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  • U.S. Army Africa ACOTA team trains Sierra Leone troops

    Nov 21, 2011

    As part of the ongoing Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, two U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Soldiers are training members of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces to conduct peacekeeping operations in Darfur. Currently members of the Sierra Leone (SL) military are serving in Darfur as part of a joint UN-African Union force.

  • U.S. Army Africa Soldier trains troops in Sierra Leone

    Nov 17, 2011

    For Sgt. 1st Class Grady Hyatt, training combat skills to African partner nation Soldiers is a full time job. Hyatt works as a military mentor for U.S. Army Africa with the U.S. Department of State's African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance program known as ACOTA.

  • U.S., International Forces commemorate Veterans Day in Africa

    Nov 11, 2011

    U.S. service members and International Forces serving in Africa commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, 2011.

  • USARAF commander, Tunisian ambassador host Veterans Day ceremony in Tunisia

    Nov 11, 2011

    U.S. Ambassador to Tunisia Gordon Gray and Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, presided over the Veterans Day ceremony at the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage Nov. 11. Several senior Tunisian government and military officials attended the event, including Air Force Chief of Staff General Taieb Laajami and Ambassador Faysal Gouia, Director General for the Americas and Asia at the Foreign Ministry.

  • Ugandan People's Defense Force commander visits U.S. Army Africa

    Nov 2, 2011

    Lt. Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, land forces commander of the Uganda People's Defense Force took part in a U.S. Army Africa command visit recently.

  • JTF-Odyssey Guard transports wounded Libyan freedom fighters to Boston

    Nov 1, 2011

    In response to a request to the U.S. State Department from the provisional Libyan government, a Mississippi Air National Guard C-17 Globemaster aircraft transported 22 wounded Libyan freedom fighters to Boston, Oct. 29, where they are being treated at a local medical center.

  • U.S. Army Africa G-6 works around the clock and often on two continents

    Oct 24, 2011

    Nearly 50 Soldiers and civilians of the U.S. Army Africa's G-6 ensure the unit has internet and telephone service. They also help people assigned to USARAF map to the right printer, assist with Tandberg desktop video-conferencing and troubleshoot BlackBerry smart phones.

  • African flag officer pins former USARAF Soldier with Meritorious Service Medal

    Oct 18, 2011

    For Soldiers, receiving a Meritorious Service Medal is a special if not fairly rare occasion. For Staff Sgt. Piedad Garcia, earning the MSM was coupled with an additional honor: Garcia's award was presented by Brig. Gen. Joseph Kwankye, Director General of Defence Communications and Information Systems of the Ghanaian Army.

  • Golden Dragons remember, pay homage to fallen comrades by running Mogadishu Mile

    Oct 13, 2011

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (LI), recently conducted a battalion run on Fort Drum to commemorate the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia.

  • South African Army soldiers visit U.S. Army Africa

    Oct 6, 2011

    Chief Warrant Officer Charles Laubscher and Master Chief Warrant Officer Ketshwerebothata R. Boikanyo from the South African Army took part in a U.S. Army Africa command visit Sept. 26-29.

  • In Africa, capacity building is where Army gets 'bang for buck'

    Sep 30, 2011

    The Army sponsored the second in a series of African Defense Attache' roundtables Sept. 29 at the Pentagon to reinforce professional military-to-military relations.

  • Third Army helps service members get their 'fur fix'

    Sep 28, 2011

    After the recent death of a Soldier from rabies, many commands are reminding deployed service members to stay away from stray animals on and off post.

  • 48th IBCT, Georgia Army National Guard, arrive in Zanzibar ready for contingencies

    Sep 27, 2011

    Seventeen members of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard, recently participated in Natural Fire 11, a bilateral, multinational exercise held in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

  • Seabees build water systems for Zanzibar schools

    Sep 27, 2011

    The U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to CJTF-Horn of Africa were tasked with the mission to travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania, and work together with the Tanzania People's Defense Forces crew of combat engineers to construct two 10,000-liter storage capacity rainwater harvesting systems at two local schools.

  • Ghana engineer instructors visit North Dakota

    Sep 27, 2011

    Instructors from the Engineer Training School in Accra, Ghana, visited combat engineer instructors from the North Dakota National Guard as part of a robust partnership between North Dakota and Ghana that began in 2004 as part of the Department of Defense-sponsored State Partnership Program.

  • Chaplains build crosscultural bridges at Natural Fire 2011 in Zanzibar

    Sep 22, 2011

    For the bilateral, multinational Natural Fire 11 exercise in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ambassador Alfonso Lenhart, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, knows the importance of religious leaders in this region of Africa, so as part of the State Department's effort to reach out to the local community and establish contacts, the U.S. Embassy requested the commanding general of U.S. Army Africa employ a U.S. Army imam, an Islamic religious leader, to be part of the Natural Fire exercise. Enter Chaplain (Maj.) Dawud Agbere of U.S. Army Central.

