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  • 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.

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Visits Egypt

    Sep 22, 2012

  • CSA visits Camp Lemonnier, hosts Soldier call to express thanks, discuss Army future

    Sep 20, 2012

    Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Raymond Odierno made his first visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 20, 2012, to meet with service members and civilians.

  • Missouri Guardsmen kick off 'Eastern Accord' in Tanzania

    Sep 12, 2012

    Members from the Missouri Army National Guard's 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade and representatives from seven East African countries began at 10-day training exercise in Tanzania, Africa.

  • Ham: Guard essential to Africa partnerships

    Sep 11, 2012

    The National Guard is vital to Africa Command, said the commander of U.S. Africa Command.

  • Eastern Accord 2012 Exercise kicks off

    Sep 10, 2012

    Members from the Missouri Army National Guard's 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based in Kansas City, and representatives from seven East African countries begin U.S. Army Africa sponsored Eastern Accord 2012 Counter Violent Extremism Exercise.

  • 414th Contracting Support Brigade deploys to support Southern Accord 2012

    Sep 6, 2012

    As training for Southern Accord 2012 commenced, members of the 414th Contracting Support Brigade deployed and provided contracting support and more in support of the U.S. Africa Command joint exercise.

  • CJTF-HOA members deliver 'care' to orphanage

    Sep 4, 2012

    Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Soldiers, forward-deployed to Ethiopia, delivered care packages to a local orphanage, Sept. 2, 2012.

  • U.S. forces perform mass casualty evacuation training with Botswana Defence Force

    Aug 31, 2012

    Army and Air National Guard Soldiers, Marine Reservists, and soldiers from the Botswana Defence Force trained together to save lives, Aug. 14, 2012, during a mass casualty evacuation exercise at Southern Accord 2012.

  • Ham closes Southern Accord praising U.S.-Botswana partnership

    Aug 20, 2012

    The commander of U.S. Africa Command closed one of the largest joint exercises ever conducted on the African continent at Thebephatshwa Air Base, Aug. 16, 2012, praising the Botswanan military as a capable partner and an important and positive influence throughout southern Africa.

  • Botswana Defense Force, U.S. engineers improve roads, ponds

    Aug 20, 2012

    The 631st Engineer Support Company from Lawrenceville, Ill., are assisting the Botswana Defense Force engineers with a road improvement and pond restoration project near Mkankake Village in the Republic of Botswana, as part of Southern Accord 2012.

  • New Jersey Soldiers perform assault, support-for-fire missions

    Aug 15, 2012

    The ground shook as satchel and improvised Bangalore charges packed with C-4 explosives detonated, to clear the way for 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard, Aug. 11, 2012, in The Republic of Botswana.

  • Illinois Army National Guardsmen fuel Southern Accord 2012

    Aug 15, 2012

    In an effort to keep the wheels turning during Southern Accord 2012, petroleum supply specialists from Company A, 405th Brigade Support Battalion, Illinois Army National Guard, and their counterparts from the Botswana Defense Force, have been running both static and mobile re-fueling operations at Thebephatswha Air Base, Botswana.

  • Collective training creates partnership between U.S., Botswana forces

    Aug 13, 2012

    Marines from the Anti-terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division from Anchorage, Alaska, and Billings, Mont., as well as Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment from the New Jersey National Guard, conducted infantry training exercises for soldiers of the Botswana Defense Force over a period of six days at Thebephatshwa Air Base, Botswana.

  • Rwandan Defense Force, Texas National Guardsmen exchange best practices

    Aug 13, 2012

    Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard and Rwandan soldiers and policemen shared their experiences and knowledge on basic soldier skills and staff officer duties and responsibilities during a military-to-military exchange hosted by the Rwandan Defense Force in Gako, Rwanda.

  • Chicago Soldiers teach rapid trauma response in Botswana

    Aug 10, 2012

    Soldiers from the 909th Forward Surgical Team out of Fort Sheridan, Ill., provided medical training to soldiers of the Botswana Defense Force, Aug. 2, 2012, in The Republic of Botswana.

