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  • 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.

  • Ham testifies at AFRICOM confirmation hearing

    Nov 21, 2010

    President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next commander of U.S. Africa Command outlined his objectives, November 18, during a confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers place fifth at South African Military Stakes event

    Nov 16, 2010

    The weather was hot; the weapons were different; and there was little time to practice. But five New York Army National Guard Soldiers had the time of their life and placed fifth out of 22 teams during the South African Reserve Force Council Military Skills Competition 2010 at Potchefstroom Military Base Nov. 8-13.

  • Djiboutian Red Crescent Society volunteers learn to build superadobe structures

    Nov 10, 2010

    The Djiboutian Red Crescent Society (DRCS) held a two-day Superadobe Training Seminar in partnership with a team from the U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, Charlie Company, October 28, 2010.

  • Army Africa, SDDC partner with Uganda military to assess railway reconstruction

    Oct 27, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa and SDDC Transportation Engineering Agency logisticians supported a Uganda People's Defense Force team to determine the current operational status of the Ugandan railway system and its rolling stock, assess the capability of UPDF personnel to rehabilitate the network, and identify potential sites for training and repair operations. A five-year reconstruction of the nation's railway system is in the planning stages.

  • Veterinary Civic Action Programs and Community Health Care Workers Programs in Uganda prove successf

    Oct 27, 2010

    Over the past several months, members of the Moroto District Veterinary Office (DVO), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Makerere University, Uganda's Peoples Defence Force - Civil Military Coordination Center (UPDF-CMCC), the U.S. Army's 418th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team (FxSP) and Delta Company, as well as various other non-governmental organizations (NGO's) worked together to conduct Veterinary Civic Action Programs in conjunction with valuable training of veterinary students in the region to address livestock health in the Karamoja area.

  • Return to Shinile: Nursing students and U.S. Army Functional Specialty Team distribute medications

    Oct 27, 2010

    Nursing students of the Arts Medical College of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia with assistance from the U.S. Army 418th Civil Function Specialty Team (Fx SP), Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), distributed medications to more than 900 children in seven remote villages during the second phase of a Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) to improve health conditions in the Shinile Zone (Woreda).

  • Ward: National Guard, Reserve making vital contribution in Africa

    Oct 26, 2010

    The National Guard and Army Reserve are making a vital contribution in Africa, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said Oct. 25.

  • New York National Guard Soldiers train for South African competition

    Oct 18, 2010

    GUILDERLAND, NY - Five New York Army National Guard Soldiers tapped to represent the United States at a military skills competition in South Africa next month honed their skills Friday, Oct. 15 at the state's Guilderland Weekend Training Site here.

  • Chief of Staff visits U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza

    Oct 15, 2010

    The Chief of Staff of the Army met with family members, toured new and renovated facilities, and was briefed by U.S. Army Africa leadership during a visit to U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza.

  • Army Africa supports legal education missions in Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo

    Oct 15, 2010

    Judge Advocates Lt. Col. Stephen Salerno and Lt. Col. Timothy Tuckey of U.S. Army Africa's Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) recently returned from two weeks in Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively, where they conducted legal education courses for a program hosted by the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies.

  • Army Africa takes delivery of Deployable Automated Cargo Measurement System

    Oct 13, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa's G-4 Mobility Division added a sophisticated piece of equipment to its inventory recently that will augment the command's ability to deploy and re-deploy a wide range of vehicles and cargo in short order. The arrival at Vicenza of the Deployable Automated Cargo Measurement System (DACMS) drew more than a dozen logistics professionals from Army Africa and the U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza Directorate of Logistics to a briefing, demonstration and hands-on training at Caserma Ederle, Italy.

  • Army Africa specialists inspect munitions in Horn of Africa

    Oct 13, 2010

    Three U.S. Army Africa Soldiers deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 11-19 to support U.S. Army EuropeAca,!a,,cs G-4 branch in conducting Quality Assurance Inventory and Serviceability Inspections of munitions under the control of Combined Joint Task Force Aca,!" Horn of Africa.

  • Army Africa medical personnel attend revamped Tropical Medicine Course

    Oct 13, 2010

    To combat the affects of tropical diseases, and to ensure the health and safety of all Soldiers operating in the U.S. Africa Command operational area, the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, in coordination with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, has resurrected the teaching of its formerly defunct Tropical Medicine Course (TMC) and revamped it for the 21st century. The TMC was first taught in 1941 and discontinued in 1991, after 50 years. It was resurrected in 2010 in response to the operational needs of AFRICOM and the Special Operations Command.

