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  • 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.

  • Bridging the lines of communication

    Aug 29, 2013

    Outside his company he might be viewed as another infantryman, but within his unit he stands out among the rest--an infantryman who loves to keep all lines of communication open. He has made a name for himself throughout Co. B, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team as a "MacGyver of Communications," a reference to the popular television character with a talent for building effective tools from basic ingredients.

  • Alicedale welcomes US, SANDF partnership

    Aug 29, 2013

    U.S. and South African Defense Force infantrymen dismounted from light medium tactical vehicles and conducted tactical movements through the small rural town of Alicedale in a joint effort to rid the area of 'insurgent' activity July 25 as part of Exercise Shared Accord 2013.

  • Poster child for 'Be, Know, Do' receives NCO of the Year honors

    Aug 29, 2013

    Albert Einstein said setting an example is not the main means of influencing another, it is the only means. This can be said of Sgt. Irene Lopez, from G-1 (Personnel Management), U.S. Army Africa, who was recently named the U.S. Army Africa Headquarters, Headquarters Battalion (HHB) Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

  • Vanguards, SANDF conduct joint STX

    Aug 23, 2013

    Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) conducted a three-day joint situational training exercise (STX) with South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) here, July 26-28 as part of Exercise Shared Accord 2013.

  • U.S., South African militaries celebrate completion of successful bilateral exercise

    Aug 22, 2013

    The curtain came down Aug. 5, 2013, on Shared Accord 2013, a bilateral training exercise between the U.S. military and South African Defense Forces, which involved more than 4,000 total troops performing a wide array of tasks from live-fire scenarios and airborne operations, to a large-scale humanitarian aid project.

  • Cadet Overseas Training Mission furthers U.S. Army Africa efforts

    Aug 20, 2013

    With the help of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Army Africa partnered with United States Army Cadet Command to create a mutually beneficial opportunity to embed cadets within an Army Service Component Command to advance USARAF Theater Security Cooperation efforts and help cadets achieve USACC goals.

  • USARAF hosts Academic Development program for West Point Cadets

    Aug 20, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) hosted a three-week internship with two cadets from United States Military Academy in conjunction with the Advanced Individual Academic Development program sponsored by West Point to help implement cadets' knowledge from course work to enhance leadership, decision and problem solving skills.

  • Mobile veterinary services reach rural South Africa citizens

    Aug 6, 2013

    U.S. Army and South African Military Health Service members joined forces offering mobile veterinary services as part of a Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) operation during Shared Accord (SA) 13 near Bhisho, July 30.

  • U.S., South Africa participate in a rehearsal jump

    Jul 31, 2013

    U.S. and South African Soldiers boarded a C-130 aircraft for a nighttime practice jump at Bloemspruit Airbase, South Africa, July 23. The jump was in preparation for an exercise that U.S. and South African Soldiers will conduct jointly during Shared Accord 13. Shared Accord is a biennial training exercise which promotes regional relationships, increases capacity, trains U.S. and South African forces, and furthers cross-training and interoperability. The jump will also earn each Soldier a pair of foreign wings for either jumping in a foreign country or jumping with a foreign country's jumpmasters.

  • U.S., South African paratroopers simulate tactical airfield seizure

    Jul 31, 2013

    A military aircraft sets down on a quiet South African airport late at night, and within minutes a large group of Soldiers have secured the area and seen the aircraft depart. Though an irate airport manager soon arrives on the scene, the Soldiers soothe his fears and eventually are granted residence at the airport, which they will use as a staging base for a larger operation the following night.

  • U.S., South African military members volunteer at local school

    Jul 31, 2013

    U.S. Soldiers and Airman volunteered with South African Medical Health Services members to paint a local school in celebration of Nelson Mandela's belated birthday during the Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) portion of Shared Accord (SA) 13, July 26.

  • Paratroopers spot starless African sky during SA13 exercise

    Jul 31, 2013

    Paratroopers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division of Fort Bragg, N.C., joined with the South African 1st Parachute Battalion, 44th Parachute Regiment to perform a night parachute drop and airfield seizure during an exercise for Shared Accord (SA) 13 at Bulembo Airport, July 27.

  • U.S. Army Africa, South African partners kick-off Exercise Shared Accord 13

    Jul 25, 2013

    Approximately 700 U.S. and 3,000 South African Defense Force service members gathered at Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa, for the opening ceremony of U.S. Army Africa's Exercise Shared Accord 13, July 24, 2013.

  • Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter visits troops in Africa

    Jul 24, 2013

  • U.S. Army Africa exercise Shared Accord 13 kicks off this week

    Jul 23, 2013

    U.S. military forces are teaming up with South African National Defense Forces for Shared Accord 13, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, from July 24 to Aug. 7, 2013.

