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  • U.S. Army Africa Soldier sails aboard USS Nashville

    Feb 13, 2009

    A U.S. Army Africa officer is underway with the USS Nashville as part of a training, goodwill and outreach mission to five West African nations.

  • Citizen Soldiers support U.S. Army Africa

    Feb 13, 2009

    Top officers from both the U.S Army Reserve and the Army National Guard visited the headquarters of U.S. Army Africa to discuss the role of citizen Soldiers in future missions to Africa.

  • Senior U.S. Defense Official Visits U.S. Army Africa

    Feb 6, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Army officers laying the groundwork for future missions in Africa met with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs Theresa Whelan during her Jan. 30 visit to the headquarters of U.S. Army Africa.

  • Kenyan leadership visits West Point

    Feb 5, 2009

    A visit to West Point by Kenyan military officers to look at how the U.S. Military Academy develops leaders.

  • Africa Command holds security assistance planning conference

    Feb 4, 2009

    U.S. Africa Command is planning the Department of Defense's military security assistance programs in Africa for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 during its annual capstone planning event in Garmisch, Germany, Feb. 2-6, 2009.

  • Army expands role in promoting stability, security in Africa

    Jan 29, 2009

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Southern European Task Force officially has assumed its new role as the Army component for U.S. Africa Command, and has launched an effort to build and strengthen relationships with African army organizations and national and international partners.

  • Commander of U.S. Africa Command makes first official visit to Madagascar

    Jan 23, 2009

  • U.S Africa Command addresses Africa Union communications challenges

    Jan 23, 2009

    More than 103 individuals representing 25 African Nations and the United States attended a week-long planning conference Jan. 13 - 16, 2009, in Dakar, Senegal. The conference was aimed at improving the interoperability and communications connectivity between and within the many countries in Africa.

  • Distinguished Service Medal

    Jan 17, 2009

    General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command (left), presents the Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Herbert L. Altshuler, U.S. Africa Command's director of Strategy, Plans, and Programs (right), at Altshuler's retirement ceremony, December 30, 2008, at the command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Altshuler was honored for his 40 years of service to the U.S. Army and for his visionary and innovative leadership in establishing the strategic foundations for U.S. Africa Command. The Distinguished Service Medal is the highest non-valorous military and civilian decoration of the U.S. military, which is issued for exceptionally meritorious performance of duty to the U.S. government.

  • Scaling and labeling procedures

    Jan 17, 2009

    KIGALI, Rwanda - Army 1st Lieutenant Charles Jones, HQ Support Company, SETAF, explains scaling and labeling procedures to soldiers from the Rwanda Defense Forces January 13, 2009. Jones is in Rwanda to conduct pre-deployment training as part of the Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team (ADAPT) program. ADAPT is designed to help African militaries deploy and support forces that are participating in United Nations or Africa Union peacekeeping operations. Rwanda currently has more than 3,200 troops deployed to Sudan as part of UN and AU peacekeeping missions.

  • Rebuilding Schools in Kenya

    Jan 17, 2009

    RIFT VALLEY, Kenya - Capt. Paul Deis, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, meets with his team members and Kenyan military counterparts, January, 2009, during a civil affairs mission to rebuild destroyed schools in the Rift Valley of Kenya following post-election violence last year. More than 1,000 people in the region were killed and 90 schools were destroyed as a result of the violence.

  • U.S. Africa Command general hails USAID-military links

    Jan 17, 2009

    In the following question and answer piece featured in the December-January 2009 edition of USAID's monthly publication "Frontlines," General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, answers questions on U.S. Africa Command's military-to-military programs and its role in supporting and cooperating with USAID in achieving its development objectives.

  • Cameroon introduces first peacekeeping battalion

    Jan 17, 2009

    Cameroon's first 800-member peacekeeping battalion and new Peacekeeping Training Instructor Group were honored at a ceremony in Ngaoundere on December 12, 2008.

  • U.S. team providing deployment assistance for Rwandan Defense Force peacekeepers

    Jan 16, 2009

    Rwanda Defense Force personnel preparing to move peacekeeping equipment to the Darfur region of Sudan began training January 7, 2009, with a two-person U.S. Army team as part of the African Deployment Assistance Partnership Team (ADAPT) program.