  • Hawaii Army National Guard test pilot ensures safe flights during Southern Accord 12

    Aug 8, 2012

    "Mahalo," or "thank you," the pilot said, after being handed a bottle of water from the rear of the aircraft. The kind nature of Hawaiian culture reinforced the unique mix of service members present at Southern Accord 12 in The Republic of Botswana, Africa.

  • Indiana soldier serves in Botswana during Southern Accord 12

    Aug 7, 2012

    If there is one Army value which Maj. Melinda Rayter of Hobert, Ind., embodies most, it is selfless service. Rayter, a certified registered nurse anesthetist with the 909th Forward Surgical Team out of Fort Sheridan, Ill., serves her country both in and out of uniform.

  • U.S., Botswana Defense Forces cook together during Southern Accord 12

    Aug 7, 2012

    Food service soldiers from four different Illinois Army National Guard units have the opportunity to feed more than 1,200 service members from around the world, in support of Southern Accord 12 in the Republic of Botswana.

  • Training at Southern Accord 2012 demonstrates strong partnership between U.S., BDF

    Aug 7, 2012

    Training for Southern Accord 2012 commenced Aug. 2, 2012, at Thebephatshwa Air Base, Botswana, as personnel from the U.S. military and Botswana Defense Force came together to share experiences and tactics which will enhance the readiness capabilities of both countries.

  • Chaplains travel the world to ensure spiritual readiness

    Aug 7, 2012

    U.S. forces traveling to the Republic of Botswana Aug. 1-17 for Southern Accord 2012, are under the spiritual care of Army Chaplain Capt. M. Paul Weberg from Aurora, Ill., and chaplain

  • U.S. Army Africa welcomes new commander

    Aug 4, 2012

    Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg relinquished command of U.S. Army Africa to Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahue II during a ceremony on Hoekstra Field.

  • Super team

    Jul 26, 2012

    Civil affairs and military information support Soldiers, alongside Navy "Seabees," have formed teams capable of just about anything. Five teams from the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion have recently arrived in the Horn of Africa and replaced Soldiers from the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, and with them bring an experimental team concept.

  • Texas National Guard troops mentor Burundi soldiers

    Jul 24, 2012

    Texas Army National Guard troops were invited to participate in a joint training seminar with Burundi National Defense Force soldiers in Mudubugu, Burundi.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains conduct combat stress management for Liberian forces

    Jul 20, 2012

    To help Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers deal with the effects of combat, two U.S. Army Africa chaplains conducted a chaplaincy professionalization engagement, focusing on combat stress.

  • South African military leaders learn about New York Army National Guard logistics

    Jul 13, 2012

    South African National Defence Force officials learned how the New York National Guard does logistics during a visit to the historic Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City, July 3, 2012.

  • U.S., Comorian Soldiers participate in NCO seminar

    Jul 10, 2012

    U.S. and Comorian army Soldiers partnered together to participate in a five-day noncommissioned officer development seminar at the National School of Army and Gendarmerie in Moroni, Comoros, June 12-16, 2012.

  • Kenyan-Americans make noise for Army at U.S. Olympic Track Trials

    Jul 10, 2012

    The "Kenyan Connection" made a lot of noise for the U.S. Army during the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

  • U.S., Botswana Special Forces train together

    Jul 9, 2012

    A total of 60 Special Forces Soldiers from the United States and Botswana came together for the first combined field training exercise in 10 years, in Gaborne, Botswana, June 1-25, 2012.

  • AFRICOM builds logistics capability in African partners

    Jul 8, 2012

    Several robust programs at U.S. Africa Command are helping to ensure that when African partners pull together to support shared security interests, they have the logistical capabilities they need to deploy and sustain their operations.