  • Chaplains build bridges of a different kind at Natural Fire 11

    Sep 22, 2011

    For the bilateral, multinational Natural Fire 11 exercise in Zanzibar, Tanzania, Ambassador Alfonso Lenhart, U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, knows the importance of religious leaders in this region of Africa, so as part of the State Department's effort to reach out to the local community and establish contacts, the U.S. Embassy requested the commanding general of U.S. Army Africa employ a U.S. Army Imam, an Islamic religious leader, to be part of the Natural Fire exercise. Enter Chaplain (Maj.) Dawud Agbere of the U.S. Army Central.

  • 75th Division conducts Zanzibar exercise as part of Natural Fire 11

    Sep 21, 2011

    Twenty-five members of the 5th Brigade of the 75th Division from California recently participated in Natural Fire 11, a bilateral, multinational exercise held in Zanzibar, Tanzania. The 5th Brigade along with approximately 325 members of the armed forces of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States trained side-by-side on the remote African island.

  • Tanzanian, U.S. Soldiers share more than military skills

    Sep 20, 2011

    The Tanzania People's Defense Force worked around linguistic and cultural barriers to share military police best practices with U.S. service members and civilians.

  • 48th IBCT, Georgia Army National Guard, arrive in Zanzibar ready for anything

    Sep 19, 2011

    Seventeen members of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Georgia Army National Guard, recently participated in Natural Fire 11, a bilateral, multinational exercise held in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

  • Groundbreaking ceremony bridges gap, saves lives in Negele, Ethiopia

    Sep 16, 2011

    The people of Negele, Ethiopia, celebrated the hard work between the governments of Ethiopia and the United States recently, during a ground breaking ceremony signifying the start of construction for a much-needed bridge that will connect two local villages and ultimately improve commerce while saving lives.

  • U.S. Army Africa hosts Theater Army Security Cooperation Conference

    Sep 16, 2011

    More than 150 U.S. military and civilian leaders from Africa, Europe and the United States met in Vicenza, Italy, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 to participate in U.S. Army Africa's Theater Army Security Cooperation Conference. "We're going to roll up our sleeves and we're going to lay down programs that are looking forward into the future. That way, we can start nesting and getting the resources that support those programs," said USARAF Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg.

  • USARAF Soldiers break new ground in Sierra Leone

    Sep 16, 2011

    As part of the ongoing Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, a State Department initiative, two U.S. Army Africa Soldiers are training members of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces to conduct peacekeeping operations in Darfur. Currently members of the Sierra Leone military are serving in Darfur as part of a joint UN-African Union force.

  • Helping an Ethiopian community survive severe drought

    Sep 16, 2011

    More than 25,000 cattle, camels, chickens and other animals received necessary veterinary treatments Aug. 16-24 in an effort to help livestock in the Miesa and Siminto, Ethiopia, region survive the current drought.

  • Partnership building takes center stage at Natural Fire 2011 in Zanzibar, Tanzania

    Sep 14, 2011

    Senior leaders and civilian authorities from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania Uganda and the United States joined together to participate in Natural Fire 2011 in Zanzibar, Tanzania on Sept. 12. The first event which kicked off the exercise was the Academics seminar presented by U.S. Africa Command.

  • Natural Fire 2011 exercise in Tanzania stresses humanitarian assistance coordination

    Sep 14, 2011

    The power of one with the strength of many is an old adage expressing that a unified force can accomplish more than several individuals on their own. Cooperation is one of the main focuses of Natural Fire 11. The exercise is being held in Zanzibar, Tanzania from Sept. 11-22, 2011 where the United States is conducting a bi-lateral exercise. Tanzania invited Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda together for academics and a command post exercise.

  • Italian, American communities come together to remember Sept. 11

    Sep 13, 2011

    A wreath was hung at the 9-11 Memorial in Padova, Italy, to begin the day. The afternoon brought prayers and hymns at the Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Servi in downtown Vicenza, Italy. The evening ended with hope for a better world at the Villa Cordellina Lombardi in Montecchio Maggiore, Italy. Throughout the day more than 3,500 Americans and Italians united to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the Pentagon in Virginia, World Trade Center in New York, and Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.

  • U.S. Army Africa Commander Gets Flu Shot

    Sep 13, 2011

    Sgt. Brenden Hart, medic from Vicenza Health Clinic at Caserma Ederle, Italy, ensures U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg is well-prepared for the upcoming flu season.

  • Lessons learned from Exercise Atlas Drop '11 impacts relief aid in Africa

    Sep 8, 2011

    Lessons learned from Exercise Atlas Drop '11 impacts relief aid in Mogadishu, Somalia.

