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  • West African military logistics put to the test

    Jun 29, 2009

    When a Senegalese military unit convoyed nearly 3,000 kilometers from coastal West Africa to a multi-national exercise in June to Burkina Faso, a senior U.S. Army Africa logistics expert took note.

  • Africa Command focuses on extremists, drug traffickers

    Jun 29, 2009

    The top U.S. military officer with responsibility for Africa concedes he's worried about the threat of violent extremists taking hold there, particularly in Somalia, and said U.S. Africa Command is working to help regional governments prevent it.

  • U.S. Army medical unit in Kenya stands ready

    Jun 22, 2009

    Should a pandemic flu, such as H1N1 influenza, make its way into East Africa, a Kenya-based U.S. Army medical research team is in place to assist local officials in detecting diseases.

  • Ugandan soldiers graduate from counter-terrorism course

    Jun 21, 2009

    Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, completed their sixth military-to-military training partnership in Uganda with the graduation of 134 Uganda People's Defense Force soldiers during a ceremony at Kasenyi training school on June 16, 2009.

  • Gen. Ward honored at 100 Black Men of America's national conference

    Jun 16, 2009

    The 100 Black Men of America organization honored Gen. William "Kip" Ward with a lifetime leadership award and an honorary membership at its 23rd Annual Conference this week in New York City, June 13, 2009.

  • AMC commander gets first-hand glimpse of support provided to U.S. Army Africa

    Jun 9, 2009

    PISA, Italy -- Senior Army logistics leaders toured Camp Darby, June 8, to see first hand how units there contribute to the ArmyAca,!a,,cs mission, to include supporting U.S. Army Africa.

  • Eustis AIT student becomes naturalized U.S. citizen

    May 20, 2009

    Eustis AIT student becomes naturalized U.S. citizen

  • North Dakota Guard says partnership critical to Ghana

    May 13, 2009

    It is critical that the leaders of Ghana recognize the importance of the National Guard's State Partnership Program and that it continues in the west African country, a senior Guard official told reporters.

  • Liberian supply sergeant benefits from U.S. Army interaction

    May 8, 2009

    The best way for Staff Sgt. Raymond Mulbah to serve his country is to build a strong supply and logistics section for the Armed Forces of Liberia. Over the past few months, Mulbah has been doing just that, with help from a U.S. Army Africa senior noncommissioned officer, Sgt. 1st Class Ringo Wilson. Mulbah was surprised to find Wilson, a gentile giant from American Samoa, filling the supply office door jamb this past January. Wilson had just arrived at Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks from U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Vicenza, Italy.

  • U.S. Army Africa honors military spouses

    May 8, 2009

    This week the Vicenza military community will join the Department of Defense in honoring military spouses.

  • Gen. William "Kip" Ward visits international police training in Vicenza

    May 8, 2009

    During his visit to U.S. Army Africa, Gen. William "Kip" Ward stopped by CoESPU, where the CoESPU director, Brig. Gen. Umberto Rocca, briefed Ward on the center's mission - improving police officers' abilities to operate in peacekeeping mission to include operations in Africa.

  • U.S. Africa Command Visits Soldiers in Vicenza

    May 8, 2009

    VICENZA, Italy - Gen. William "Kip" Ward, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, said he knows that should an emergency arise on the African continent, Soldiers from U.S. Army Africa are ready to support a joint task force with command oversight. During a two-day visit to U.S. Army Africa headquarters in northern Italy, Ward met senior leaders and Soldiers at Caserma Ederle and visited the Italian-led Center of Excellence for Stability Police Units.

  • Back to basics in the South African bush

    May 8, 2009

    When evading capture in the South African bush, grassy juice from an impala's stomach quenches thirst. Noisy hippos mean water is nearby, as does sighting an African fish eagle.

  • British and Americans partner to build capacity in Rwanda

    May 8, 2009

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Africa continue to build noncommissioned officer capacity in Rwanda through a partnership effort with British counterparts. During a recent visit to Rwanda, senior U.S. Army Africa NCOs met with British and Rwandan officers to prepare for an upcoming assignment to mentor Rwandan NCOs on leadership.

  • Mentoring through military medicine

    May 8, 2009

    Pvt. Umaru Konneh slides a typhoid tainted blood sample under a microscope as U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Mike Tatu leans in for a closer look. Konneh, an Armed Forces of Liberia lab technician working alongside Tatu at Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks, sampled the specimen from an AFL soldier waiting outside the medical clinic for treatment.

