together land force chiefs of staff from throughout the African continent to discuss mutual threats and challenges from a regional and transregional perspective.

  • USARAF and Botswana: Exploring partnership opportunities

    Dec 11, 2015

    U.S. Army Africa senior leaders coordinated a command sponsored visit for delegates from the Botswanan Defense Force, here Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. The BDF and elements within U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Africa Command and U.S. European Command to discuss challenges and opportunities to assist the BDF in their continued professionalization and development of their military capabilities.

  • Ten years of United States, Italy collaboration on CoESPU

    Dec 11, 2015

    Members from U.S. Army Africa, the Italian Carabinieri, and more than 18 countries celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units, Dec. 1 at General A. Chinotto barracks. "This event was a benchmark for all those who have supported CoESPU," said Col. Darius Gallegos, deputy director for the CoESPU and U.S. Army Africa liaison.

  • Nigerien, Malian soldiers aid U.S. Army's language-translation technology

    Dec 2, 2015

    The U.S. Army is testing and upgrading a language-translation program by training with African soldiers, officials said.

  • Marshall Center counterterrorism alumni study how to deal with foreign fighters

    Nov 24, 2015

    Almost 80 counterterrorism alumni from 44 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and North America attended the Global Counterterrorism Alumni Community of Interest Workshop: "Perspectives on Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighters" held Nov. 16 to 19 at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

  • Regionally-aligned Soldiers find African forces motivated

    Nov 20, 2015

    Soldiers who serve in the militaries of African nations are not interested in having Americans provide security for them or their countries - they want to get better at doing it for themselves, said U.S. Army Soldiers who recently returned from there.

  • African partners explore opportunities at US Army Africa Training Center

    Nov 9, 2015

    African partners from Senegal and Uganda explored opportunities for increased capabilities and capacities during the 2015 U.S. Army Africa Training Center Capabilities Seminar, held Nov. 2-5 at the 7th Army Joint Multinational Training Command, Grafenwoehr, and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. The seminar served as an opportunity for all parties to discuss effective methods to train, develop and enhance rapid deployment of peacekeeping forces, and share lessons learned in order to strengthen existing defense institutes within African partner nations.

  • Minnesota ARNG general joins US Army Africa team

    Oct 26, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, U.S. Army Africa commanding general, hosted a patching ceremony for Brig. Gen. Jon A. Jensen, USARAF deputy commanding general, at Caserma Ederle, Oct. 23. Jensen also serves as the director of the Joint Staff, Minnesota Army National Guard and Department of Military Affairs, Saint Paul, Minn.

  • Rwandan ambassador tours US Army Europe's training facilities

    Oct 26, 2015

    Erica J. Barks-Ruggles, U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Rwanda, toured U.S. Army training facilities in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels, Germany Oct. 21-22 to explore opportunities for further security cooperation between the U.S. and Rwandan Defence Forces.

  • Customer contact

    Oct 20, 2015

    Responding to unique contracting challenges, DOD has made a major strategic change in contingency contracting administration services to support U.S. forces in Africa--from the fight against the Lord's Resistance Army and Joseph Kony to the Ebola outbreak--that makes it easier to get needed services and supplies to the customer, much more rapidly. This article was originally published in the October - December 2015 AL&T magazine

  • SHARP summit: Discussing the emotional truth

    Oct 19, 2015

    Most Soldiers in today's Army have had some form of sexual assault prevention training. In theory, they are empowered to make a difference. Truth is, sexual assault is still happening within the ranks of the Army, according to a 2014 RAND Corporation study.

  • Army aims to strengthen health diplomacy with Nigeria

    Oct 15, 2015

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Oct. 15, 2015) -- A U.S. Army science advisor traveled to Nigeria Sept. 16 with Department of Defense medical officials to build on international health diplomacy partnerships.

  • Historic re-designation AFSBn-Italy to AFSBn-Africa

    Oct 2, 2015

    The Army Field Support Battalion-Italy, under the command of Lt. Col. Joe Greenlee, officially re-designated to Army Field Support Battalion-Africa, Oct. 1.

  • 405th AFSB establishes Logistics Support Team-Africa

    Oct 2, 2015

    Under cloudy skies and a brisk Italy breeze, the 405th Army Field Support Brigade formally announced the establishment of the Logistics Support Team-Africa, Oct. 2, under the leadership of Maj. Shawn Muder. The organization will report to the newly designated Army Field Support Battalion-Africa commanded by Lt. Col. Joe Greenlee.

  • African delegation visits Lee, learns about women's history

    Sep 25, 2015

    FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 24, 2015) -- A delegation of women from nine African countries toured Fort Lee Monday and took part in a roundtable discussion with senior-ranking leaders from the installation of the Army Women's Museum.

