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  • 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.

  • Army Africa CSM Hu Rhodes meets South African land force leaders

    Apr 19, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa senior noncommissioned officer, Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes, and a delegation conducted an NCO Senior Leader Visit in the Republic of South Africa to meet with the country's Land Forces Senior Chief Warrant Officer Mothusi Victor Kgaladi and South African Army Staff recently. Soldiers gathered together to enhance senior NCO relationships between active and reserve Senior Chief Warrant Officers and included tours of the armor, airborne and artillery regiments.

  • USARAF HSC earns Supply Excellence Award for third consecutive year

    Apr 7, 2011

    - It's often said that hard work pays off. And that adage rings especially true for three years in a row as Soldiers of Headquarters Support Company (HSC), U. S. Army Africa (USARAF), took top honors in the U. S. Army Europe (USAREUR) Supply Excellence Awards. Capt. Craig Porte and Cpl. Ben Roalson represented their unit at the USAREUR Combined Logistics Excellence Awards (CLEA) ceremony at Patrick Henry Village Pavilion Tuesday.

  • 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion delivers cisterns for Dikhil, Djibouti

    Apr 1, 2011

    U.S. Army 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion and a multi-service mix of American military personnel based at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, oversaw the delivery of seven cisterns to the Dikhil Hospital on March 22. The cisterns, purchased by the 402nd CAB, will benefit roughly 88,000 people in the region who use the Dikhil Hospital and its outlying village clinics. The increased water storage capacity will help medical staff improve hygiene and reduce infections and maternal death rates.

  • Army Africa goes GFEBS

    Apr 1, 2011

    The system is set to change several areas of Army budgeting, purchasing, finance and fiscal management. GFEBS benefits extend beyond the financial arena, offering new and improved capabilities for Army-wide interoperability while increasing quality and effectiveness, reducing cycle time and variance to free human and financial resources for higher priorities.

  • U.S. Army Africa Soldiers return after supporting unit's first named operation

    Apr 1, 2011

    Following more than two weeks at sea supporting Operation Odyssey-Dawn, 22 of 26 U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Soldiers were greeted by several Family members and their commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, March 31 at USARAF Headquarters Building. In a short ceremony, Hogg thanked the assembled team for their work in support of the operation.

  • U.S. Army Africa supports combat operations for first time

    Mar 31, 2011

    For Army Lt. Col Leamond "Bo" Stuart, a 40-year-old Special Forces soldier from Atlanta, Ga., the order to deploy happened fast and the prospect of serving on a ship seemed like an interesting opportunity. "My wife was a little disappointed that I was going to be gone on yet another deployment," said Stuart. "We really didn't have much time to think about it."

  • Resolute Warriors set sail for Morocco

    Mar 28, 2011

    YORKTOWN, Va. - "We've got a 14-day, open water sail from San Juan (Puerto Rico) to Morocco," said Chief Warrant Officer Tom Hall, vessel master, Large Tug-805, 73rd Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

  • U.S. military shares NCO skills development with Kenyan Defense Force

    Mar 28, 2011

    Four Kenyan Defense Force sergeants major, representing their Army, Navy and Air Force branches, visited the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), March 14-16, 2011, to gain a better understanding of American noncommissioned officer leadership style. The visit came in the aftermath of remarks made at the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) change of command ceremony, held March 9 in Stuttgart, Germany, where incoming commander, U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, remarked on the importance of having a strong NCO corps.

  • USARAF JAG supports rule-of-law education in East Africa

    Mar 28, 2011

    Lt. Col. Stephen Salerno, Judge Advocate for U.S. Army Africa's (USARAF) Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) recently provided a week of stability-focused legal instruction in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRoC). The weeklong event, hosted by the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS), included classes on refugee rights under international law; internal armed conflict and the law; and counter-insurgency doctrine. DIILS is the lead Department of Defense security cooperation resource for professional legal education, training and rule-of-law programs.

  • New York Army National Guard Soldiers to compete in international shooting match

    Mar 25, 2011

    The New York Army National Guard Soldiers are determined to excel in a world-class marksmanship competition in South Africa in May. Eight Soldiers will take part in the South African National Defense Force 2011 Regional Combat Rifle Competition. The competition pits Soldiers from around the world and Africa in friendly competition.

  • U.S. military helps Kenyan Defense Force peers build NCO skills

    Mar 25, 2011

    Four Kenyan Defense Force sergeants major, representing their Army, Navy and Air Force branches, visited the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), March 14-16, 2011, to gain a better understanding of American noncommissioned officer leadership style. The visit came in the aftermath of remarks made at the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) change of command ceremony, held March 9 in Stuttgart, Germany, where incoming commander, U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, remarked on the importance of having a strong NCO corps.