  • Largest African military communications exercise concludes

    Jul 6, 2012

    U.S. Africa Command officials, U.S. officials and representatives to several African nations were pleased with the results of a joint military communications exercise, which concluded in Douala, Cameroon, June 27, 2012.

  • Kenyan-American runners represent U.S. Army in Olympic Trials finals

    Jun 28, 2012

    The "Kenyan Connection" struck twice for the U.S. Army June 25 at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials as Spc. Augustus Maiyo qualified for the 3,000-meter steeplechase final and Spc. Robert Cheseret qualified for the 5,000-meter final which runs this evening.

  • Africa Endeavor tests 36 nations' communications skills

    Jun 27, 2012

    Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, 36 nations joined together to conduct Africa Endeavor, the largest joint interoperability communications exercise ever held on the African continent, June 18-27, 2012.

  • McHugh: U.S. partnerships crucial to facing future challenges

    Jun 25, 2012

    U.S. Army Secretary John McHugh and U.S. Ambassador to Botswana Michelle D. Gavin visited U.S. and Botswana Defence Force Special Forces personnel participating in exercise Eastern Piper 2012, and observed capability demonstrations executed by the BDF.

  • Dagger Brigade to 'align' with AFRICOM in 2013

    Jun 22, 2012

    As part of an effort to regionally align Army forces with specific unified combatant commands, a brigade will begin serving in March as the go-to force for U.S. Africa Command.

  • Fort A.P. Hill welcomes new garrison commander

    Jun 20, 2012

    Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle assumed command of Fort A.P. Hill from Lt. Col. Jack Haefner at a change of command ceremony June 18 at Fort A. P. Hill.

  • RSLAF troops complete deployment training

    Jun 20, 2012

    Nearly 1,000 Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces personnel completed training for an upcoming African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) deployment, recently.

  • U.S. Army Africa ready to meet complex missions with newly fielded Command Post capabilities

    Jun 4, 2012

    As a direct result of the efforts provided by Program Executive Office of Command, Control, Communications-Tactical, U.S. Army Africa was fielded an Early Entry Command Post capability in May 2011 and a subsequent larger Forward Command Post capability in February of this year in response to an Operational Needs Statement.

  • Eco-Dome signals changes for Djiboutian village

    Jun 3, 2012

    U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa joined with local villagers on the final stages of construction for a new structure here May 22-24, 2012.

  • Security assistance team trains troops in Africa

    Jun 1, 2012

    The U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization claims its motto as its mission, "Training the World, One Soldier at a Time."

  • Baker assumes command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa

    May 30, 2012

    U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa here May 26. Baker, who comes to CJTF-HOA after having served at the Pentagon as Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken. U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony.

  • Texas National Guardsmen inspired by Burundi soldiers

    May 30, 2012

    It was the first time Sgt. Idalissa Hernandez set foot into a Burundi national defense forces training center. For the soldiers she helped mentor there, it was the first time a female Soldier came to share best practices with them.

  • African Land Forces Summit closes in Kampala

    May 24, 2012

    The second biennial African Land Forces Summit came to a close, May 18, in a ceremony in Uganda's capital of Kampala.

  • Texas National Guardsmen exchange best practices with Burundi soldiers

    May 21, 2012

    Texas National Guardsmen had the opportunity to share best practices with Burundi soldiers preparing for an upcoming deployment during a visit to Mudubugu, Burundi, March 26-April 6, 2012.

  • 36 African land force chiefs meet to discuss security

    May 16, 2012

    Land force chiefs and senior officers from 36 African nations and U.S. Army Africa have gathered in Uganda's capital of Kampala to discuss the importance of armies to national interests and the nation's people.

  • 'Screaming Eagle' Soldiers oversee demining in Democratic Republic of the Congo

    May 15, 2012

    Years after the Great War of Africa ended, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is covered with remnants of war scattered throughout the country in the aftermath of one of the deadliest conflicts worldwide since World War II.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplain team engages Burundi counterparts

    May 15, 2012

    Recently, a two-man traveling contact team journeyed to the Defense Institute for Superior Army Training in Bujumbura, Burundi to work with 16 Burundi National Defense Force (BNDF) chaplains and psychologists with a focus on family counseling.