  • African Public Affairs Officers tour DoD's communication hub

    Sep 8, 2011

    Three Public Affairs Officers from both Tanzania and Mauritania were given a first-hand look at US public Affairs training and operations during a visit to the Fort Meade, Md. and Washington D.C. area Aug. 23-26.

  • Bond of Brotherhood: Firefighter training crosses cultures at Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti

    Sep 6, 2011

    As a pair of Nomex-gloved hands reached forward and pulled a pressurized lever, the normally dusty landscape of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, was transformed into something resembling a winter wonderland during a recent training event. The gloves belonged to Siyaad Cheik, one of three Djiboutian nationals employed as a firefighter on Camp Lemonnier and certified by the Department of Defense. "Working for the fire department has made my life very interesting," Cheik said. "It's the best job in the world. Every day I learn something new and further my education and skill level."

  • Mason takes command of U.S. Army Africa Headquarters Support Company

    Sep 2, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa's Headquarters Support Company conducted a change of command ceremony Aug. 31 at Caserma Ederle's Teen Center, where Maj. Brian Hanley handed over the reins of leadership to Capt. Terri Mason.

  • Swahili HeadStart2 language program

    Sep 2, 2011

    Monterey, California (Sep 2, 2011) -- The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center has released a new edition of the computer-based HeadStart language program in Swahili. The Swahili HeadStart2 program, along with fourteen other languages: Chinese, Dari, French, German, Iraqi, Korean, Kurmanji, Pashto, Persian Farsi, Russian, Spanish, Urdu, Uzbek, Portuguese) is available for download.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors security cooperation conference

    Sep 1, 2011

    Nearly 150 military and civilian personnel representing organizations from throughout Africa, Europe and the U.S. participated in U.S. Army Africa's Theater Army Security Cooperation Conference held Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 in Vicenza, Italy.

  • USARAF chaplains focus on combat, operational stress during Namibia symposium

    Aug 31, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Deputy Command Chaplain (LTC) Clyde Scott and Operations Chaplain Assistant Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Eye along with more than 25 chaplains and assistant chaplains of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) participated in the Namibia Chaplain Symposium Aug. 22-25.

  • U.S. Army Africa Intelligence Soldiers graduate top of class

    Aug 29, 2011

    Two noncommissioned officers from U.S. Army Africa were further prepared for a demanding, yet rewarding position in staff operations by graduating at the top of their class at the Battle Staff NCO Course (BSNCOC) taught by the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA).

  • U.S. Army Africa Contingency Command Post completes deployment exercise

    Aug 22, 2011

    Nearly 30 Soldiers and Civilians of U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) packed up and moved the organization's expeditionary command post to Aviano Air Base in northern Italy Aug. 8-12. The ECP is a medium sized version of a newly configured mobile operations center used by the USARAF Contingency Command Post. The CCP provides USARAF Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg with worldwide communications links for his organization's forward command element wherever it is deployed, be it on the African continent or elsewhere. For many of the crew, the exercise was a shake-down event resulting in several firsts.

  • Natick engineer blends science, patriotism with U.S. Army Africa mission

    Aug 19, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa is working in cooperation with U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center on a solar shade system in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, that produces two kilowatts of power. Natick engineer Steve Tucker is the lead project manager and brings a unique skill set to the mission.

  • Angola's land forces commanader, Gen. Lucio Amaral, visits U.S. Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy

    Aug 19, 2011

    To mark the beginning of a growing relationship with Angola, Gen. Lucio Amaral, commander of the Angolan Land Forces, recently spent three days with U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. Amaral participated in three briefings, met with 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team Soldiers, and made site visits to USARAF's Skills Engagement Center, Contingency Command Post, and the Current Operations Integration Center.

  • Power shade system uses solar energy to produce electricity in austere conditions

    Aug 17, 2011

    More than a year ago, a team of Kansas National Guard Soldiers set up a solar shade system here that produces two kilowatts of power. With relatively no maintenance, the system continues to silently and steadily produce eco-friendly electricity from the sun. Recently, Maj. Tim Franklin, the Uniformed Science Technology Advisor to U.S. Army Africa and Steve Tucker of the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center traveled to Djibouti to assess the power shade system and train Soldiers on its use.

  • Angolan land forces commander sits down with U.S. Army Africa command team

    Aug 16, 2011

    To mark the beginning of a growing relationship with Angola, Gen. Lucio Amaral, commander of the Angolan Land Forces, recently spent three days with U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.

  • Top-notch Vicenza surgeon meets with USARAF command surgeon

    Aug 15, 2011

    The U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Command Surgeon directorate was honored to have according to some as one of the most experienced surgeons in the world come visit Caserma Ederle, Aug. 10, to discuss an ongoing joint project between USARAF, Vicenza Hospital and Africa. Dr. Franco Favretti, chief of surgery at Vicenza Hospital, presented different possibilities for an ongoing project in Africa. His main ideas included providing infrastructure, developing institutionalized programs, promoting sustainable efforts that strengthen African health care capacity and preparing medical professionals on the continent by fostering and strengthening a network of continuing education and mentoring programs.