  • USARAF JAG supports rule-of-law education in East Africa

    Mar 25, 2011

    Lt. Col. Stephen Salerno, Judge Advocate for U.S. Army Africa's (USARAF) Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) recently provided a week of stability-focused legal instruction in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRoC). The weeklong event, hosted by the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies (DIILS), included classes on refugee rights under international law; internal armed conflict and the law; and counter-insurgency doctrine. DIILS is the lead Department of Defense security cooperation resource for professional legal education, training and rule-of-law programs.

  • Senegalese officers exchange information with CALL

    Mar 24, 2011

    When members of the Senegal army serve in peacekeeping operations in other African nations, they're known as a force for good, said a former U.S. Army attachAfA to that country. On March 12-18, Senegalese officers visited with Fort Leavenworth's Center for Army Lessons Learned to further their professional abilities. Senegal wants to stand up a similar organization in its country. Also, U.S. CALL employees got the chance to ask Senegalese about their experience in peacekeeping operations in Africa.

  • Gates cites efforts to avoid civilian casualties in Libya

    Mar 23, 2011

    Coalition forces enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya to halt the slaughter of citizens by Moammar Gadhafi "have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

  • President says US part of broad coalition in Libya

    Mar 22, 2011

    U.S. military actions in Libya are being conducted as part of a broad multinational coalition and in direct support of a United Nations mandate designed to set conditions for other coalition partners to play larger roles enforcing the no-fly zone there, President Barack Obama said today.

  • AFRICOM commander discusses Operation Odyssey Dawn

    Mar 21, 2011

    Forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi are retreating from the opposition stronghold of Benghazi following coalition attacks to protect Libyan civilians over the weekend, said Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors Trans-Sahel Region Conference in Vicenza, Italy

    Mar 21, 2011

    More than 120 U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Soldiers and civilians participated in a Trans-Sahel Region Conference March 14-16 in Vicenza, Italy. The USARAF-sponsored conference featured nearly a dozen presenters, including two former U.S. ambassadors and several renowned academics from across the United States.

  • Culinary exchange builds rapport in Arta, Djibouti

    Mar 21, 2011

    Beginning March 12, students from the Arta Culinary School began a four-weekend round of hosting American Civil Affairs volunteers Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti, for a cultural exchange that focused on culinary arts and the pleasure of shared meals. The dishes prepared are intended to be affordable and made from scratch. Most importantly, all the ingredients are easily available at local supermarkets so students can share their knowledge with their community.

  • Training for Personnel Recovery Task Force mission in Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti

    Mar 21, 2011

    A group of Air Force pararescuemen and a Army Site Security Team (SST) from the Kansas Army National Guard, 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, conducted a rescue mission in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Feb. 26, 2011. Complete with actors representing local nationals, the exercise afforded the teams a realistic training experience similar to what they might encounter at any time in the African operating area.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains support Burundi peacekeepers

    Mar 21, 2011

    Two U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) chaplains traveled to Burundi Feb. 13-16 to conduct a capability and capacity assessment of combat and operational stress experienced by Burundian peacekeepers recently returned from deployment to Mogadishu, Somalia.

  • Owens joins Army Africa team as deputy commander

    Mar 21, 2011

    Brig. Gen. James D. Owens Jr. has been selected and assigned to U.S. Army Africa as a Deputy Commanding General. With this assignment, approved by Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey in February, Owens replaces Maj. Gen. David S. Elmo, who has been re-assigned to U.S. Army Europe. Owens joins Brig. Gen. Isaac Osborne, who has been a member of the U.S. Army Africa leadership team since January 2010, as one of two USARAF deputy commanders. Both Owens and Osborne serve as deputies to Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa.

  • Pandemic response exercise participants wrestle with potential chaos, disaster

    Mar 11, 2011

    In Tanzania, citizens wake up to the sun and sound of birds as they always do. They also go to work and worry about the normal concerns of living. Today will be the same for them - but very soon it will be different, many lives will change. This is the scenario that participants of the Tanzania Pandemic Disaster Response Exercise been presented with. After two days of plenary talks, facilitated lectures and lessons-learned discussions, they are now applying what they have learned.

