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  • 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.

  • U.S. Army's top logistician makes command visit to Army Africa

    Mar 28, 2012

    Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, the U.S. Army deputy chief of staff for logistics, visited U. S. Army Africa during a tour of Europe-based military installations March 20.

  • U.S., Gabonese medical teams unite

    Mar 25, 2012

    While working together during U.S. Army Africa-hosted Medical Accord Central 12 exercise March 5-16, 2012, U.S. and Gabonese military physicians were allowed the unique opportunity to learn and grow together, and through this process realized just how much they have in common.

  • Lessons from MEDREACH 11 strengthen U.S, Malawi partnership year later

    Mar 25, 2012

    MEDREACH 11, a U.S. Army Africa-sponsored exercise, took place at the Kumuzu Barracks in Malawi, May 2011. The exercise focused on increasing the combined readiness of medical forces to respond to humanitarian emergencies.

  • U.S. Army Africa, Tennessee National Guard personnel journey to Uganda

    Mar 18, 2012

    Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams personnel from U.S. Army Africa and Tennessee National Guard traveled to Uganda Feb. 20-24, 2012, to conduct Phase I training for 27 members of the Uganda People's Defense Force.

  • Medical Accord Central 12 helps build partnerships in Gabon

    Mar 12, 2012

    U.S. and Gabonese forces along with regional partners are training together during Medical Accord Central 12, March 5-16, 2012.

  • U.S. Army Africa Forward Command Post ready for worldwide missions

    Mar 6, 2012

    U.S. Army Africa Soldiers have worked toward developing a flexible mobile communications command center that can function as the unit's headquarters anywhere in the world to respond to deployment requests from U.S. Africa Command.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains teach resiliency in Africa

    Mar 6, 2012

    U.S. Army Africa Chaplain (Col.) John McGraw, along with Africa Command Chaplain (Col.) Jerry Lewis, traveled to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, recently to provide resiliency training to DRC's Armed Forces chaplains.

  • Wyoming Guard's partnership with Tunisia growing

    Mar 3, 2012

    The African nation of Tunisia and the Wyoming National Guard are furthering their relationship a year after a Tunisian revolution kicked off the Arab Spring.

  • Adaptive Logistics Network guides USARAF operations

    Mar 2, 2012

    U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) hosted a conference for logisticians and logistics partners in Entebbe, Uganda, February 2012 to collaborate on ways to improve efficiencies in mission support.

  • Africa: an unparalleled adventure

    Feb 27, 2012

    One of the advantages of being stationed in Europe is the ability to travel to many destinations that are on thousands of "bucket lists," those special places that people want to visit before they kick the bucket. Whether it's floating through the canals of Venice, climbing the steps to the Parthenon in Athens, or riding a camel among the Great Pyramids of Egypt, all are within easy reach of Germany. Many people share a dream of going on safari in Africa, and there will never be a better time than when you are stationed here. Most flights from the States stop in Europe, so in a sense, you're halfway there.

  • Special Forces conduct pathfinder training in Mali

    Feb 23, 2012

    U.S. service members traveled to Africa to meet with troops from six partner nations who are sharing their knowledge of aerial resupply and recovery as part of exercise Atlas Accord 12 in Mali.

  • 409th CSB supports mission in Horn of Africa

    Feb 21, 2012

    Deploying to locations that cover a third of the globe, members of the 409th Contracting Support Brigade, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, regularly find themselves supporting U.S. Africa Command in remote parts of the African continent.

  • New York National Guard adjutant general takes part in South African Reserve conference

    Feb 15, 2012

    The New York National Guard's top officer is visiting South Africa this week to take part in a workshop being hosted by Maj. Gen. Roy Andersen, the Chief of South African National Defence Force Reserves.

  • Soldiers deliver supplies to remote Djiboutian school

    Feb 14, 2012

    Soldiers with Civil Affairs Team 4902, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, partnered with U.S. Agency for International Development, the Djiboutian Ministry of Education and the U.S. Embassy to deliver school supply kits to the Balho Primary School in Balho, Djibouti, Jan. 31, 2012.

  • 772nd Civil Support Team supports medical mission in Tanzania

    Feb 14, 2012

    Members of the 772nd Civil Support Team, 7th Civil Support Command, concluded their two-week Medical Readiness and Training Exercise in Zanzibar, Tanzania, from Jan. 30 to Feb. 12, 2012.

  • U.S. team trains Malawi Defence Force in convoy ops

    Feb 14, 2012

    As part of the Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team, three U.S. Army instructors traveled to Salima, Malawi, to help 22 personnel from the Malawi Defence Force hone their skills in convoy operations, Jan. 16-20, 2012.

  • U.S., Tanzania work together during MEDRETE 2012

    Feb 14, 2012

    U.S. medical personnel traveled to Zanzibar, Tanzania, Jan. 30 through Feb. 10, 2012, to perform a suture-less cataract surgical technique to improve military relationships with host medical providers and provide medical treatment to local citizens.

  • Medical Soldiers share training in Mali during Atlas Accord

    Feb 10, 2012

    Soldiers of the 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, are sharing their expertise with their Malian medical defense forces counterparts during Atlas Accord 12 in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7-15.

  • Exercise delivers eye care, medical capability in Africa

    Feb 9, 2012

    A small-scale medical exercise under way in Tanzania is having a big impact on the local population and building strong bridges between the U.S. and Tanzanian militaries.