  • U.S. Army Africa NCO mentors and motivates

    May 8, 2009

    Midday sun beats down upon a long line of Liberian infantry waiting for a ladle-full of palm stew over rice. The soldiers from the Armed Forces of Liberia's Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Brigade, shuffled along the hot, dusty ground, exhausted and soaked in sweat from morning maneuvers.

  • Mentoring in Liberia leads to respect for female NCOs

    May 8, 2009

    When Sgt. 1st Class Shawnte Reynolds first walked down the dusty lanes at Edward Binyah Kesselly barracks, Liberian soldiers offered only stares and double-takes. Amid a four-month tour mentoring the Armed Forces of Liberia, Reynolds, 39, of Flint, Mich., has returned to soldiering basics, with hopes of having male AFL troops understand her role as senior noncommissioned officer - and more importantly, have them respect women serving among their own ranks.

  • Ward visits Phoenix Express 2009 exercise with Europeans, North Africans

    May 4, 2009

    U.S. Africa Command's General William Ward visited Exercise Phoenix Express 09 on May 1, 2009, as maritime and land forces from 14 European and North Africa countries participated in a multinational exercise in the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Ward in Congo: U.S. military will continue supporting security assistance activities

    Apr 29, 2009

    The United States military will continue working with the Congolese armed forces in training, advising and capacity building to support security assistance cooperation activities, but has no plans to put combat troops here, said the commander of U.S. Africa Command during a visit April 24, 2009.

  • Army chief visits Horn of Africa

    Apr 27, 2009

    Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said he was "staggered" at the number of missions on the Horn of Africa as he visited Camp Lemonier for the first time, April 23.

  • Army's Chief of Staff visits Camp Lemonier

    Apr 27, 2009

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen George W. Casey, Jr. visited with the servicemembers of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonier for the first time, April 23.

  • Ward in Rwanda: Africa Command committed to partnership with Rwanda

    Apr 26, 2009

    General William E. "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, reaffirmed the command's commitment to partnering with the Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) to help promote stability and security in the region.

  • Logistics sergeant major talks shop with Liberian troops

    Apr 24, 2009

    Sgt. Maj. Bryan Witzel, a logistics sergeant major for U.S. Army Africa, journeyed to Liberia in mid-April to conduct an assessment of the U.S. Army's role in the Liberian Security Sector Reform program, a U.S. State Department-led effort to rebuild the Armed Forces of Liberia. He also took time to speak with AFL soldiers about the importance of supply and logistics.

  • From Baltimore to the Army, a tale of marriage

    Apr 23, 2009

    Once upon a time, when a Soldier in the Army wanted to get married there was a good chance he would hear someone say, "If the Army had wanted you to have a wife, it would have issued you one." While the Army certainly didn't issue spouses, its outlook on married soldiers has changed dramatically. Just ask Warrant Officer Steven Kambouris and his wife, Staff Sgt. Adrienne Kambouris-who he met while in the Army.

  • Land Forces Symposium

    Apr 23, 2009

    MOMBASA, Kenya (April 23,2009) - Pictured from left to right: Hon. Stephene Kalonzo Musyoka,., M.P., Vice President of Kenya, speaks with Lt. Gen. James Lovelace, U.S. Army Central commanding general, at the closing ceremony for the 2009 Land Forces Symposium, in Mombasa, Kenya, April 23. Delegates from more than 20 countries gathered for the symposium to discuss topics of mutual interest.

  • Ward leads Africa Command delegation to Rwanda

    Apr 22, 2009

    A U.S. Africa Command delegation led by Gen. William E. Ward met with Rwandan defense leaders and watched displays of Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) capabilities during a two-day visit April 20-21, 2009.

  • U.S. Army chief of staff meets with Kenya army commander

    Apr 22, 2009

    MOMBASA, Kenya - Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., U.S. Army chief of staff, and Lt. Gen. Jackson K. Tuwei, Kenya army commander, meet during the Land Forces Symposium, in Mombasa, Kenya, April 22, 2009. During the three-day symposium, delegates from U.S. Army Central's area of responsibility met to discuss land forces' challenges in a full spectrum environment.

  • Land Forces commanders meet

    Apr 22, 2009

    Gen. William E. Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, chief of staff of the Burundi Army, and Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga, army chief of staff for Rwanda Defence Forces, meet during a lunch for land forces commanders in the Horn of Africa at the 2009 Land Forces Symposium, April 22. The 2009 Land Forces Symposium was co-hosted by the Kenya Army and U.S. Army Central.

