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  • 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.

  • Engineers train for Africa mission

    Oct 30, 2014

    About 150 Soldiers trained on how to properly put on and take off protective equipment on Fort Carson Oct. 23 in preparation for an upcoming deployment to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance.

  • 101st Airborne Division assumes Ebola response mission in Liberia

    Oct 27, 2014

    Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commander of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), assumed responsibility of Joint Forces Command -- United Assistance from Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams, during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 25, 2014.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplain delivers hope in Ebola-stricken Liberia

    Oct 24, 2014

    U.S. Army Africa Command Chaplain, Chaplain (Col.) Charles Reynolds, and his chaplain assistant, Staff Sgt. Chris Corbett, are in Liberia providing religious support to personnel from the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and the United States Embassy.

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deploys team in support of Operation United Assistance

    Oct 23, 2014

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) deployed a team with engineering and engineering-related expertise to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance, which is part of the comprehensive U.S. Government Ebola effort in West Africa led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

  • Soldiers ramping up capability to fight Ebola in Liberia

    Oct 15, 2014

    U.S. Soldiers in Western Africa are constructing facilities to treat Ebola patients and providing logistics, engineering and medical skills to help contain the epidemic.

  • USARAF team helping fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    Oct 9, 2014

    More than 50 personnel from U.S. Army Africa are on the ground in Liberia responding to a request from U.S. President Barack Obama to assist in the fight against an Ebola outbreak in the region.

  • First shipment of the ramped-up U.S. military response to Ebola arrives in Liberia

    Oct 8, 2014

    A C-17 U.S. military aircraft arrived in Liberia Thursday, Sept. 18, with the first shipment of increased U.S. military equipment and personnel for the anti-Ebola fight, which was promised by President Barack Obama in a speech September 16 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.

  • U.S. Army Africa team helping fight Ebola

    Oct 7, 2014

    More than 50 personnel from U.S. Army Africa are on the ground in Liberia assisting in the fight against an Ebola outbreak in the region.

  • Seabees from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to support Ebola outbreak response

    Oct 1, 2014

    CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti -- Fifteen sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Batallion-133 traveled to Monrovia, Liberia, Sept. 19th to provide engineering support to Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE, conducting site surveys for projects such as a hospitals, supply storage or training facilities for health care workers fighting the Ebola outbreak.

  • Readiness training exercise strengthens capabilities of U.S., Burundi medical personnel

    Aug 27, 2014

    In partnership with Burundian National Defense Forces, U.S. Army Africa and medical personnel from 30th Medical Brigade and the 7th Civil Support Command (CSC) conducted Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE 14-6) at the Kamenge Military Hospital in Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug. 4-14.

  • U.S., Southern Africa Strategic Partnership Takes Center Stage during Exercise Southern Accord 14

    Aug 14, 2014

    For two weeks in July, more than 220 officers and NCO's from 10 countries converged on the Malawi Armed Forces College to share knowledge and exchange ideas at Exercise Southern Accord 14. Led by U.S. Army Africa, the U.S. Africa Command-sponsored exercise included several days of instruction from the U.N. Integrated Training Service and U.S. Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and simulated the deployment of a peacekeeping force in a realistic, challenging scenario.

  • U.S. Army Africa, ROTC cadets reap benefits of cultural, language program

    Aug 8, 2014

    For 11 ROTC cadets assigned to temporary duty with U.S. Army Africa, their summer vacation exceeded all their expectations and previous job experiences. While participating in the U.S. Army Cadet Command's Culture and Language Program known as CULP; the cadets completed a variety of missions in Africa and Europe over a two-month period.

  • USARAF, medical readiness personnel from 30th Med. Bde., 7th CSC conduct training in Burundi

    Aug 8, 2014

    In partnership with Burundian National Defense Forces, U.S. Army Africa and medical readiness personnel from 30th Medical Brigade and the 7th Civil Support Command (CSC) are conducting Medical Readiness Training Exercise (MEDRETE 14-6) at the Kamenge Military Hospital in Bujumbura, Burundi, through Aug. 14.