  • U.S. Soldiers mentor Djiboutian Army rapid reaction forces

    Mar 10, 2011

    Under an overcast sky, nearly 200 members of the Djiboutian Army's elite 1st Rapid Action Regiment honed their infantry skills, mentored by members of the U.S. Army National Guard's 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment. The training included instruction on squad movements, convoy operations, contact drills, camp security and marksmanship, and was part of a one-month course which began Jan. 16 and culminated with a graduation Feb. 10. The instruction included mortar crew training and a combat engineering course, according to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nelson Perkins, mission commander and member of Charlie Company.

  • US Africa Command welcomes new commander

    Mar 9, 2011

    U.S. Army General Carter F. Ham assumed command of U.S. Africa Command from General William E. Ward during a ceremony March 9, 2011, at the Stadthalle in Sindelfingen, Germany, on the outskirts of Stuttgart.

  • Kenya and U.S. military partner to build crucial civil-military operations capability

    Mar 7, 2011

    Members of the Kenyan Ministry of Defense and Kenyan Army Engineers Civil Affairs Teams (KCA), 12th Headquarters Engineers Brigade, partnered with U.S. military units assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa recently to conduct civil-military operations (CMO) operations in Manda Bay, Kenya. This crucial engagement allowed Kenyan soldiers to build a practical application of their civil affairs knowledge and share best practices and lessons-learned with their U.S. counterparts.

  • Exercise Kwanza review in Kinshasa focuses on African Standby Force

    Mar 7, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa continues to contribute support to the African Union (AU), including strengthening the mission capabilities and interoperability of the African Standby Force (ASF) and its sub-regional elements.

  • Retreat means relationship refresher for Army Africa couples, families

    Mar 7, 2011

    Enjoying an afternoon of snow and sun, laughing children and smiling adults scatter along the sledding slop, whizzing down the hill or watching others go by in Garmisch, Germany. On a recent weekend 22 U.S. Army Africa couples and their 42 children went to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort for a Strong Bonds marriage retreat. "This weekend put our lives on pause so we could breathe each other in again," said Amiia Coffey, whose husband recently returned from deployment. "It let us step away from our crazy lives to focus on each other and how different we are."

  • Italy-based field support battalion packages humanitarian aid for Tunisia

    Mar 4, 2011

    In the latest episode of a long-term partnership between the 3rd Battalion, 405th Army Field Support Brigade and the U.S. Agency for International Development, workers at Leghorn Army Depot, Italy, prepared tons of humanitarian aid for delivery to Tunisia.

  • U.S. Army Africa Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes assumes responsibility in Vicenza ceremony

    Mar 4, 2011

    Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes joined U.S. Army Africa as its senior noncommissioned officer in an assumption of responsibility ceremony Feb. 17 at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. "Thank you all for attending today," said U.S. Army Africa Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg. "This is an important ceremony for this command."

  • Kenyan Army Commander deepens partnership with U.S. Army Africa visit

    Mar 4, 2011

    Commander of the Kenyan Army, Lt. Gen. Njuki Mwaniki, met with U.S. Army Africa leaders and toured the command's headquarters in Vicenza, Italy, Feb. 23-25. In addition to meeting with U.S. Army Africa Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, Mwaniki delivered a presentation on border security issues affecting Kenya and toured some of the installation's skills training facilities and Battle Command Training Center.

  • Commander: AFRICOM helping build partnerships

    Feb 23, 2011

    Nearly four years since its inception, the United States African Command is a focal point for African nations who want to partner with and engage militarily with the United States.

  • U.S. Army Africa chef garners kudos at Culinary World CupPlease Add a Title!

    Feb 23, 2011

    Sgt. Ken D. Turman II of U.S. Army Africa became a U.S. Army Culinary Arts Team (USACAT), the only military team to compete in the 2010 the Culinary World Cup. "The Culinary World Cup was an amazing experience for me," said Turman. "One that did not become 'real' until we climbed up on that stage and met with chefs from all over the world."

  • USARAF CG teaches 'Mother of History' to Vicenza Middle School seventh graders

    Feb 23, 2011

    Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, treated 21 World Geography students from Vicenza Middle School to an in-depth geography lesson Tuesday. Hogg brought a unique insight into Africa's culture and shared several souvenirs from his own collection to include various masks, money, jewelry, and a voodoo bottle. Hogg said it was a great opportunity to interact with the middle school and talk about Africa.

  • U.S. Army Africa Command Surgeon details need for Army Reserve medical professionals

    Feb 23, 2011

    Col. Alfonso Alarcon, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Command Surgeon, attended the Army Reserve Medical Command's (AR-MEDCOM) Commanders Training Workshop (CTW) Feb. 11 in Tampa, Fla., on behalf of USARAF Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg. He addressed 340 senior leaders from the AR-MEDCOM during the opening day of the three-day conference to describe USARAF's missions and to stress how their medical talents are producing positive results throughout his command's area of operations.