  • HHB Activation ceremony marks significant historical event for U.S. Army Africa

    Aug 12, 2011

    More than 350 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members gathered Aug. 12 at Hoekstra Field in Vicenza, Italy, for an exciting and historic event for U.S. Army Africa - one that highlighted the distinguished history of Headquarters Support Company and marked the activation of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.

  • Ceremony marks significant historical event for U.S. Army Africa

    Aug 12, 2011

    More than 350 Soldiers, Civilians and Family members gathered Aug. 12 at Hoekstra Field in Vicenza, Italy, for an exciting and historic event for U.S. Army Africa " one that highlighted the distinguished history of Headquarters Support Company and marked the activation of the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.

  • Army Africa PRD covers ‘what-if’ factor for travelers

    Aug 10, 2011

    For U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) travelers heading to the continent, a visit to the USARAF Personnel Recovery Directorate is a must. They outfit travelers with tools and information that can help during emergencies survival or medical skills. “We’re here to offer training, education and preparation for travelers in the African continent,” John Whitley, USARAF Personnel Recovery director said. He said there are several requirements travelers should complete before arriving at foreign destinations. Requirements are in place to aid personnel recovery teams in the event of an emergency. “Everyone should have a plan and a statement of preparedness completed known as a STOP. It’s a requirement. People are getting better about completing these requirements, but we can still improve,” Whitley said. He said prior travel planning preparation and quality control will improve the probability of survival in the event of traveler isolation.

  • Kenyan chaplains visit Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti

    Aug 10, 2011

    Chaplains from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Religious Affairs office welcomed three Kenyan Ministry of Defense (KMoD) chaplains to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently, during a U.S. military professional chaplaincy familiarization visit. Catholic Bishops (Cols.) Alfred Rotich and Paul Simuyu, and Muslim Imam (Lt. Col.) Mohammed Ahmed met with U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken, CJTF-HOA commander, and visited several camp locations including the chapel, the Muslim prayer tent, and the Fleet and Family Services Center.

  • Top-notch Soldiers represent U.S. Army Africa in Best Warrior Competition

    Aug 10, 2011

    Going for the coveted U.S. Army Europe NCO and Soldier of the Year title, two U.S. Army Africa Soldiers, Sgt. Benjamin J. Carpenter, operations sergeant, and Cpl. Benjamin J. Roalson, supply clerk, participated in the 2011 U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, July 24- 28. The competition consisted of events that challenged the competitors’ military knowledge, warrior skills, and physical endurance " an Army Physical Fitness Test, obstacle course, military board and uniform inspection, weapons qualification at the Engagement Skills Trainer 2000, HMMWV evacuation at the HMMWV Egress Assistance Trainer, military operations on urban terrain site and land navigation.

  • U.S. Army Africa staff ride focuses on Battle of Caporetto

    Aug 10, 2011

    More than 40 U. S. Army Africa leaders took part in a staff ride to explore Italian World War I battles in the mountainous regions of Italy and Slovenia. The tour focused on trench warfare culminating in the Battle of Caporetto that began on Oct. 24, 1917. Taking part in the three-day staff ride were USARAF Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg along with a group of staff civilians, officers, senior non-commissioned officers and Italian Army officers. According to Italian Professor Paolo Pozzato, a military historian and former Italian Army officer, the Italian Army experienced a surprising defeat during the Battle of Caporetto. He said the battle created conditions from which the Italian Army never fully recovered.

  • African partner nation NCOs earn Hall of Fame honors

    Aug 10, 2011

    Two senior noncommissioned officers from African partner nations were inducted into the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy’s International Military Student Hall of Fame recently. Master Warrant Officer Dickson Owusu, sergeant major of the Ghana Army, and Warrant Officer One Patric Ekirita, forces sergeant major of Uganda Peoples Defence Forces, took part in an induction ceremony at the academy’s Kenneth W. Cooper Lecture Center. “NCOs attending the course is truly a win-win situation for the U.S. Army and for the sending country,” said U.S. Army Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes, who attended the ceremony.

  • U.S. cadets, midshipmen, build relationships in Uganda

    Aug 10, 2011

    Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, participated in a weeklong leadership training workshop this month in cities throughout Uganda with the Ugandan Peoples Defense Force (UPDF). The first phase of the training consisted of classroom instruction with Tanzanian instructors, physical training and familiarization with Ugandan military tactics. Tanzanian Army Maj. Paul Masinde, officer in charge of training at the Junior Staff College (JSC), at Jinja, said that the instruction is crucial for those in leadership positions. “The school instills methods to help junior officers perform,” he said.