  • Books delivered to Rwandan military academy

    Jan 16, 2009

    The U.S. military delivered books to the Rwandan Military Academy library, January 8, 2009, to help meet its need for English-printed books and military manuals.

  • AFRICOM health conference focuses on cooperation to achieve goals

    Jan 16, 2009

    Working together toward the same endAca,!"strengthening the health care capacity and crisis response capabilities of African nations to ultimately empower Africans to improve their health and securityAca,!"was the theme of a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Military Health System that introduced the new U.S. Africa Command surgeon to an array of partners from the military, Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the African Union.

  • U.S. Africa Command Health Conference Focuses on Cooperation to Achieve Goals

    Jan 16, 2009

    Working together toward the same end--strengthening the health care capacity and crisis response capabilities of African nations to ultimately empower Africans to improve their health and security--was the theme of a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Military Health System that introduced the new U.S. Africa Command surgeon to an array of partners from the military, Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the African Union.

  • Task Force Prepares for Horn of Africa Mission

    Jan 15, 2009

    SUFFOLK, Va. - Leaders preparing to deploy to Djibouti next month are getting a sense of the challenges they will face as the next headquarters staff at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa during a realistic training exercise at U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Warfighting Center.

  • U.S. Africa Command Website Hosts Interactive Map of Africa

    Jan 13, 2009

    Serving as a public source of Africa-related information, the U.S. Africa Command website, updated daily, hosts the latest news and updates on command activities and initiatives.

  • Ugandan Army exercise

    Jan 13, 2009

    Spc. Brian Seney with the 1st Battalion, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), deployed from Ft. Myer, Va., instructs members of the Uganda PeopleAfaEURcs Defence Force on the S.A.L.U.T.E. method of reporting prior to a squad competition at Forward Operating Location Kasenyi, Uganda, April 1, 2008. The UPDF soldiers are training with members of the The Old Guard during a 16- week course designed to enhance basic infantry skills among the force. The Army soldiers are part of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. One key part of the CJTF-HOA mission is to help Africans solve AfricaAfaEURcs challenges. The squad competition gave UPDF soldiers an opportunity to showcase the skills they have learned in the 16-week course.

  • AFRICOM kicks off first exercise

    Jan 13, 2009

    BAMAKO, Mali - Lt. Col. Jay Conners, commander of the forward deployed element of the Joint Special Operations Task Force (Trans-Sahara), greets Senegalese soldiers who recently arrived in Bamako, Mali to participate in FLINTLOCK on Nov. 3, 2008. The three-day exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is designed to build relationships and capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa and is the first exercise for USAFRICOM since its creation on Oct. 1, 2008.

  • SETAF assumes new mission as Army AFRICOM component

    Jan 13, 2009

    CASERMA EDERLE, Vicenza, Italy Aca,!" During the Southern European Task Force Transformation Ceremony today, SETAF cased its old colors, ending the airborne chapter of its history, and uncased its new colors, signifying assumption of a new mission Aca,!" serving as the Army component in support of U.S. Africa Command.

  • Surgeon General visits SETAF, WTU Soldiers

    Jan 13, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - The Army Surgeon General met with the leadership of Southern European Task Force (SETAF) and visited Soldiers from the Warrior Transition Unit during a Dec. 17 visit to Caserma Ederle.

  • Army holiday donations help Vicenza'a African immigrants

    Jan 13, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy -- Sgt. Sergio Carrillo drove his big blue van loaded with food through the narrow gates of Caritas, a Catholic charity that helps VicenzaAca,!a,,cs neediest people.

  • Lion Focus: Training for Africa

    Jan 13, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy Aca,!" Soldiers from SETAF-U.S Army Africa spent the first weeks of 2009 preparing for upcoming missions to Africa.

  • JFCOM begins "Unified Endeavor' with SETAF's 'Lion Focus'

    Jan 13, 2009

    U.S. Joint Forces Command started a mission rehearsal exercise at the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va., Jan. 10, to prepare a joint task force headquarters to assume responsibility for operations in the Horn of Africa.

  • Southern European Task Force transforms to U.S. Army Africa

    Dec 9, 2008

    VICENZA, Italy -- During the Southern European Task Force Transformation Ceremony Dec. 9, SETAF cased its old colors and uncased its new colors, signifying acceptance of a new mission Aca,!" serving as the Army component in support of U.S. Africa Command.

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