  • Texas National guardsmen participate in Ethiopian Women's Initiative programs

    May 15, 2012

    When U.S. Army Spc. San Juanita Garcia received the "cascarrones" her family sent from back home, she knew exactly what she would do with them. Crack after crack, the confetti rained over the girls' heads as Garcia shared her "cascarrones," or Easter confetti eggs, with the young Ethiopian girls at the St. Augustine Orphanage here April 18.

  • 412th TEC in Africa, talks capabilities and future engagements with local engineers

    May 10, 2012

    Maj. Justin Kilpatrick and Sgt. 1st Class Anna Allatt 412th Theater Engineer Command, G3 Operations, recently returned from an important trip to Africa where they discussed command capabilities and future training missions with local engineers in Chad and the Central African Republic April 15-29, 2012.

  • Hogg engages leaders in Djibouti, Ethiopia

    May 8, 2012

    During a whirlwind trip to East Africa, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, and a small group of advisers visited U.S. Army troops at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa in Djibouti and attended meetings with African Union mission leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 24-27, 2012.

  • CJTF-HOA, Rwandan Defense Force personnel exchange best practices

    May 6, 2012

    Five personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa exchanged best practices with soldiers from the Rwandan Defense Force here April 2-14.

  • Rwanda to benefit from Army library books

    May 4, 2012

    Books from the Miesau Army Depot library will soon be helping Rwandans learn English, thanks in part to a retired U.S. Army officer and his wife.

  • Army Africa personnel take on 'Marathon of the Sands'

    May 1, 2012

    In the largest desert in the world, amid scorching temperatures, sandstorms, dust devils and sand dunes reaching up to 590 feet, a determined group of runners prepare to face one of the longest, hardest, and most challenging marathons in the world, ironically to the backdrop of ACDC's classic song "Highway to Hell."

  • U.S. Soldiers 'train the trainer' in Africa

    Apr 30, 2012

    As part of the ongoing U.S. Department of State Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, three U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Soldiers are mentoring members of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces on basic soldiering skills in preparation for the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISON).

  • National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: Mapping Africa one country at a time

    Apr 23, 2012

    When the U.S. military wants to head into un-chartered, or minimally chartered territory, they call on the experts of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, or the NGA. By compiling the most current satellite imagery, existing maps, and layers of data like roads, rivers, and towns they are able to create custom maps and imagery for specific locations or events.

  • USARAF conducts first AT/FP Level II training in Africa

    Apr 19, 2012

    The first Anti Terrorism/Force Protection Level II class to take place in Africa included 16 students from different areas of responsibility throughout the continent. The AT/FP 11 class, along with an escape enhancement class, hosted by U.S. Army Africa, took place in the city of Mombasa, Kenya March 26-30.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains continue engagements in Liberia

    Apr 16, 2012

    Returning from a second engagement, U.S. Army Africa Chaplain (Maj.) Allen Staley, and Command Chap. (Col.) Gary Brown from 21st Theater Support Command, worked with more than 20 Liberian Armed Forces chaplains during a Chaplain Professionalization Seminar in Monrovia, Liberia.

  • USARAF ceremony honors Task Force Odyssey Guard participants

    Apr 5, 2012

    U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg recognized 127 Soldiers and civilians for their participation in Joint Task Force-Odyssey Guard (JTF-OG) during a ceremony at Caserme Ederle, Italy, April 3.

  • Fort Sill personnel observe training at Moroccan Field Artillery Center

    Mar 29, 2012

    Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, out of Fort Sill, Okla., observed and provided subject matter expert guidance on the artillery training to soldiers of the Morrocan 15th Royal Artillery Group, March 4-10, 2012.

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