  • U.S., partner nations gather in Malawi for Exercise Southern Accord 14

    Jul 23, 2014

    Civilian and military personnel from Malawi Defense Force, the U.S. and other partner nations have gathered in Lilongwe, Malawi to participate in the U.S. Africa Command-sponsored Exercise Southern Accord 14, July 14-31.

  • Exercise participants take well-deserved 'Cultural Day' off

    Jul 22, 2014

    Participants in exercise Southern Accord 14 in Salima, Malawi took a well-earned day off June 21 travelling to the Sunbird Livingstonia Beach for a cultural day. After five days of non-stop training, planning and writing orders for a fictitious United Nations peacekeeping operation, participants were more than ready to kick-off their shoes and have a good time. The day's festivities included volleyball, soccer, a bar-b-que, shopping at a local market, and displays of traditional dances from Malawi and neighboring Zambia.

  • Exercise Southern Accord 14 kicks-off in Malawi

    Jul 22, 2014

    Civilian and military personnel from Malawi Defense Force, the U.S. and other partner nations have gathered in Lilongwe, Malawi to participate in the U.S. Africa Command-sponsored Exercise Southern Accord 14, July 14-31.

  • 414th CSB's Pardew says goodbye, leaves lasting legacy

    Jul 9, 2014

    In the fall of 2008, the Army's Southern European Task Force (SETAF) conducted major organizational changes as it restructured to support U.S. Africa Command. In October 2009, the Army established U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) in Vicenza, Italy, as its newest Army Service Component Command (ASCC). A few years earlier then Lt. Col. Paul Pardew commanded and successfully activated the 900th Contingency Contracting Battalion as part of the Army's new Expeditionary Contracting Command. Little did he know that his success would lead to his selection to lead the activation of the Army's Contracting Support Brigade in Vicenza to support operations on the African continent. After Senior Service School, Col. Pardew served as the Chief of Staff, Expeditionary Contracting Command (ECC).

  • Ceremony marks first change of command for USARAF's HHBn

    Jul 9, 2014

    More than 200 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members gathered July 9 at Caserme Ederle's Hoekstra Field for U.S. Army Africa Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion's first change of command. Lt. Col. Robert Brogan relinquished command to Lt. Col. Anthony R. DeKeyzer in a ceremony marking the end of Brogan's three-year command.

  • 16 countries train, familiarize, partner during WA14

    Jul 3, 2014

    In partnership with Senegal and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), U.S. Army Africa conducted U.S. Africa Command's Exercise Western Accord 14 to enhance ECOWAS ability to provide mission command capability to support regional peace operations. Training focused on developing the ability to plan, deploy, employ, sustain, and redeploy a rapid deployment force in response to a regional crisis. Western Accord 14 is a key element in a broader series of military-to-military activities to demonstrate the strong partnership between the U.S and western regional African partners, and all of the participating militaries.

  • U.S. Army-hosted Western Accord 2014 focuses on peace support operations

    Jul 1, 2014

    Western Accord 2014, a two-week command-post and field-training exercise, began June 16, 2014, in Thiès, Senegal.

  • Reserve unit conducts annual training in Africa during Western Accord 2014

    Jul 1, 2014

    Soldiers of the 49th Medical Battalion are spending their annual training in Senegal, Africa, in support of Exercise Western Accord 2014.

  • Barriers break down at first-ever African Gender Integration Seminar

    Jun 27, 2014

    "The clock is ticking in the area of gender mainstreaming," said the Honourable Nahas Angula, the Namibian Minister of Defence. "A people united for a common goal shall be victorious." For the first time ever, seven African countries to include Bostwana, Malawi, Mozambique,Namibia, Senegal, Sierre Leon and Zambia, gathered on the continent to share ideas and best practices during the Regional Gender Mainstreaming Seminar.