  • Policymakers discuss 21st century converging threats at Marshall Center seminar

    Sep 15, 2015

    Terrorism and crime in Africa set the tone for the first day of the Senior Executive Seminar 15-09 here at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies Sept. 14.

  • Lending a Helping Shoe

    Sep 4, 2015

    Growing up without a lot of money, Staff Sgt. Nikkelya Barbee knows what it's like to do without. "When I got hand-me-downs, it meant the world to me" remarks Barbee. She knows what hard times feel like, and the impact someone else's cast off to someone in need.

  • 20th CBRNE units recognized for Liberia mission

    Sep 3, 2015

    Soldiers from 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) were awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal for their service in Liberia.

  • Senior leaders build foundation for African Horizons

    Aug 26, 2015

    U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams hosted a training and leader development conference and senior leader strategy and orientation session in Vicenza, Italy, Aug. 17-20.

  • SHARP summit attendees explore harsh realities of sexual misconduct

    Aug 26, 2015

    FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 26) -- From start to finish, the inaugural CASCOM-Fort Lee SHARP (Sexual Harassment/Assault Awareness and Reporting Program) Summit at the Army Logistics University here Friday was an unfiltered and frequently harsh look at sexual misconduct in the military.

  • Army science, technology team advances language translation in Africa

    Aug 5, 2015

    A U.S. Army team is testing and helping to develop a language translator to enable Soldiers communicate with their African counterparts.

  • Exercise Western Accord 2015 opens

    Jul 21, 2015

    No uniform was the same as the one next to it as more than a dozen nations stood side by side to mark the opening of Western Accord 2015 at Harskamp, in the Netherlands, July 20.

  • US troops conduct counter IED training in Cameroon

    Jul 14, 2015

    U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians are conducting a two-month humanitarian training mission in Cameroon.

  • Tanzanian military leaders visit U.S. Army Africa

    Jul 9, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Salim Mustafa Kijuu, land force commander of the Tanzanian People's Defence Force, and Brig. Gen Zoma Mathik Kongo, director of operations for the TPDF visited USARAF on the first leg of a Command Sponsored Visit coordinated by USARAF on behalf of the U.S. Army.

  • One team; one fight - Bonds created serve mission intent

    Jun 24, 2015

    Breaking the ice can be difficult if you don't speak the language, or so Spc. John Ridgley though.

  • Spanish Legion, AFRICOM combine training

    Jun 24, 2015

    Even though 1st Lt. Brenton Westbrook had never worked with the Spanish Legion he knew there were challenges to face. "It's going to be a learning experience," Westbrook said. The lieutenant, one of more than 150 Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 1st Armored Division, who arrived in Almeria, Spain, for African Readiness Training 15.

  • American Soldiers assist Tanzanian government

    Jun 19, 2015

    Soldiers from the 20th CBRNE Command (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives) conducted a disaster preparedness assessment in Tanzania.

  • Europe District engineer team returns as Liberia is Ebola-free

    May 29, 2015

    WIESBADEN, Germany - The remaining military members on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team sent to Liberia for Operation United Assistance made it back to Germany earlier this month, just as the West African nation was declared Ebola-free. The Europe District contingent assisted with treatment center construction and helped sustain a DOD presence that numbered 2,800 personnel at its peak.

  • Allyn: Ebola work of Army medical researchers saved lives

    May 22, 2015

    Army medical researchers have made remarkable strides in protecting Soldiers and populations around the globe, said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel B. Allyn, citing a promising vaccine under development for Ebola.

  • Eastern Accord 15 Exercise commences in Jinja, Uganda

    Mar 2, 2015

    VICENZA, Italy -- In partnership with the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces, U.S. Army Africa conducts Eastern Accord 15 (EA 15), in Jinja, Uganda from March 2-14.

  • African Land Forces Summit 15 ends with a beginning

    Feb 23, 2015

    It was about advancing friendship, partnership and building trust, said Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, upon the close of the African Land Forces Summit in Dakar, Senegal.

  • African Land Forces Summit 2015 begins

    Feb 20, 2015

    DAKAR, Senegal -- African Land Forces Summit 2015 kicked off today with land force commanders from 36 African nations in attendance. The event, otherwise known as ALFS, will run from Feb. 9-12, in Dakar, Senegal. Attendees, all general officers from countries spanning the African continent, will conduct meetings to address mutual interests and concerns, as well as have a chance to solidify relationships.

  • Fort Hood receives redeploying Soldiers from Operation United Assistance

    Jan 8, 2015

    Fort Hood received its initial cohort of 87 Soldiers that were in support of Operation United Assistance, Jan. 7. The Soldiers are from the 36th Engineer Brigade returning from Liberia, West Africa, where they have been deployed since October 2014.