  • U.S., Zanzibar veterinarians partner to treat livestock

    Aug 10, 2011

    Servicemembers from Maritime Civil Affairs Team 116 and 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with more than 60 Pemban veterinary service personnel to treat roughly 9,000 animals during a Veterinarian Civil Action Program in Pemba, Zanzibar, July 4-30, 2011.

  • Ghana, U.S. veterinarians learn, work together

    Jul 29, 2011

    Soldiers from the Iowa-based 949th Veterinary Company, U.S. Army National Guard, united with veterinarians from Ghana's 37th Military Hospital during MEDFLAG 11 to learn from each other and to work together. Occurring July 11 to July 21 and sponsored by U.S. Army Africa, MEDFLAG 11 strengthens the relationship and interoperability between the U.S. and Ghana military forces through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civic assistance (HCA) in local communities.

  • MEDFLAG 11 comes to close in Ghana

    Jul 29, 2011

    MEDFLAG 11, a joint humanitarian assistance exercise between U.S. and Ghana Armed Forces, came to an end today with a culminating event at the nearby Ghana army base, Burma Camp. Sponsored by U.S. Army Africa, the bilateral MEDFLAG 11 exercise strengthened the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civilian assistance in local communities.

  • Future U.S., Tanzanian military officers find common ground

    Jul 29, 2011

    Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis visited the Tanzanian People's Defense Force (TPDF) Naval Command Training Center in Dar Es Salaam, for training recently. The students came at the invitation of the Tanzanian government to visit TPDF junior officers and exchange training philosophies, best practices on leadership styles and introduce the junior officers to one another to facilitate future working relationships.

  • Chaplains in unique position to promote stability, peace in Africa

    Jul 29, 2011

    According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, sub-Saharan Africa is clearly among the most religious places in the world. Religion is a critical structure in sub-Saharan African society given the widespread reality of failed states and collapsing governments. "Following years of civil war we are helping them re-establish their chaplaincies," said Chaplain (Sgt. 1st Class) Timothy Eye. "Across the board we have been trying to help [African nations] professionalize their chaplaincies."

  • Amb. Vicki Huddleston visits U.S. Army Africa

    Jul 21, 2011

    Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Office of the Secretary of Defense, visits U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) July 11, 2011. The ambassador meets with command leaders and shares her perspective on the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program.

  • U.S. Soldiers welcomed, experience Ghanaian culture

    Jul 21, 2011

    About 100 U.S. Soldiers experienced firsthand the vibrant history and culture of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana July 17 while participating in MEDFLAG 11. The Ghana Army-sponsored cultural day was one of the many examples of kindness the Ghana Armed Forces has shown to U.S. servicemembers, who traveled here to work side-by-side with their GAF counterparts in the joint humanitarian assistance exercise.

  • U.S. dental teams train, work with Ghanaian Armed Forces

    Jul 21, 2011

    Soldiers from the 965th Dental Company, U.S. Army Reserve Texas, and the 814th Medical Company of the North Dakota Army National Guard, shared information with Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) medical personnel about U.S. dental practices July 18 during MEDFLAG 11. The GAF and 965th Dental Co. participated in group instruction to ensure both teams leave MEDFLAG 11 with a better understanding of their own capabilities while learning new ways to do their jobs more efficiently.

  • U.S., Ghana partner to teach malaria prevention

    Jul 21, 2011

    A team of U.S. Soldiers from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, an Army Reserve unit from Connecticut, partnered with Ghana's National Disaster Management Organization during MEDFLAG 11 to implement a malaria outreach program and train disaster volunteers on basic first aid skills.

  • Morocco receives shipment of Army surplus

    Jul 20, 2011

    Various types of equipment and ammunition were delivered to Morocco on June 30 at the Casablanca Port as a result of two Excess Defense Articles foreign military sales cases originating from the Army Security Assistance Command.

  • U.S. Army Africa commander observes infantry training in Kenya

    Jul 19, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, recently flew more than 3,700 miles to the Kenya Army School of Infantry in Isiolo to watch a special infantry demonstration of Kenyan troops training on the M-24 and .50-caliber weapon systems.

  • U.S. Army Africa conducts deployment capability training in Burundi

    Jul 19, 2011

    At the request of the Burundian military, U.S. Army Africa's Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team conducted a deployment capability training event with uniformed members of the Burundian Defense Forces June 6-10, 2011, at the Bujumbura Military Airfield in Bujumbura, Burundi.

  • USARAF’s Chris Zahner receives U.S. Army Transportation Corps Regimental Civilian of the Year honors

    Jul 18, 2011

    Chris Zahner, U.S. Army Africa's (USARAF) Logistics Office Chief of Surface Transportation, was recently named U.S. Army's Transportation Corps Regimental Civilian of the Year for 2011. Todd Johnston, USARAF's chief of mobility, said he nominated Zahner because he doesn't just know about 'moving' things, he knows how it should route, who to talk to, who does it best in which port, and which office/minister/official to coordinate USARAF cargo movement through borders smoothly.