  • Exercise WA14 increases capacity, mutual respect

    Jun 27, 2014

    In partnership with Senegal and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), U.S. Army Africa conducted U.S. Africa Command's Exercise Western Accord 14 in Senegal to increase the capacity of ECOWAS to provide mission command capability to support regional peace operations. Training focused on developing the ability to plan, deploy, employ, sustain, and redeploy a rapid deployment force in response to a regional crisis. Western Accord 14 is a key element in a broader series of military-to-military activities to demonstrate the strong partnership between the U.S and western regional African partners, and all of the participating militaries.

  • U.S. Soldiers participate in Mock Food Riot during Western Accord 14

    Jun 26, 2014

    U.S. Army Soldiers approach a mock village as part of a situational training exercise during Western Accord 14, June 24. Western Accord 14 is a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored, U.S. Army Africa-hosted annual joint training and partnership exercise between the U.S. and Economic Community of West Africa States, which is designed to increase interoperability between military forces and ensure the common ability to conduct peace operations throughout Western Africa.

  • USARAF personnel present gender integration seminar to African leaders

    Jun 24, 2014

    WINDHOEK, Namibia -- Seven African nations of Namibia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Zambia gathered, June 24, to kick-off a week-long Regional Gender Mainstreaming Seminar. This seminar, hosted by the Namibian Defense Force and co-sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Africa, will provide information sessions ranging from laws and leadership to sexual harassment and sexual assault prevention.

  • U.S. Army Reserve physicians conduct training in Chad

    Jun 24, 2014

    In partnership with the Chad Armed Forces, U.S. Army Africa and a team of Army reserve medical professionals conducted Medical Readiness Training Exercise 14-5 at the Hospital Military D'Instruction (HMI) in N'Djamena, Chad, June 2-12.

  • Soldier wraps up service with one last trip overseas

    Jun 23, 2014

    THIÈS, Senegal -- While many 18-year-olds head to college after high school, Pfc. Jacob Eye, fire support specialist with Attack Co., 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, said he opted for a more adventurous route.

  • Ghanaian Army participates in dismount patrol training during Western Accord 14 exercise

    Jun 23, 2014

    CAMP THIES, Senegal-- The U.S. Army hosted a dismount patrol training exercise for militaries from various nations as part of the Combined Joint Task Forces Western Accord 14 mission June 17-20.

  • Western Accord 14 kicks off in Senegal

    Jun 23, 2014

    Exercise Western Accord 14 is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored and U.S. Army Africa hosted annual joint training exercise between the United States, the Economic Community of West African States and partner nations. The exercise, held in Senegal this year, is designed to increase interoperability between military forces and ensure the common ability to conduct peace operations throughout western Africa.

  • Senegalese soldiers participate in academic week during Western Accord 14

    Jun 23, 2014

    Thiès, Senegal- Soldiers from Ghana practice individual squad movements with U.S. Army Soldiers from Co. Attack 1st Bn., 28th Inf. Regt., 4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. during Exercise Western Accord 14, June 17. Exercise Western Accord is a partnership exercise between the United States and ECOWAS, which is designed to increase interoperability between military forces and ensure the common ability to conduct peace operations throughout Western Africa.

  • Marines, West African nations train together during U.S. Army Exercise Western Accord 14

    Jun 23, 2014

    Marines with India Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, spent a week in June training and working with Economic of West African States militaries during U.S. Army Exercise Western Accord 14 .

  • U.S., African physicians conduct training in Chad

    Jun 20, 2014

    In partnership with the Chad Armed Forces, U.S. Army Africa and a team of Army medical professionals conducted Medical Readiness Training Exercise 14-5 at the Hospital Military D'Instruction (HMI) in N'Djamena, Chad, June 2-12.

  • USARAF-hosted Exercise Western Accord 14 kicks-off in Senegal

    Jun 20, 2014

    Thiès, Senegal- United States and Senegal Soldiers get to know each other and share some laughs before the kick-off of Exercise Western Accord 14', June 12. Exercise Western Accord is a partnership exercise between the United States, Senegal, France, Netherlands and other partner nations, which is designed to increase interoperability between military forces and ensure the common ability to conduct peace operations throughout Western Africa.