  • Reservists participate in Africa's largest air expo

    Sep 30, 2010

    More than 150 aircrew and personnel from the U.S Air Force and Army took part in the Africa Aerospace & Defence (AAD) 2010 exhibition held at Air Force Base Ysterplaat, Cape Town, South Africa last week to build on an ongoing partnership between the U.S. military and South Africa National Defense Forces.

  • Ugandan soldiers first to earn air load planner certification

    Sep 29, 2010

    A U.S. Army Africa organized Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team (ADAPT) recently trained, and for the first time ever, certified 25 soldiers of the Uganda People's Defense Force as C-130 aircraft load planners in Entebbe, Uganda.

  • Helping from the ground up: CJTF-HOA donates shoes

    Sep 27, 2010

    Men and women of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier came together with a surprise of new shoes for the children of the National Center for the Protection of Juvenile Boys September 16, 2010. The idea for the drop came from the camp's Community Assistance Volunteers (CAV).

  • Senegal president praises Guard partnerships

    Sep 22, 2010

    The National Guard State Partnership Program is increasing understanding between African countries and the United States, the president of Senegal said in Burlington, Vt., Sept. 19.

  • Civil Affairs Soldiers distribute school supplies in Djibouti

    Sep 22, 2010

    The stairwell in Community Development Center in downtown Djibouti City was packed tight Sept. 13 as more than 180 children rushed out of the building, each carrying a bundle of school supplies, a T-shirt and a smile passed on by the U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Battalion. The distribution of the welcome supplies resulted from a close collaboration between U.S. Army Maj. Michael Guiles, 418th CABN, and director of School District 5, Mariam Youssouf.

  • MEDFLAG 10 concludes with first responders exercise

    Sep 21, 2010

    MEDFLAG 10 brought together U.S. military medical specialists and their colleagues from the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) from Sept. 6-18, 2010, in Kinshasa for professional training, exchange and partnership building, and for service to the Congolese people.

  • MEDFLAG 10: Providing dental treatment to Kinshasa residents

    Sep 20, 2010

    KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo Aca,!" Taking a vacation or going home for the holidays brings to mind a picture of having fun and spending time with family.

  • African Aerospace Defence Exposition 2010

    Sep 20, 2010

    Soldiers with Detachment 1, Alpha Co, 1-224 Aviation Security and Support Battalion, New York Army National Guard unload an OH-58 Kiowa Sept.17 at Air Force Base Ysterplaat Cape Town, South Africa from a U.S. Air Force C-5 Galaxy. The support battalion will be participating in the African Aerospace Defence Exposition 2010. (Courtesy photo by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Aaron Teichner, OH-58 aviator with 1-224 S&S)

  • MEDFLAG 10 delivers humanitarian assistance to 2,000 in Kinshasa

    Sep 20, 2010

    Crowds gathered, some with pre-registered tickets in hand, others with just a hope of being seen by a healthcare professional in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sept. 9. "I saw a crowd of people and asked what was going on," said Ousmane Kalotho Mutuala, a Kinshasa resident. "When they told me it was for medical care, I immediately went and got my friend who can barely see because his eyes are so bad and came back to try and get in." Congolese and American military medical personnel saw approximately 2,000 patients during four days of outreach as part of MEDFLAG 10, a joint exercise that took place Sept. 6-18.

  • MEDFLAG 10: Sharing medical techniques in Congo

    Sep 13, 2010

    Approximately 40 U.S. service members shared medical techniques and procedures with their Congolese counterparts Sept. 10 at the Command and Staff College in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of MEDFLAG 10.

  • MEDFLAG 10 medical training exercise under way in Kinshasa

    Sep 8, 2010

    U.S. Armed Forces and their Armed Forces of Democratic Republic of Congo (FARDC) counterparts have begun a 12-day, joint medical exercise at the Command and Staff College in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster response training. MEDFLAG 10 will continue through Sept. 18.

  • MEDFLAG 10 gets under way in Congo

    Sep 5, 2010

    MEDFLAG runs through Sept. 18 and brings together U.S. military personnel with counterparts from Africa to facilitate an exchange of medical information and techniques.

  • Promoting sustainable building in Africa

    Sep 3, 2010

    Civil Affairs soldiers and a mix of American servicemembers began building an Eco-Dome prototype Aug. 24, 2010, as a model for possible future construction endeavors in Djibouti and the Horn of Africa.