  • West Point cadets help Uganda renew energy resources

    Jul 23, 2013

    In an effort to limit the effects of deforestation, five cadets from the United States Military Academy travelled to Kasiisi, Uganda, to participate in the construction of a Biogas Digester during a Renewable Energy mission, conducted from June 16 to July 3, 2013, as part of an ongoing cooperation between U.S. Army Africa and USMA.

  • Western Accord 13 begins command post exercise

    Jul 18, 2013

    Ghana Armed Forces along with U.S. Army Africa concluded week one of Western Accord 13 and began a command post exercise June 24 at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, Accra, Ghana.

  • Marines conduct non-lethal training during U.S. Army Africa's Western Accord 13

    Jul 18, 2013

    U.S. Marines Military Police from 4th Law Enforcement Battalion (LEB) provided non-lethal training to 50 Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) soldiers from 2nd Engineer Battalion June 17-26 during Western Accord 13 in Ghana.

  • Ghana, USARAF kickoff Western Accord 13

    Jul 18, 2013

    Ghana Armed Forces along with U.S. Army Africa hosted the opening ceremony for Western Accord 13, June 17, at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center, Accra, Ghana.

  • U.S. Army personnel ensure MDF remain healthy during combat

    Jul 18, 2013

    From the effects of malaria during World War II to medical problems in current deployments, Soldier health has become a great factor in unit effectiveness. With the increase of Soldiers from different militaries deploying to combat and field environments, the need for preventive medicine and field sanitation teams are in higher demand.

  • Professional partnership focus of medical exercise in Congo

    Jul 18, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa-sponsored Soldiers partnered with health care professionals of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo during a weeklong Medical Readiness Training Exercise known as a MEDRETE 13-3, June 4-12.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors African Deployment Partnership Training in Togo

    Jul 3, 2013

    As part of African Deployment Partnership Training known as ADAPT, three U.S. Army Soldiers traveled to Lomé, Togo, to provide Phase II of Ground Training for 29 Togolese Defense Force personnel.

  • Ghana, U.S. teachers meet during Western Accord 13

    Jul 3, 2013

    While in Accra, Ghana for exercise Western Accord 2013, 1st Lt. Matt Nielson and "JJ" Fankhanel, 141st Menouver Enhancment Brigade, North Dakota National Guard, befriended Noble Kofi Nazzah, a local teacher who was a senior prom chaperone at the hotel where the Soldiers were staying.

  • Road to Africa begins in Italy for NY Army National Guard

    May 22, 2013

    To prepare for participation for Exercise Central Accord 14, 369th Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Reginald Sanders from New York Army National Guard traveled to Vicenza, Italy recently to share lessons learned from their participation in last year's Central Accord (CA13) in Cameroon. Sanders and four of his key leaders joined 11 officers from eight partner nations and organizations to share lessons learned from CA13 at a conference conducted by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)

  • 'Dagger University' prepares Soldiers for missions to Africa

    May 22, 2013

    Soldiers with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team "Dagger," 1st Infantry Division, have known about their regional alignment with the continent of Africa for a while now, but that doesn't mean the excitement of the unique mission-set has worn off, especially with some Soldiers having gone and come back after successfully completing their mission.

  • Humanitarian operations course focuses on inter-agency cooperation

    May 22, 2013

    Whether natural or man-made, disasters can happen anytime -- anywhere. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is an agency that deals with deadly disasters worldwide. With global logistics and transportation capabilities, the U.S. military often assists in USAID disaster relief operations. Angela Sherbenou, USAID senior humanitarian adviser at U.S. Army Africa Command, gave 29 U.S. Army Africa Soldiers and civilians the low-down on Joint Humanitarian Operations (JHOC), May 14-15.

  • Army ROTC Cadets serve on education, humanitarian missions

    May 17, 2013

    Army ROTC cadets from all over the U.S will travel to one of forty countries with the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program this summer to assist lesser developed countries, exchange language and cultural experiences and build better relationships in these areas.

  • U.S. Army Africa team holds Intelligence course in Democratic Republic of Congo

    Apr 5, 2013

    Recently, a two-man traveling contact team from U.S. Army Africa journeyed to The Democratic Republic of the Congo to run a three-week Basic Intelligence Course for 29 members of the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo known as FARDC

  • U.S. Army Africa Inspector General Soldiers travel to Liberia

    Apr 5, 2013

    Recently, a two-man traveling contact team (TCT) from U.S. Army Africa Inspector General's Office shared professional knowledge with 18 officers and NCOs of Armed Forces of Liberia during a week-long engagement. At the request of the AFL, Capt. James Watson and Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Conn journeyed to Camp Sandee Ware, near Monrovia, Liberia, to assist in development of an Inspector General cell.