  • How to report a crime to Army CID: '1-844-ARMY- CID' released

    Jun 17, 2014

    The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, continues its campaign to combat crime in the Army by adding a new toll-free telephone number, 1-844-ARMY-CID (844-276-9243), designed to be easy to remember allowing Soldiers, civilians and family members to report a crime 24/7.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors culture, language center

    Jun 13, 2014

    For Fysal Shebaro, a U.S. Army Africa G-2 (Intelligence) employee, seeking an alternative to sending local students to language schools and education centers in the U.S. and Europe just made good sense.

  • USARAF connects with DA to ensure ready, resilient force

    Jun 12, 2014

    U.S. Army Africa's senior leaders participated in the Department of the Army's quarterly Ready and Resilient Campaign Senior Review Group video teleconferencing call June 11.

  • USARAF celebrates Army's 239th Birthday

    Jun 12, 2014

    U.S. Army Africa's Commanding General Maj. Gen. Darryl A. Williams; Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Stitzel along with the command's youngest Soldier Private 2 Brian Hollenbeck and the oldest Soldier Sgt. Maj. Anthony Young cut an Army Birthday cake during a celebration commemorating the Army's 239th birthday. The event was held on Caserma Ederle at the USARAF Headquarters, in Vicenza, Italy, on June 12.

  • Sill trainee seeks to change Nigerian social norms

    Jun 12, 2014

    Spc. Roseline Chiuwa, E Battery, 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery, is originally from Aba, Nigeria. She said her experiences in the United States will give hope to women in Nigeria for a better future. She will graduate Basic Combat Training June 13, 2014, at Fort Sill, Okla.

  • USARAF trains 4,000 troops in Chad, Guinea, Malawi

    Jun 6, 2014

    With support from regionally aligned forces from 2nd Brigade 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kan., U.S. Army Africa trained more than 4,000 troops in Chad, Guinea, and Malawi in March. This USARAF training continues to provide different African nations with help in securing their own borders, thereby helping them secure the region, and protecting U.S. interests.

  • USARAF Sergeants Major train Malawi senior enlisted

    May 20, 2014

    Two of U.S. Army Africa's senior noncommissioned officers spent more than three months working with Malawi Defense Force senior enlisted advisors at the Malawi Sergeants Major Academy, a pilot program with USARAF being the first to receive funding for a program like this. Sergeants Major Jerryn McCarroll, and Timothy Watts, from USARAF's Security Cooperation Division provided more than training; they were mentors 24 hours a day, seven days a week from Jan. 6 to April 17.

  • USARAF, Ghana Armed Forces share medical expertise

    Apr 3, 2014

    In partnership with the Ghana Armed Forces, U.S. Army Africa and medical personnel from 3rd Medical Command Deployment Support conducted Medical Readiness Training Exercise 14-3, at the 37th Military Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 24-April 4. "The exercise was for us to improve standards of practice and for us to work together at various workstations to combine our experiences to see where we can do things better," said Col. Awuku, deputy commander for the 37th Military Hospital.

  • U.S. Army Africa Soldier's 'biggest hero' receives Medal of Honor

    Mar 20, 2014

    March 18, 2014, was a day unlike any other day for Sgt. 1st Class Frederick Hinton from U.S. Army Africa's Logistics Directorate. It's the day President Barack Obama awarded his biggest hero, who just happens to be his uncle, retired Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, the Medal of Honor.

  • Harlem Hellfighters keep troops moving during Central Accord

    Mar 19, 2014

    A team from the New York Army National Guard is keeping service members from the United States and partner nations moving during Exercise Central Accord 14 in Cameroon.

  • 3rd Medical Command trains to save lives during USARAF-led training exercise

    Mar 19, 2014

    Medical professionals from the U.S. Army Reserve 3rd Medical Command are providing support and training African armies in emergency medicine at Exercise Central Accord 14. Central Accord 14 is a U.S. Army Africa-led multinational exercise hosted by Cameroon. The exercise brings together approximately 1,000 troops from eight nations including the United States, Nigeria, Gabon, Burundi, Republic of Congo, Chad and the Netherlands. U.S. participants include contingents from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, Navy, and the Air and Army National Guards.