  • 'Resolute' Warriors donate relief supplies to hospice in Africa

    Sep 2, 2010

    FORT EUSTIS, VA. (Sep. 1, 2010) - Soldiers give a great deal of themselves every single day. High operational tempo, deployments overseas, and a rigorous training schedule demand much of a Soldier's time and energy. In spite of these demands Soldiers still want to do more, more for their country and for the world.

  • Supply excellence winners clean house

    Sep 2, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa's G-4 Supply team, final round competitors for the Army's Supply Excellence Award, clean house in promoting property accountability.

  • U.S. Army Africa senior NCOs engage Tanzania People Defense Force leaders

    Aug 28, 2010

    Senior U.S. Army Africa NCOs recently conducted an on-the-ground training observation and exchange of ideas with their counterparts in the United Republic of Tanzania.

  • AFRICOM assists African Union Peace Ops Center in first-ever communications test

    Aug 28, 2010

    For the first time ever, a direct communications link was established between the African Union and units in the field as part of the annual Africa Endeavor 2010 exercise, in which 36 African nations met in Ghana in August to improve military coordination during an emergency.

  • Africa Endeavor 2010 comes to close in Accra

    Aug 28, 2010

    Africa Endeavor 2010 came to a close Aug. 20 with a ceremony held at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College parade grounds.

  • Army Africa hosts Theater Army Security Cooperation conference

    Aug 28, 2010

    U.S. Army Africa opened a weeklong Theater Army Security Cooperation Conference Aug. 23 in Vicenza, Italy.

  • Army Africa officers present Military Decision Making Process seminar in Botswana

    Aug 24, 2010

    Two U.S. Army Africa officers conducted a Military Decision Making Process seminar for Botswana Defense Force leaders Aug. 2-6 in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana.

  • West Point cadet joins Army Research Team in Tanzania

    Aug 18, 2010

    West Point Class of 2011 Cadet Kayla Khan recently completed an advanced individual academic development trip to Tanzania where she served as an integral part of a team from the Army Research Office sent to evaluate the potential of land mine detecting rats from the Belgian non-governmental organization, APOPO.

  • Secretary of the Army tours U.S. AFRICOM and EUCOM

    Aug 6, 2010

    Photo essay of Secretary of the Army John McHugh's recent visit to U.S. AFRICOM and EUCOM

  • Army secretary tours Caserma Ederle, meets Soldiers and family

    Aug 5, 2010

    Visits with family members of deployed Soldiers and tours of new Army facilities were top priorities for the Secretary of the Army during his recent stop at Caserma Ederle. The Honorable John McHugh spent two days at the post, headquarters for U.S. Army Africa, the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and the 14th Transportation Battalion.

  • Military and civilian personnel take part in African Union Peace Support Operations Training

    Aug 2, 2010

    The week of July 12, 2010, African Union Commission's Peace and Support Operations Division (PSOD) Operational Division (PSOD) participated in a familiarization program that provided strategic level, operational level, and functional training.

  • U.S. and Mozambican officials announce Shared Accord 2010

    Aug 2, 2010

    Spokespersons from the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, along with Mozambique military officials, jointly announced plans for Exercise SHARED ACCORD during a press briefing at the Mozambique Ministry of Defense here, July 23, 2010.

  • Engineering interns meet with Gen. Ward

    Aug 2, 2010

    Engineering interns from three U.S. universities took a day off of their daily tasks to meet with General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, July 26, 2010.

  • Congolese delegation gets AFRICOM facts firsthand

    Aug 1, 2010

    A delegation of senior media representatives from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) visited U.S. Africa Command headquarters July 26-30, 2010, as part of the command's Public Information Partnership (PIP) initiative.

  • U.S. Army maintenance experts mentor in Liberia

    Jul 30, 2010

    When army mechanics from the Armed Forces of Liberia turn wrenches in the motor pool at Edward Binyah Kesselly barracks, they can rely upon lessons learned from U.S. Army Africa maintenance experts.

  • West Point cadets contribute to Army Africa database evolution

    Jul 30, 2010

    As U.S. Army Africa coordinates partnership events with land forces of countries within Africa, they've also partnered with a team of West Point cadets who researched ways to streamline the command's planning process.