  • President of Kenya arrives at the 2009 Land Forces Symposium

    Apr 21, 2009

    MOMBASA, Kenya (April 20, 2009) - Maj. Gen. Godefroid Niyombare, chief of staff of the Burundi army, salutes Kenya President Mwai Kibaki, as he arrives at the opening ceremony of the 2009 Land forces Symposium in Mombasa, Kenya, April 20.

  • Press conference with USARCENT and Kenyan army

    Apr 21, 2009

    U.S Army Central commander, Lt. Gen. James J. Lovelace and Kenya Army commander, Lt. Gen. Jackson K. Tuwei take questions during a press conference that was held prior to the start of Land Forces Symposium 2009.

  • U.S. Army Central, Kenya Army Soldiers conduct public affairs information exchange

    Apr 20, 2009

    U.S. Army Central Public Affairs took part in an information exchange with the Kenyan Army in Mombasa, Kenya, April 14-16.

  • USARCENT, Kenyan Army refine skills during MEDEVAC

    Apr 20, 2009

    In a medical emergency, time can be an enemy. The longer it takes to transport a patient to the hospital, the higher the probability they may not survive. U.S. Army Central and Kenyan Army Soldiers' skills were put to this test during a medical evacuation exercise, April 17, in Mombasa, Kenya.

  • British and American Soldiers partner to build capacity in Rwanda

    Apr 11, 2009

    Soldiers from U.S. Army Africa continue to build noncommissioned officer capacity in Rwanda through a partnership effort with British counterparts.

  • Guard officer hopes to make a difference in Africa

    Apr 10, 2009

    For U.S. Africa Command's new deputy director of operations and logistics, the words "I can't do it" won't cut it.

  • South African warrant officers hold week-long meetings with U.S. military counterparts

    Mar 30, 2009

  • Ward Sends: U.S. Africa Command celebrates Women's History Month

    Mar 30, 2009

    On the occasion of Women's History Month, we at Africa Command are proud to honor the contributions of women around the world.

  • Remote Kenyan high school supplied with water

    Mar 30, 2009

    The Garissa Boys' High School in Kenya has a new water system, thanks to the efforts of the Kenyan government, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, military engineers, and a civil affairs team from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).

  • Camp Lemonier takes part in Safety Day activities

    Mar 30, 2009

    Servicemembers forward deployed at Camp Lemonier gathered for the Camp's quarterly Safety Day, March 27, 2009.

  • U.S Africa Command members discuss role of women during history month

    Mar 27, 2009

    U.S. Africa Command celebrated Women's History Month with a panel discussion of the role women play in the command as well as the contributions and accomplishments of women in American society.

  • AFRICOM commander describes conditions for U.S. involvement

    Mar 22, 2009

    Africa Command will intervene in conflicts on the continent only after warring countries have shown a political will to reconcile, the Africom commander told a congressional panel March 18, 2009.

  • Troops provide medicine to remote villagers in Djibouti

    Mar 19, 2009

    Servicemembers traveled throughout remote regions of Djibouti March 7-14 to provide medical and public health aid to more than 2,000 villagers.

  • Ugandan students, faculty celebrate construction of new school facilities

    Mar 13, 2009

    Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) service members, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) representative, and local government officials attended a dedication ceremony at St. Theresa Secondary School in Lira, Uganda.

  • AFRICOM Commander: Army's diversity example for partner nations

    Mar 4, 2009

    Gen. William "Kip" Ward became the first commander of U.S. Africa Command -- one of six unified geographic commands within the Department of Defense -- on Oct. 1, 2007. He was promoted as the fifth and currently the only serving African-American four-star general on May 26, 2006.

  • U.S. builds ties in east Africa

    Mar 2, 2009

    The commander and deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) attended the graduation ceremony of 32 military officers, from nine East African countries, who successfully completed the Peace Operations Staff Course conducted by CJTF-HOA.

  • Education key component to Year of the NCO

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Year of the NCO is a time to enhance the education, fitness, leadership and pride in service of our NCOs through programs that sustain and grow our NCO Corps.

  • U.S. Army Africa pays tribute to Year of the NCO

    Mar 2, 2009

    The Southern European Task Force Europe-U.S. Army Africa and the Vicenza Military Community launched the Year of the NCO with an Induction Ceremony Feb. 17 at the post theater.

  • Tennessee general visits 'Volunteer' well drillers

    Feb 23, 2009

    DIKHIL, Djibouti - Soldiers of the Tennessee National Guard's 775th Engineering Detachment welcomed a friendly face to the Horn of Africa when their commander, Brig. Gen. Robert A. Harris, visited to see the living and working conditions of his troops on Feb. 20.

  • 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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