  • Ghana, U.S. medical personnel share knowledge, experience during MEDFLAG 11

    Jul 18, 2011

    The first portion of MEDFLAG 11 has strengthened the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through five days of collaborative training, during which medical expertise is shared by the joint-team effort to improve medical treatment in their home countries.

  • Frater reflects on upcoming retirement

    Jul 18, 2011

    Vera Frater will leave her position as secretary to the commanding general of U.S. Army Africa, and leaving behinc a legacy of working with eight commanding generals during her 13-year tenure. “It’s been exciting working for the Army,” said Frater. “Every day is different, so there is a lot of variety. All the people I worked for and with have been so good and kind. It’s really been a blast. I have been very, very fortunate.”

  • U.S. Army Africa to help assess small water purification device

    Jul 18, 2011

    When traveling to Africa, USARAF personnel should carry a small survival pouch known as a fly-away kit. It contains compact emergency gear complete with iodine water purification tablets and has all the tools to help travelers survive in isolated locations for short periods of time. “I advise that people going to the African continent only drink purified water,” said John Whitley, director of USARAF Personnel Recovery. Whitley and the crew at the recovery directorate are responsible for ensuring that USARAF travelers are prepared for travel to Africa. The directorate provides training and the emergency kits for travelers from the command.

  • Ghana, U.S. noncommissioned officers lead the way

    Jul 18, 2011

    Ghanaian and U.S. participated together July 14 in a joint noncommissioned officer-led promotion ceremony at Burma Camp, Accra, Ghana for Staff Sgt. Jennifer Shook, of the U.S. Army National Guard. The ceremony was just one example of the many times the NCOs of both armies have already worked together during the bilateral MEDFLAG 11. Beginning July 11, MEDFLAG 11 is a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Ghana armed forces through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civic assistance in local communities.

  • Algerian Land Forces Commander visits USARAF

    Jul 18, 2011

    Algerian Land Forces Commander Major General Ahcene Tafer met with U.S. Army Africa Commander MG David R. Hogg and toured the command’s headquarters in Vicenza, Italy, June 15. Hogg visited Algeria in December 2010, so this was a chance for him to offer Tafer the same type of welcome he was given during his visit there.

  • Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli visits U.S. Army Africa

    Jul 15, 2011

    Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli touched-down in Vicenza, Italy, July 14, 2011 for a day-long visit.

  • 405th Brigade Support Battalion supports joint Ghana-U.S. exercise

    Jul 14, 2011

    The 405th Brigade Support Battalion of North Riverside, Ill., was in in Accra, Ghana, July 13, playing an active role in MEDFLAG 11. Sponsored by U.S. Army Africa, the bilateral MEDFLAG 11 exercise will strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civic assistance in local communities. MEDFLAG is the 405th BSB’s first mission as a unit, marking a great milestone of success for the team.

  • U.S. Army Africa Soldiers train the trainers in Ghana

    Jul 14, 2011

    Two U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Soldiers trained members of the Ghanaian Defense Forces recently at Bendasi Training Site, Accra, Ghana, as part of the ongoing Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program.

  • U.S. Army Africa’s Forward Command Element ready to roll

    Jul 14, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa recently trained up on its Forward Command Element.

  • Ghanaian, U.S. troops join forces for MEDFLAG 11

    Jul 14, 2011

    MEDFLAG 11, a joint humanitarian assistance exercise between U.S. and Ghana Armed Forces, kicked off July 11 with an opening ceremony at the nearby Ghanaian army base, Burma Camp. Sponsored by U.S. Army Africa, the bilateral MEDFLAG 11 exercise will strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Ghana through 10 days of collaborative training and sharing of medical expertise, as well as joint humanitarian civilian assistance in local communities.

  • Ghanaian-American Soldier supports U.S. Army Africa exercise in Accra

    Jul 13, 2011

    A U.S. Army Africa Soldier born in Ghana returns home to Accra as a participant in the bilateral medical forces exercise known as MEDFLAG 11. For Sgt. Mark L. Kwansah, it’s a homecoming with a mission.

  • U.S. Army Africa joins in 150th celebration of Italian Day of National Unity

    Jul 13, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg joined dignitaries from all parts of the Veneto Region to celebrate Italy’s National Day. He along with several hundred Italian servicemen and military veteran’s gathered in a formal ceremony to commemorate Italy’s National Day and celebrated the Italian Republic's 150th Anniversary in the Piazza del Signore, Vicenza, Italy.

  • Cadets, midshipmen visit Horn of Africa, enhance understanding of regional affairs

    Jun 13, 2011

    Six Army cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and six midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., arrived at the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, May 26, 2011, to better understand the role of U.S. forces in the area.