  • AFRICOM lauds Joint Enabling Capabilities Command support

    Jul 28, 2010

    U.S. Africa Command's Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ) members participated in a Joint Enabling Capabilities Planners Course (JECPC) June 14-30, 2010, at the Warrior Preparation Center on Einsiedlerhof Air Station, Kaiserslautern Germany, to support command operational planning training requirements.

  • Army Secretary McHugh rallies with U.S. Africa Command

    Jul 28, 2010

    Secretary of the Army John McHugh arrived at Kelley Barracks July 27, 2010, to spend the afternoon with General William E. Ward and U.S. Africa Command staff.

  • AFRICOM commander sees progress in Africa

    Jul 22, 2010

    The commander of U.S. Africa Command Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies July 20 that AFRICOM has moved into an operational stage.

  • General outlines U.S. mission, challenges in Africa

    Jul 21, 2010

    As U.S. Africa Command matures and strengthens ties with African nations, American interests on the continent become more stable, the command's top officer said today.

  • First USARAF Reserve Sourcing Conference a success

    Jul 18, 2010

    "We cannot do our mission without you and your troops supporting the command," Maj. Gen. David Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) told visiting Army Reserve representatives who attended the first USARAF - United States Army Reserve(USAR) Sourcing Conference at Caserma Ederle.

  • Peace-keeping 'docs' create a complete medical picture in Egypt

    Jul 16, 2010

    In the midst of such diversity lies a common goal of good health with one technology as the information sharer-Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4). While the U.S. military globally deploys systems to capture electronic medical records (EMRs), including 200 Army medical treatment facilities throughout Southwest Asia (SWA), the MFO mission provides a sample of how a diverse group of military providers can utilize one technology to solve a problem--incomplete medical information.

  • Cadets learn leadership, strong values key to reconciliation process in Rwanda

    Jul 16, 2010

    In June, six cadets from the departments of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, Law and Social Sciences spent 12 days in Rwanda studying the causes of genocide and actions in the aftermath, as part of an Advanced Individual Academic Development trip titled, "Exploring the Psychological Implications of Conflict and Reconciliation," led by Lt. Col. Diane Ryan, a BS&L assistant professor.

  • CJTF-HOA rifle team prepares for Kenya rifle competition

    Jul 14, 2010

    Members of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Rifle Team are setting their sights on excellence as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Kenya Armed Forces Rifle Championship (AFRC).

  • West Pointer lends guidance in international border patrol issues

    Jul 12, 2010

    To curb the proliferation of violence and smuggling amongst unstable nations, the U.S. Army has lent support and guidance to countries wanting to strengthen their borders. One of its own emissaries, Lt. Col. Steven Oluic, the assistant dean for strategy and policy at West Point, visited leadership in Algeria and Mauritania to discuss those matters.

  • Kansas Soldiers assume force protection mission at Camp Lemonnier

    Jun 30, 2010

    The 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, Kansas National Guard conducted a Relief in Place and Transfer of Authority with the 1st Battalion 65th Infantry Regiment, Puerto Rico National Guard June 24, 2010 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The 2/137 CAB assumed the lead in force protection and watch standing duties at the camp.

  • Central African Multinational Force completes Exercise Kwanza 2010

    Jun 24, 2010

    As Angolan women and children waited in a military hospital triage area during exercise Kwanza 2010, a U.S. Army Africa officer took note.

  • U.S. Army Africa chaplains mentor Namibian counterparts on HIV/AIDS counseling

    Jun 23, 2010

    When it comes to talking with military members and their families about facing terminal illness, the U.S. Army often relies upon the skills and training of its chaplains and enlisted chaplain's assistants.

  • Working with Kenya to prepare medical response to disasters

    Jun 23, 2010

    Should disaster strike in East Africa, a growing partnership between U.S. Army Africa and Kenya's military designed to improve medical preparedness could help avert crisis.

  • 235th U.S. Army birthday celebration in Vincenza

    Jun 14, 2010

    VINCENZA, Italy - Soldiers from the Vicenza military community join Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Hartless in cutting a birthday cake at Caserma Ederle's South of the Alps Dining Facility to commemorate the U.S. Army's 235th birthday.

  • Army Birthday comes early for Soldiers in Djibouti

    Jun 11, 2010

    The Army's birthday came a little early this year for Soldiers serving with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. In fact, the Soldiers assigned to the task force - U.S. Army Reserve civil affairs and U.S. Army National Guard infantrymen from Puerto Rico- took the first two weeks of June to celebrate the Army's birthday.