  • U.S. provides safety classes to Cameroon Defense Force

    Mar 19, 2014

    Cameroon Defense Force soldiers are getting the opportunity to showcase skills previously learned from training with the U.S. military during Central Accord 14, a joint-aerial delivery training exercise in Central Africa.

  • U.S. provides valuable lessons fo Cameroon Defense Forces during Central Accord 14

    Mar 19, 2014

  • Central Accord opens in colorful style

    Mar 14, 2014

    The Cameroon Defense Force hosted an opening ceremony to kick-off Central Accord 14 at the 102 Air Force Base, March 11.

  • USARAF training in Lesotho provides sustainable knowledge

    Mar 3, 2014

    U.S. Army Africa deployed a team of medical personnel from U.S. Army Forces Command, U.S. Army Medical Command, Army Reserve Medical Command, and the 7th Civil Support Command, Feb. 3-14, for medical readiness training between the Kingdom of Lesotho Defense Forces and USARAF.

  • USARAF provides combat life saving course in Guinea

    Mar 3, 2014

    U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, are training three companies of soldiers of the Republic of Guinea Armed Forces in combat skills and battle drills in the African country of Guinea.

  • USARAF conducts training in Guinea

    Mar 3, 2014

    In support of its mission to enable full spectrum operations while conducting sustained security engagements with African land forces, the training U.S. Army Africa is providing to different African nations is helping them secure their own borders as well as their own regions.

  • USARAF training provides Africans insight into 'the greater need'

    Feb 24, 2014

    U.S. Army Africa continues to provide training to different African nations to help them secure their own borders, thereby helping them secure the region. Because of this, whatever American interests are in that region or country will, as a secondary effect, be secure as well.

  • USARAF supports airlift operations in Bangui

    Feb 3, 2014

    USARAF is in the Central African Republic assisting with the movement of Rwandan forces to take part in the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic.

  • U.S. Army Africa training helps African nations secure their own borders

    Feb 3, 2014

    In support of its mission to enable full spectrum operations while conducting sustained security engagements with African land forces, the training U.S. Army Africa is providing to different African nations is helping them secure their own borders as well as their own regions.

  • U.S. Forces airlift Rwandans to Central African Republic

    Jan 29, 2014

    Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. The joint operation with personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force is in support of an African Union effort to confront destabilizing forces and violence within Central African Republic. "The African Union has decided to stand up a mission in the Central African Republic to decrease the violence that has been occurring over the last several months," Lt. Col. Allen Pepper, senior officer in Central African Republic, U.S. Army Africa said. "A part of that is getting enough troops on the ground to execute that mission."

  • USARAF support airlift operations in S. Sudan

    Jan 29, 2014

  • U.S. airlift Rwandans to Central African Republic

    Jan 21, 2014

    Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. The joint operation with personnel from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force is in support of an African Union effort to confront destabilizing forces and violence within Central African Republic.

  • East Africa Response Force deploys for 1st time

    Dec 28, 2013

    Four days after their official transfer of authority ceremony, U.S. Army Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's East Africa Response Force deployed for the first time since being established earlier this year.

  • Burundi soldiers arrive in Central African Republic

    Dec 14, 2013

    In coordination with the French military and African Union, the U.S. military provided airlift support to transport Burundi soldiers, food and supplies in the CAR. This support is aimed at enabling African forces to deploy promptly to prevent further spread of sectarian violence and restore security in CAR.

  • U.S. ASSISTS BURUNDI WITH DEPLOYMENT TO CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

    Dec 13, 2013

    Burundian National Defense Forces and the U.S. Marines with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 worked together Dec. 10 as the African partners prepared to embark to the Central African Republic as part of the African Union mission.