  • Medical laboratory leads task force in Liberia

    Jan 8, 2015

    The 1st Area Medical Laboratory is leading a joint task force that is operating six Ebola testing laboratories in Liberia.

  • Service members in Liberia usher in holiday season

    Dec 27, 2014

    The holiday season is among the Service members deployed to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission, Operation United Assistance. Despite being away from their loved ones, together they remain mentally, spiritually and physically tough, and determined to enjoy the season.

  • Sustainment troops open full-service post office in Liberia

    Dec 24, 2014

    As of Dec. 22, 2014, Soldiers deployed to Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Operation United Assistance were able to buy flat rate boxes, apply postage and send their own care packages back home to their family and friends in the U.S.

  • Liberian, U.S. Soldiers team up on Ebola treatment unit build

    Dec 23, 2014

    Soldiers of 104th Engineer Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, joined the armed forces of Liberia to build an Ebola treatment unit in Gbediah, Liberia, Dec. 19, 2014, during an Operation United Assistance mission.

  • Soldiers celebrating holidays while keeping global vigil

    Dec 23, 2014

    Soldiers in America and those serving in far-flung places around the world -- many in harm's way -- are celebrating the holidays in various ways.

  • Jewish Soldiers receive opportunity to celebrate Hanukkah in Liberia

    Dec 23, 2014

    Whether it is a quick phone call home, a package from a loved one or a small celebration of a major holiday, it is a huge morale boost for deployed Soldiers when they are able to keep connection with some of the things they miss.

  • Army scientist uses diagnostic tools to track Ebola, other viruses

    Dec 18, 2014

    An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa -- a region thought to be untouched by the disease -- seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

  • Medical team provides life-saving care to Soldiers deployed to Africa

    Dec 18, 2014

    The 86th Damage Control Resuscitation Team, 86th Combat Support Hospital, based out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is a one-of-a-kind medical team operating in the Joint Forces Command-United Assistance Field Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, capable of facilitating life-saving interventions and surgeries to Soldiers here.

  • Quick trip promotes resiliency in Liberia

    Dec 15, 2014

    Walking through the doors to the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, one of the first things that can be noticed is the silence. Soldiers deployed and stationed at the Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, in support of Joint Forces Command-United Assistance, marveled at how quiet, clean and calm it was inside the Embassy.

  • First aid classes to help prevent spread of diseases, increase readiness of Liberian police

    Dec 11, 2014

    Soldiers assigned to the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, provided a first aid training class to Liberian law enforcement personnel at the National Police Training Academy, Paynesville, Liberia, Dec. 9, 2014, that could help protect them from diseases such as the Ebola virus.

  • Former Ebola testing lab in Liberia a hidden treasure in fighting disease

    Dec 11, 2014

    Soldiers of the 36th Engineer Brigade, took a tour at the Liberian Institute for Biomedical Medical Research, during Operation United Assistance mission, Dec. 7, 2014, in Monrovia, Liberia.

  • Soldiers worldwide showing holiday spirit

    Dec 10, 2014

    While Soldiers and their families are getting in the holiday mood, many are far from home, engaged in worldwide training and operations in Africa, Eastern Europe, Iraq, Korea, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

  • DOD team conducts weekly Ebola prevention class in Liberia

    Dec 9, 2014

    The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team taught a class on how to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus, in support of Operation United Assistance, at the National Police Training Academy, Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 2, 2014.

  • Remote village thankful for U.S. help in fighting Ebola

    Dec 8, 2014

    When the Ebola virus found the remote village of Tappita, Liberia, it took more than a day for it to be properly diagnosed. Soon, it will take a matter of minutes. A new Ebola Treatment Unit will open in Tappita within the month.

  • Biggest threat to U.S. troops in Liberia is malaria, not Ebola

    Dec 4, 2014

    In October 2014, Service members deployed to Liberia for Operation United Assistance, an operation supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development-led efforts to contain the Ebola virus outbreak in western Africa. The fight against Ebola, however, poses a significantly smaller health threat to U.S. forces than malaria does.

  • Contracting Soldiers establishing training teams and labs

    Dec 4, 2014

    Army Contracting Command Soldiers deployed in support of fighting the Ebola virus in West Africa are conducting market research and seeking out suppliers to assist in providing suitable living and training locations for the mobile training team.

  • 'First in Support' main body arrives in Senegal

    Dec 1, 2014

    After weeks of preparation, the main body elements of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command headquarters, 7th Civil Support Command, the 30th Medical Brigade and the 16th Sustainment Brigade, deployed to Dakar, Senegal, in support of Operation United Assistance.