  • Bamako planning conference paves way for Africa Endeavor 2011

    Feb 14, 2011

    U.S. Africa Command concluded the main planning conference for Africa Endeavor 2011 in Bamako, Mali, Jan. 27, after four days of deliberation and exercise planning sessions. Africa Endeavor is an annual, multinational communications exercise that focuses on interoperability and information sharing among participating nations. "The goal of Africa Endeavor is to improve the communications, command, control and information capabilities of African militaries so as to strengthen African stand-by forces," said Maj. Gen. Gabriel Poudiougou, Chief of Staff of the Malian armed forces at the opening ceremony.

  • Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg attends second annual Marrakech Security Forum

    Feb 14, 2011

    Dozens of scholars, politicians and soldiers gathered in Marrakech, Morocco, Jan. 20-22 for the second annual convocation of the Marrakech Security Forum. U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, attended the event, which was hosted by the African Federation for Strategic Studies (FAES) with support from the Moroccan Center for Strategic Studies (CMES).

  • Supporting military medical capacity in Nouakchott, Mauritania

    Feb 14, 2011

    Three Soldiers from 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), based in Atlanta, Ga., conducted military medical exchanges with approximately 25 soldiers of the Mauritanian Medical Services in Nouakchott, Mauritania, Jan. 10-20. Two weeklong sessions focused on medical evacuation techniques, and field sanitation and preventive medicine, said Lt. Col. Tim Doherty. The Mauritanian participants included physicians, nurses, planners and medics, he said.

  • Joint Civil Affairs Team helps rebuild grade school in Chomoni, Comoros

    Feb 14, 2011

    children of Chomoni, Comoros, once had a broken building of a school with holes in the walls, corroded interiors and desks with jagged edges. That is, until the Joint Civil Affairs Team (JCAT) 101 from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa undertook a project to rebuild the Chomoni Primary School for Children with the help of the townspeople. "We have been expecting help from many people for a long time, but the Americans came and fulfilled that promise," said Farid Ali, headmaster of the school. "I want to thank the civil affairs team for working here, and the U.S. government for allowing the kids to have a proper education."

  • Seminar enhances Rwanda Defense Force flight medic skills set

    Feb 14, 2011

    Two Soldiers from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team took on a traveling contact team mission to Kigali, Rwanda, recently to facilitate a flight medic operations seminar for Rwanda Defense Force (RDF) battalion medical officers. The Soldiers and their Rwandan hosts studied and exchanged ideas on medical evacuation procedures in support of the Rwandans' pre-deployment preparations for the United Nations - African Mission in Darfur (UNAMID).

  • Civil affairs troops deploy, prep for Africa mission

    Feb 9, 2011

    FORT BUCHANAN, Puerto Rico -- Soldiers of D Company, 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion said goodbye to their loved during a farewell ceremony at Fort Buchanan Jan. 21.

  • Army War College African Symposium sheds light on complex issues, challenges

    Feb 9, 2011

    The Army War College dedicated two days to bring together government, civilian and military experts to talk over the issues, challenges and potential success stories for the African continent during a regional symposium Feb. 1-2.

  • Second annual AFRICOM C4ISR Senior Leaders Conference concludes in Vicenza, Italy

    Feb 7, 2011

    U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) hosted its second annual C4ISR Senior Leaders Conference Feb. 2-4 at Caserma Ederle, headquarters of U.S. Army Africa, in Vicenza, Italy. The communications and intelligence community event, hosted by Brig. Gen. Robert Ferrell, AFRICOM C4 director, drew approximately 80 senior leaders from diverse U.S. military and government branches and agencies, as well as representatives of African nations and the African Union.

  • West Point cadet immersed in volunteer work during holiday break

    Feb 4, 2011

    West Point Cadet Dan Thueneman (Class of 2011) was looking for an opportunity not only to experience something that most would never know, but also to volunteer his time to others who were in need. Thueneman traveled to the rural community of Mukono district of Uganda for 11 days to volunteer with the non-governmental organization called A Broader View.

  • Battalion commander escaped dictator in Uganda to pursue dreams in America

    Feb 2, 2011

    FORT BENNING, GA. - As a young boy growing up in Uganda, Joseph D'costa became inspired by America's role in World War II and told his teacher he wanted to go to the U.S. Military Academy someday. "She laughed at me for my dream of going to West Point, telling me it would be impossible because I wasn't an American and Uganda had no ties to the U.S.," he recalled. "I still remember that to this day."