  • Soldiers share combat lifesaving skills with Malawian troops at MEDREACH 11

    Jun 2, 2011

    Medreach 11 is a U.S. Army Africa-run exercise designed to enhance U.S. and Malawian military medical capabilities and enhance the two militaries’ ability to work together during a humanitarian emergency or other crisis. In addition to humanitarian and civic assistance outreach projects, a major emphasis during the exercise was on training: in the classroom, in training lanes and ultimately, during a field training exercise.

  • Experimental solar shade in Djibouti provides constant power

    Jun 2, 2011

    The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command is the lead in coordinating an experiment using flexible solar cells that could eventually save millions in Army fuel costs.

  • Joint effort delivers power, supplies to Morocco for African Lion 11

    Jun 2, 2011

    Exercise African Lion 11 is joint and bi-lateral exercise between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States that involves more than 2,000 U.S. servicemembers and approximately 900 members of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, between April 25 and June 18.

  • Army medics conduct African Lion 11 MEDEVAC to Guelmim, Morocco

    Jun 2, 2011

    Soldiers of the 848th Forward Surgical Team participating in exercise African Lion 11 organized a rehearsal medical evacuation with the Moroccan military May 8, 2011. Exercise African Lion is a joint exercise involving U.S. Army, Navy and Marines, and the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces that consists of peacekeeping operations, humanitarian civic assistance operations and construction projects.

  • U.S. Army Africa staff ride focuses on Italian World War I trench warfare battlefields, memorials

    Jun 2, 2011

    A three-day USARAF staff ride May 24-26, 2011, followed a route in northern Italy through the mountains of western Slovenia where the 1917 battle of Caporetto was fought. Italian military history experts provided participants the benefit of their vast knowledge of each and every memorial and battlefield during the ride.

  • AFRICOM service members go on Memorial Day mission to honor fallen

    Jun 2, 2011

    More than 35 Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) servicemembers climbed aboard two CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopters on May 30, Memorial Day, and traveled to some of Djibouti’s most remote regions to honor CJTF-HOA members who lost their lives in two separate aircraft accidents.

  • Ophthalmology outreach at MEDREACH in Malawi

    May 27, 2011

    Life-changing events can become the norm during a medical readiness education and training exercises conducted in tandem with U.S. Army Africa's MEDREACH 11 mission in Malawi. That mission, featuring medical training exchanges between U.S. and Malawi Defense Force members, included three medical and dental outreach clinics that delivered care to the Malawian people. "There is nothing quite so gratifying as that moment when the bandages come off and the patients realize they can see," said Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Darrell "Casey" Carlton, assistant officer-in-charge for the eye clinic at the Lions Sight First Eye Hospital. "It's a life-changing change for them."

  • EFMP Sports Day in Vicenza gets high marks

    May 13, 2011

    The members of U.S. Army Garrison - Vicenza, Italy, held a sports day the community's members of the Exceptional Family Member Program.

  • EFMP Sports Day in Vicenza, Italy, gets high marks

    May 13, 2011

    Vicenza, Italy, military community members go all out at the first-ever Exceptional Family Member Program Sports Day May 12, 2011 on Caserma Ederle.

  • Malawi Defence Force masters vital combat lifesaver training at MEDREACH 11

    May 13, 2011

    Soldiers from the 399th Combat Support Hospital instructed Malawi Defence Force (MDF) medical staff and Soldiers from the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Battalion, May 5, at the Kamuzu Barracks, on a variety of procedures to help them better respond to combat-related injuries. The four-day course is designed to be an information-sharing exercise between the MDF and U.S. Soldiers participating in MEDREACH 11, a joint humanitarian medical exercise taking place in Malawi. "Their Soldiers are very intelligent," said 1st Lt. Jason J. Proulx, a Combat Life Saver instructor with the 399th Combat Support Hospital in Mass. "They are asking very appropriate questions and answering appropriately. I have no doubt that there will be a 100 percent pass rate."

  • MEDREACH 11 under way in Malawi

    May 10, 2011

    Soldiers from the 399th Combat Support Hospital instructed Malawi Defence Force (MDF) medical staff and Soldiers from the 404th Maneuver Enhancement Battalion, May 5, at the Kamuzu Barracks, on a variety of procedures to help them better respond to combat-related injuries. The four-day course is designed to be an information-sharing exercise between the MDF and U.S. Soldiers participating in MEDREACH 11, a joint humanitarian medical exercise taking place in Malawi.

  • US Soldiers provide combat life saving training to Malawi Defence Forces

    May 9, 2011

    Article and images supporting a four-day course that is designed to be an information-sharing exercise between the Malawi Defence Force and U.S. Soldiers participating in MEDREACH 11, a joint humanitarian medical exercise taking place in Malawi.