  • USARAF chaplains partner with Liberian chaplains

    Jan 27, 2012

    Following more than a decade of civil war and destruction, citizens of Liberia are slowly recovering from traumatic events that disrupted their way of life. With the help of the U.S. Army, the Armed Forces of Liberia is being reconstructed to develop a more successful and modern military -- one of those ways is through their chaplaincy.

  • Tanzania partners with U.S., provides medical care for women, children

    Jan 22, 2012

    Tanzanian medical providers working in partnership with U.S. service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa provided medical care to more than 2,100 Tanzanian women and children during a Medical Civil Action Program Jan. 9-13, 2012.

  • New York Army Guard unit heading to Mali for logistics exercise

    Jan 11, 2012

    NEW YORK, NY -- Thirty-seven New York Army National Guard logistics specialists from the 369th Sustainment Brigade will be heading to the African nation of Mali in February as part of exercise Atlas Accord 12.

  • NCO training program brings together African troops, communities

    Jan 10, 2012

    In an increasingly collaborative security environment, U.S. troops are finding more opportunities to train and mentor partner militaries on programs and techniques that make the U.S. military successful.

  • Ali Sabieh citizens celebrate library anniversary

    Jan 9, 2012

    Locals, dignitaries and Djiboutian and U.S. servicemembers gathered at Camp Harbi, December 29, 2011, to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Alo Aska Library, which is located near the camp in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti.

  • Children in Djibouti learn English through "Soldier in the Classroom" program

    Jan 6, 2012

    U.S. Army Spc. Tiffany Larriba held her hands in front of her, fingers closed, as children from Karabti San, Djibouti, waited in eager anticipation, January 3, 2012.

  • U.S. Army Africa Chaplains lead combat-stress training in Burundi

    Jan 4, 2012

    Two U.S. Army Africa chaplains traveled to Bujumbura, Burundi, to lead a five-day training symposium in partnership with Burundi Ministry of Defense medical providers and chaplains to develop strategies to reduce adverse responses to combat-related stress.

  • Ugandans train on Raven unmanned aircraft system

    Jan 4, 2012

    Eight members of the Ugandan air force received training on the Raven Dec. 12-23, 2011.

  • 101st Soldiers oversee demining in Chad

    Dec 28, 2011

    Three Soldiers from the 52nd Ordnance Group, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), provided a program of instruction on explosive ordnance disposal to 13 soldiers in the Republic of Chad, Nov. 7-25, 2011.

  • SMA visits Soldiers in Horn of Africa

    Dec 21, 2011

    Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III made his first trip to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, visiting Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other units on camp, Dec. 16, 2011.

  • VIDEO: SMA visits Soldiers in Horn of Africa

    Dec 21, 2011

    Sgt.n Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III made his first trip to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, visiting Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other units on camp, Dec. 16, 2011.

  • Train now, 'respond first' saves lives

    Dec 13, 2011

    Recently, the U.S. Army Africa Surgeon's Office and Headquarters Support Company medical section came together for a three-day First Responder's Course addressing some of the most important topics for travelers to Africa.

  • Civil affairs team encourages students to pitch in

    Dec 12, 2011

    The U.S. Army 4902nd Civil Affairs Team put its teaching skills to work, using artwork and colorful flip charts to encourage students to pitch in for their school and community, December 6, 2011.

  • 101st Soldiers oversee demining in Chad

    Dec 9, 2011

    After decades of conflict, vast stretches of land in Chad are contaminated by mines and unexploded ordnance, affecting millions of people in the country.

  • Malian Defense soldiers learn logistics with U.S. Army Special Forces

    Dec 8, 2011

    West Virginia Army National Guard Special Forces Soldiers taught members of the Malian Defense Forces how to effectively conduct drop zone selection, request aerial resupplies along with different methods of dropping supplies via air transport in order to maximize joint stability and security efforts.

  • Eco-dome will help build sense of community

    Dec 6, 2011

    Local villagers, Djiboutian service members and soldiers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, worked side by side on an eco-dome in Karatbi San, Djibouti, November 29 through December 2.

  • Malian Defense soldiers learn logistics with U.S. Army Special Forces

    Dec 5, 2011

    West Virginia Army National Guard Special Forces Soldiers from Charlie Company, 219th Special Forces Group, along with the 300th Military Intelligence Battalion, the 294th Quartermaster Company and the 5th Quartermaster Battalion from Germany taught the Malian Defense Forces (MDF) of the 33rd Parachute Infantry Regiment how to effectively conduct drop zone selection, request aerial resupplies along with different methods of dropping supplies via air transport in order to maximize joint stability and security efforts.

  • U.S. Army Africa logistics' Soldiers earn Quartermaster Corps honors

    Dec 1, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa Soldiers, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Joachim Consiglio and Staff Sgt. Keish Hallman recently received honors awarding them the Quartermaster's Corps Order of Saint Martin.

  • Kenyan soldiers train, prepare for civil affairs mission

    Nov 28, 2011

    Nineteen Kenyan Army engineers from multiple units finished a five-day civil affairs field training exercise at the Amani Peace Operations Training Village in Embakasi, Kenya, recently.

  • USARAF leads bilateral training for Botswanian soldiers

    Nov 22, 2011

    GABORONE, Botswana--Twenty-eight instructors from the U.S. and Botswana worked together to train 115 officers and Non-Commissioned Officers from the Botswana Defense Forces (BDF) during the second iteration of the Botswana Tactical Intelligence Course (BTIC-II), Oct. 5 - Nov. 18.

  • 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.

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