  • 2/1 liaison officers provide information flow for USARAF missions

    Dec 10, 2013

    As the newest Army Service Component Command, U.S. Army Africa doesn't have a tremendous amount of assigned resources. With assistance from liaison officers, USARAF can maximize and multiply its resources by providing a better understanding of their respective unit's capabilities and how USARAF can use those resources.

  • Army chief of staff sees 'bright future' for Natick

    Nov 18, 2013

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visited Natick Soldier Systems Center, Nov. 15, 2013, to tour its facilities and learn more about the research and development done to keep Soldiers safe and provide them with a better quality of life during deployments.

  • Surgeon's office imparts life-saving techniques in Burkina Faso

    Nov 18, 2013

    Helping Africans solve African problems is one of U.S. Army Africa's primary priorities. In support of this, USARAF Surgeon's Directorate just completed the second of eight Tactical Combat Casualty Care training events in Burkina Faso with the Burkinabe Gendarmerie to minimize the amount of preventable deaths they might encounter during battle. The six remaining training events are scheduled to take place now through August 2014 in different countries throughout the African continent.

  • USARAF conducts medical training exercise in Niger

    Oct 28, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa and Niger Armed Forces conducted Medical Readiness Training Exercise 14-0 at Issaka Gazobi Maternity in the capital city of Naimey, Oct. 7-18. American military health professionals, to include eleven military doctors, jointly performed surgery, and trained Nigerien medical students in specialties such as surgery, gynecology, anesthesiology, and other key medical fields.

  • Liaison officers play integral part in USARAF mission success

    Oct 28, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa is involved in a myriad of events and activities on the African continent. Whether it's a medical readiness exercise, an African partner-nation training, or a response to a natural disaster; a network of civilians and Soldiers work together to ensure USARAF mission objectives. One of the elements integral for making the USARAF mission happen is a group of about a dozen liaison officers, or LNOs, who represent a variety of agencies and organizations connected to the U.S. Army and the Department of Defense.

  • USARAF's Contingency Command Post answers call

    Oct 24, 2013

    As a preventive measure on the anniversary of Sept. 11, Soldiers from U.S. Army Africa Contingency Command Post (USARAF CCP) deployed to Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany, Sept. 7-17. This 10-man team was sent to establish an Early Entry Command Post (EECP) in support of a company-sized, quick reaction force to be on standby if needed.

  • Ugandans train for future AMISOM mission

    Oct 24, 2013

    A recent U.S. Army Africa organized training event helped prepare a Uganda Peoples' Defense Force military police company for an upcoming deployment to Somalia.

  • USARAF flag football team dominates season

    Oct 24, 2013

    For the second year in a row, U.S. Army Africa's flag football team comes out victorious during the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza championship playoffs Oct. 19. With a 14-1 record, USARAF will be the top-seeded team from Vicenza heading to Germany for the Installation Management Command-Europe flag football championship.

  • USARAF Soldiers continue women integration efforts in Africa

    Oct 22, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa personnel traveled to Gaborone, Botswana and Windhoek, Namibia to recommend proposals to help integrate enlisted females in the Botswana and Namibia Defense Forces in a Woman's Integration follow up Sept. 16 -- 20.

  • Local intel training sets standard, saves dollars

    Oct 22, 2013

    With the U.S. government shutdown and budget constraints, U.S. Army Africa manages to continue mission requirements and raise Vicenza, Italy as a prominent training locale on Africa - all for the cost of nothing.

  • In his own words: U.S. Army Africa NCO provides overview of Tactical Combat Casualty Care training

    Oct 18, 2013

  • 20 years of Army research yields hope for malaria vaccine

    Oct 16, 2013

    Reports of the successful trials that could lead to the world's first malaria vaccine led the headlines of international news outlets last week. Hidden within the story line is the critical role of researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research who have worked steadfastly for more than 20 years to help bring the vaccine to reality.

  • Marines support Shared Accord in South Africa

    Sep 9, 2013

    Marines from the Military Police Company, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, participated in Exercise Shared Accord 13, to advise crowd-control, non-lethal Weapons tactics and principles, and non-lethal weapons employment to counterparts in the South African National Defense Force.

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