  • U.S. Army Africa command post Soldiers train with South African Forces

    Mar 7, 2013

    Soldiers of U.S. Army Africa Contingency Command Post hosted a familiarization visit, Feb. 26-28, 2013, with six South African National Defense Force soldiers in preparation for Shared Accord 13, a joint peace keeping and humanitarian exercise scheduled for July.

  • Utah Guard linguists contribute unique skills during African exercises

    Feb 25, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ray Novak, with the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, teaches in English, Parker listens, translates the message into French, and mimics the instructor's motions while varying his tone to maintain the audience's interest.

  • African, U.S. military forces join together to mark opening of Central Accord 13

    Feb 24, 2013

    Hundreds of Cameroon military personnel, alongside U.S. and other Central Africa service members, lined the 102 Air Force Base airfield in Douala, Cameroon, Feb. 20, 2013, as part of an opening ceremony for Central Accord 13.

  • Pathfinder's blaze the trail for Central Accord 2013

    Feb 24, 2013

    Central Accord is an annual U.S. Army Africa exercise that brings together Central African countries such as Cameroon and neighboring countries' militaries, to promote regional partnership while strengthening aerial resupply and medical readiness capabilities.

  • African nations to welcome 'Dagger' Brigade Soldiers

    Feb 21, 2013

    The United States has been asked by nations in Africa to assist in their training and other security requirements, said a battalion commander of 1st Infantry Division's 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.

  • U.S., African partners ready for Central Accord 13

    Feb 19, 2013

    Months of long-distance planning and meetings evolved in recent weeks into an in-person partnership that will launch Central Accord 13. Activity peaked in Douala, Cameroon, during the past week as American and Cameroonian military partners completed final steps for welcoming about 750 U.S. and Cameroon service members, as well as neighboring country observers, for the Feb. 20 opening ceremony.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors deployment training for Malawi Defence Force

    Feb 15, 2013

    As part of African Deployment Partnership Training, four U.S. Army officers traveled to Salima, Malawi, to conduct convoy training with 32 Malawian Defence Force personnel, from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, 2013.

  • National Guard's State Partnership Program helps build relationships with African nations

    Feb 14, 2013

    A novel and flexible program managed by the National Guard is assisting U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Africa to create and maintain relationships with African partner nations. Known as the State Partnership Program, 54 states and territories are matched with countries around the globe to support U.S. national interests and security cooperation goals. National Guard organizations from eight states are matched with African partner nations. For example the North Dakota National Guard is partnered with Ghana Armed Forces and the California Guard is paired with Nigeria.

  • State Partnership Program helping build relationships in Africa

    Feb 13, 2013

    A novel and flexible program managed by the National Guard is assisting U.S. Army Africa to create and maintain relationships with African partner nations.

  • USARAF, Benin Soldiers share ideas to defeat infectious diseases

    Feb 1, 2013

    United States Army Africa facilitated Medical Readiness Training Exercise 13-1 with Soldiers from the Army Reserve Medical Command and Army Medical Command in Cotonou, Benin, Jan. 14-25.

  • African nations can, must do for themselves -- with U.S. support

    Dec 4, 2012

    While the United States has military forces in Africa, they are mostly limited to small groups who have specific, time-limited tasks. That setup, said Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander, U.S. Africa Command, is ideally suited to Africa, where militaries there are able to, and should take care of their own -- though the U.S. does provide support.

  • Soldiers train Uganda's veterinary, public health workers

    Nov 30, 2012

    The Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa's 448th Civil Affairs Battalion taught preventive health techniques to veterinary students and community health workers from Nov. 17 to 26 in northeastern Uganda.

  • Building eco dome brings villagers, service members together

    Nov 27, 2012

    Roughly three years ago, a group of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa military members arrived at the small village of Karabti San several hours north of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Tadjourah region to build an eco dome.

  • Troops prepare to keep steady peace in Sinai

    Nov 27, 2012

    Alongside current tensions and upheavals in the Middle East and northern Africa in the wake of the Arab Spring movements, the peacekeeping mission on the Sinai Peninsula continues after more than 30 years. Soldiers of the 5-113th Field Artillery are deploying to the Sinai for a year as Multinational Force Observers.

  • Obama nominates Rodriguez as next Africa Command chief

    Oct 22, 2012

    Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced that President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Army Forces Command's Gen. David M. Rodriguez to succeed Gen. Carter F. Ham as the commander of U.S. Africa Command.

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