  • Joint Forces Command-United Assistance celebrates Thanksgiving in Liberia

    Dec 1, 2014

    With 79 percent humidity and a warm ocean breeze, Thanksgiving for Soldiers deployed in Monrovia, Liberia, feels far from traditional. But thanks to a variety of Thanksgiving activities and fare, Soldiers can still get into the holiday spirit throughout the Joint Forces Command-United Assistance area of operations in Liberia.

  • Mobile training team helps Liberians take care of their own

    Nov 24, 2014

    The Joint Forces Command - United Assistance Mobile Training Team completed a week of training in Buchanan City, Liberia, Nov. 21, 2014.

  • Soldiers back from Liberia completing controlled monitoring

    Nov 20, 2014

    Eight Soldiers from Joint Base Langley-Eustis' 688th Rapid Port Opening Element are completing their 21-day controlled monitoring period at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, after returning from Liberia.

  • Fort Bliss Soldiers continue to deploy to West Africa

    Nov 19, 2014

  • Guard, Reserve Soldiers to mobilize for Ebola relief

    Nov 18, 2014

    More than 2,000 Army National Guard and Army Reserve troops will be mobilized in support of Operation United Assistance in West Africa, the Department of Defense has announced.

  • Joint Task Force United Assistance commander hosts virtual town hall meeting

    Nov 18, 2014

    Soldiers and families of the 36th Engineer Brigade, gathered in the brigade's conference room to participate in a virtual town hall meeting hosted by Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, Joint Task Force United Assistance commander from his headquarters in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 13, 2014.

  • Volesky: Fewer Soldiers will deploy to West Africa than planned

    Nov 14, 2014

    Nearly 2,200 U.S. troops are in West Africa today, working to stop the spread of Ebola, and that number will peak just short of 3,000 next month, according to the task force commander.

  • 35th Signal Brigade Soldiers leave for Africa Ebola response mission

    Nov 13, 2014

    On the eve of Veterans Day, about 70 Soldiers from the 35th Signal Brigade (Theater Tactical), began their journey to Monrovia, Liberia, from Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to serve in the battle to contain the Ebola virus outbreak.

  • Service members in Liberia receive morale booster

    Nov 12, 2014

    Hot quality meals were served for the first time on Barclay Training Center, Monrovia, Liberia, as well as other locations across Liberia, Nov. 9, 2014. The meal provided a well-needed change of pace for Soldiers, and a morale booster.

  • State Partnership Program continues to grow in North Carolina

    Nov 12, 2014

    North Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen showed their hometown service and global reach by recently deploying to Africa and Europe for a series of exercises with both of its State Partnership Program members, Moldova and Botswana.

  • SDDC units deploy equipment, supplies to support Ebola response

    Nov 10, 2014

    The U.S. Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command's 832nd and 842nd Transportation Battalions, located at the ports of Jacksonville, Florida, and Beaumont, Texas, respectively, loaded shipments of over 1,740 pieces of equipment and U. S. military vehicles this week in support of Operation United Assistance.

  • Ebola treatment unit for medical workers to open

    Nov 6, 2014

    The Monrovia Medical Unit, an Ebola treatment unit constructed specifically for the treatment of medical workers who were infected while caring for Ebola patients, is scheduled to open Nov. 8, 2014, located about 30 miles outside Monrovia, Liberia.

  • Army Contracting Command Soldier provides support in West Africa

    Nov 6, 2014

    Army Contracting Command Soldiers are on the ground in West Africa assisting in the fight to eradicate the deadly Ebola virus.

  • Troops in Liberia help train Ebola treatment providers

    Nov 3, 2014

    The Joint Forces Command -- United Assistance Department of Defense Ebola Training Team, or DETT, graduated the first class of health care providers, who started work at Ebola treatment units, or ETUs, Oct. 31 at the National Police Training Center in Paynesville, Liberia.

  • Dempsey, Battaglia explain rationale for post-Africa deployment Ebola Virus Disease monitoring

    Oct 31, 2014

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, his senior enlisted adviser, said they see the reintegration program troops will undergo upon return from Operation United Assistance as a move that fits the needs of service members and their families.

  • Army Sustainment Command assists in combating Ebola in West Africa

    Oct 30, 2014

    The U.S. Army Sustainment Command is providing direct support to Operation United Assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa. The command's Army Prepositioned Stocks program was tasked to assist in Operation United Assistance to provide 25 Force Provider Modules from assets stored in Livorno, Italy.

  • Corps of Engineers mission in West Africa aimed at supporting Ebola containment

    Oct 30, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has joined the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The main body of Europe District's Forward Engineer Support Team-Advanced departed Oct. 21, 2014, for Monrovia, Liberia, to take part in Operation United Assistance.