  • U.S. Army Africa Warrant Officer receives Samuel Sharpe Award

    Jan 26, 2011

    Chief Warrant Officer 4 Marilynn Bradley, senior maintenance technician for U.S. Army Africa G-4 (Logistics), received the Samuel Sharpe Award from the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps Association at a ceremony in Longare, Italy, Jan. 21. Bradley was nominated for her exemplary work as chief of material readiness and for her work on U.S. Army Africa mortuary affairs policy. She will leave U.S. Army Africa in near future for an assignment at Fort Eustis, Va.

  • Civil Affairs in Djibouti: My spirit of hope and living alliance

    Jan 21, 2011

    Rural school headmasters in Dikhil, Djibouti, about 120 kilometers west of the capital, participated in a two-day basic first-aid training class Jan. 8-9. Maj. Cynthia McPherson describes the mission from a personal point of view.

  • USARAF commander builds relationships in West Africa

    Jan 21, 2011

    Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, traveled to Ghana, Togo and Benin Jan. 10-14, to visit with key military leaders and land force commanders.

  • US Army Africa logistics assessment paves way for Burundian Defense Forces ADAPT

    Jan 12, 2011

    Two United Stated Army Africa personnel from the Directorate of Logistics conducted a deployment capability assessment with uniformed and civilian members of the Burundian Defense Forces in Bujumbura, the capital, Dec. 14-17, 2010.

  • U.S. Army Africa Commander, Gen. David R. Hogg, tours Ghana, Togo and Benin

    Jan 12, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa Commander, Gen. David R. Hogg, began a three-nation tour of West African countries Jan. 10, in which he will meet with military and civilian leaders to discuss issues of mutual interest and a variety of partnering opportunities with his hosts. The trip takes Hogg to Ghana, Togo and Benin. He will return to U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Vicenza, Italy, Jan. 14.

  • Africa strategy encourages democracy, development

    Jan 10, 2011

    The United States is pursuing a strategy that aims to foster stability and good, cooperative relationships with nations on the African continent, said Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy.

  • U.S. Army Africa commander makes first visit to Algeria

    Dec 28, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa's commanding general met with Algerian military and government leaders in Algiers, Algeria, Dec. 5-7. Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg discussed bilateral relations and regional issues, toured the Algerian Central Military Museum and met with reporters for a free-ranging press conference before returning to USARAF headquarters in Vicenza, Italy.

  • US Army Africa attends World AIDS Day event in Namibia

    Dec 14, 2010

    Two U.S. Army Africa chaplains recently traveled more than 4,000 miles to participate in the Ministry of Defence/Namibia Defence Force World AIDS Day ceremony in Windhoek, Namibia.

  • South African Defence Reserves delegation visits New York National Guard

    Dec 7, 2010

    Maj. Gen. Roy Andersen, Chief of South African National Defence Force Reserves, wanted to exxhange ideas with another really professional organization, so he brought his staff to visit the New York National Guard.

  • Vicenza teen organizes book drive for African children

    Dec 2, 2010

    A 13-year-old family member at U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza decided to organize a book drive to collect and send books to children in Africa.

  • Moroccan medical officers tour Fort Detrick, observe CBRNE emergency response methods

    Dec 1, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa's Command Surgeon office conducted a familiarization visit for two Moroccan military medical officers to Fort Detrick, Md., and several nearby sites Nov. 14-19.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers participate in South African military skills competition

    Nov 29, 2010

    Five New York Army National Guard soldiers traveled to Potschefstroom Military Base, South Africa to participate in the South African National Military Skills Competition, November 8-13, 2010.

  • Task force prepares for Horn of Africa mission

    Nov 23, 2010

    Leaders preparing to deploy to Djibouti in January as the next headquarters staff at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa just wrapped up the first phase of a new, four-part training program designed to prepare them as well as the follow-on task force for the unique, strategically important mission.

  • Africa Endeavor planning conference ends in Mauritius

    Nov 21, 2010

    After a full week of briefings and discussions, the first planning conference for communications exercise Africa Endeavor 2011 came to a close on November 11, 2010 in Port Louis, Mauritius.

  • Ghanaian, AFRICOM senior NCOs build relationship

    Nov 21, 2010

    A delegation of senior leaders from Ghana's defense service components visited U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) headquarters as part of a senior leadership engagement that offered an in-depth look at the command's mission and activities, October 10, 2010.

  • Rwandan medical officers visit Landstuhl Regional Medical Center

    Nov 21, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) conducted a familiarization visit for two Rwandan military medical soldiers at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl, Germany, November 1-4, 2010.

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