  • Malawi, U.S. armed forces launch exercise MEDREACH 11 in Lilongwe

    May 5, 2011

    Malawi Defence Force and U.S. military servicemembers officially kicked off exercise MEDREACH 11 with an opening ceremony May 3, 2011, at the Kamuzu Barracks, Lilongwe, Malawi.

  • Malawi and U.S. Forces launch exercise MEDREACH 11

    May 5, 2011

    Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and U.S. military servicemembers officially kicked-off exercise MEDREACH 11, May 3, with an opening ceremony at the Kamuzu Barracks. The program brought the MDF shoulder to shoulder with the United States military in a symbolic display of the unity that has been created between the two forces.

  • U.S. Army Africa, Atlas Drop 11, Uganda

    May 4, 2011

    Atlas Drop 11, an annual joint aerial-delivery exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), brings together U.S. Soldiers with their counterparts from the Ugandan People's Defense Forces (UPDF), and is designed to enhance the readiness of both countries' resupply and logistical capabilities.

  • World Malaria Day symposium reaffirms disease is still significant threat

    May 2, 2011

    April 25 was World Malaria Day, commemorating medical, scientific and community efforts worldwide to control the tropical disease. For a fourth year, world communities are recognizing progress to find vaccines and the impact that malaria has in tropical locales. According to Col. Alfonso S. Alarcon, U.S. Army Africa Command Surgeon, World Malaria Day has a special significance for USARAF troops.

  • Soldier recognized for heroism while training in Uganda

    May 2, 2011

    U.S. Army Spc. Juan Salazar, Company D, 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, was awarded the U.S. Army Commendation Medal by Brig. Gen. William Glasgow, deputy commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), in a ceremony March 29, 2011 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Salazar, from Kansas City, Mo., was recognized for acts of heroism Sept. 1, 2010, in Uganda where he saved the lives of a Ugandan People's Defense Force soldier and the life of Spc. Scott Alexander of the 418th, when a truck in which they were traveling through Moroto District was swept away while fording a stream, killing the civilian Ugandan driver.

  • Kansas Army National Guard units transfer authority at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti

    May 2, 2011

    More than 300 Soldiers gathered at the recreation center here April 15 to witness a transfer of authority ceremony led by Brig. Gen. William Glasgow, deputy commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). Lt. Col. Tom Burke, commander, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Battalion, accepted authority to continue supporting the CJTF-HOA mission from Lt. Col. Gregory Mittman, commander, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment.

  • Army Civil Affairs team pitches in to renovate rural Djibouti high school

    May 2, 2011

    A team of Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion teamed up with townspeople in Dikhil, Djibouti, this month to renovate the region's only high school. The goal of the two-month project, which began April 16, is to renovate six classrooms and an office with a new ceiling, windows, doors, lighting fixtures, blackboards and a fresh coat of paint.

  • Ugandan, U.S. Soldiers build aerial resupply capacity during Atlas Drop 11

    Apr 27, 2011

    Exercise Atlas Drop 11 came to a close with a ceremony at Drop Zone Blue near Olilim, Uganda, April 20 following three days of aerial-delivery resupply practice missions. "Soldiers have had the opportunity to learn and to develop friendships and partnerships with the Soldiers they've worked with here from the UPDF," said Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa. "For us, that is absolutely invaluable. This has been a successful exercise. A lot of work, but it was well worth it."

  • 405th AFSBn-Italy supports humanitarian relief efforts to Libya

    Apr 25, 2011

    The 405th Army Field Support Battalion-Italy prepared a shipment of humanitarian aid supplies in support of a U.S. Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance mission to Libya.

  • Intelligence course in Bamako, Mali, fosters cooperation among West African neighbors

    Apr 20, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) intelligence assets extended a helping hand to their African continent counterparts in Bamako, Mali, recently. A total of 18 students from various African nations took part in a six-week Military Intelligence Professional Course (MIPC) that was conducted in French and English, said Maj. Kevin Cahill, USARAF Intelligence Security Cooperation section.

  • Behavioral health teams trade professional information in Malawi

    Apr 19, 2011

    As part of a two-man theater contact team, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Majs. Allen Staley and David Sensiba worked with the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) to exchange information on military behavioral health from March 26 through April 1. More than 30 MDF Soldiers participated in the exchange.

  • Ugandan, American Soldiers build drop zones, skill sets during Atlas Drop 11

    Apr 19, 2011

    Soldiers from the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) and the U.S. Georgia Army National Guard have been training and living together in the bush north of Soroti as part of Atlas Drop 11. Infantrymen, cavalry scouts and pathfinders from 3rd Squadron, 108th Cavalry Regiment, 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, and soldiers from UPDF's 27th Infantry Battalion have been training alongside each other on patrolling and clearing aerial-resupply drop zones in three locations in the Olilim and Kapelebyong areas.

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