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  • Road to Africa begins in Italy for NY Army National Guard

    May 22, 2013

    To prepare for participation for Exercise Central Accord 14, 369th Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Reginald Sanders from New York Army National Guard traveled to Vicenza, Italy recently to share lessons learned from their participation in last year's Central Accord (CA13) in Cameroon. Sanders and four of his key leaders joined 11 officers from eight partner nations and organizations to share lessons learned from CA13 at a conference conducted by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)

  • 'Dagger University' prepares Soldiers for missions to Africa

    May 22, 2013

    Soldiers with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team "Dagger," 1st Infantry Division, have known about their regional alignment with the continent of Africa for a while now, but that doesn't mean the excitement of the unique mission-set has worn off, especially with some Soldiers having gone and come back after successfully completing their mission.

  • Humanitarian operations course focuses on inter-agency cooperation

    May 22, 2013

    Whether natural or man-made, disasters can happen anytime -- anywhere. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is an agency that deals with deadly disasters worldwide. With global logistics and transportation capabilities, the U.S. military often assists in USAID disaster relief operations. Angela Sherbenou, USAID senior humanitarian adviser at U.S. Army Africa Command, gave 29 U.S. Army Africa Soldiers and civilians the low-down on Joint Humanitarian Operations (JHOC), May 14-15.

  • USARAF Soldiers help integrate women in Botswana Defense Force

    May 8, 2013

    Recently, the U.S. Army dropped the ban on women in combat arms military occupation specialties, which was a huge step forward for women in the military. As the U.S. Army takes a bold move with dropping the ban, the Botswana Defense Force is making similar personnel changes by having a Woman's Integration working group to allow Botswanan females a chance to be enlisted soldiers within the BDF.

  • USARAF chaplains highlight combat stress, suicide prevention during seminar in Namibia

    May 8, 2013

    Stress from combat and constant operations has been a bane of soldiering since the advent of organized warfare. Recently, U.S. Army Africa's Chap. (Col.) Jonathan McGraw and Sgt 1st Class Ryan Cook presented a week-long seminar addressing the affects of combat and operational stress as well as suicide prevention.

  • Army doctors work to ensure self-sufficient, secure Africa

    May 8, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa, in partnership with Mauritanian Armed Forces, conducted a joint Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Nouakchott, Mauritania, March 25 - April 5, which focused on familiarizing Mauritanian Ministries of Defense and Health personnel with U.S. medical techniques and procedures used when performing suture-less cataract surgery. Working closely with host nation health officials, U.S. medical and logistical teams deployed to get valuable real-world training, increase interoperability with regional medical providers, and help local citizens needing treatment.

  • Science Advisor helps create new technologies

    May 8, 2013

    As worldwide technologies are constantly changing and updating, the U.S. Army does its part to keep up with these changes. What some may not know is the Army has a tool that gives commands access to these new technologies or helps them create something entirely new. Hassan Azzam, science and technology advisor for U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), has served as an Army civilian for the past 15 years with the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). Azzam's key role is to provide commanders immediate access to labs and centers in RDECOM; cover capabilities and material gaps; help different combatant commands demonstrate rapid solutions to improve performance, readiness, safety, training and cost savings; and serve as a communications link on technology issues between Soldiers and the materiel development community.

  • Mawali Defense Force soldiers complete final phase of pre-deployment instruction

    May 8, 2013

    -- As part of African Deployment Partnership Training known as ADAPT, three U.S. Army Soldiers traveled to Senga Bay, Malawi, to provide a final phase of Ground Training to Malawia Defense Force personnel. Capt. Brad Copas, of U.S. Army Africa's G-4 Logistics Directorate along with two soldiers from 299th Brigade Support Battalion, Fort Riley, Kan., provided a final course of instruction for 38 Malawian Defence Force personnel, recently, focused on giving students the capability to be instructors for a unit movement officer course.

  • Army doctors work to ensure self-sufficient, secure Africa

    May 8, 2013

    U.S. Army Africa, in partnership with Mauritanian Armed Forces, conducted a joint Medical Readiness Training Exercise in Nouakchott, Mauritania, March 25 - April 5, which focused on familiarizing Mauritanian Ministries of Defense and Health personnel with U.S. medical techniques and procedures used when performing suture-less cataract surgery. Working closely with host nation health officials, U.S. medical and logistical teams deployed to get valuable real-world training, increase interoperability with regional medical providers, and help local citizens needing treatment.

  • Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno visits Caserma Ederle

    May 8, 2013

    Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno paid a whirlwind visit to the Vicenza Military Community April 30 through May 1 where he called on a variety of units to include U.S. Army Africa. Odierno took time out of his hectic schedule to answer a few questions posed by U.S. Army Africa journalists Wednesday, May 1.

  • Odierno visits Troops in Vicenza, Italy

    May 7, 2013

    U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno honors Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade during an award ceremony in Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, May 1, 2013.

  • U.S. Army Africa command post Soldiers train with South African Forces

    Mar 7, 2013

    Soldiers of U.S. Army Africa Contingency Command Post hosted a familiarization visit, Feb. 26-28, 2013, with six South African National Defense Force soldiers in preparation for Shared Accord 13, a joint peace keeping and humanitarian exercise scheduled for July.

  • Utah Guard linguists contribute unique skills during African exercises

    Feb 25, 2013

    Staff Sgt. Ray Novak, with the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, Georgia Army National Guard, teaches in English, Parker listens, translates the message into French, and mimics the instructor's motions while varying his tone to maintain the audience's interest.

  • African, U.S. military forces join together to mark opening of Central Accord 13

    Feb 24, 2013

    Hundreds of Cameroon military personnel, alongside U.S. and other Central Africa service members, lined the 102 Air Force Base airfield in Douala, Cameroon, Feb. 20, 2013, as part of an opening ceremony for Central Accord 13.

  • Pathfinder's blaze the trail for Central Accord 2013

    Feb 24, 2013

    Central Accord is an annual U.S. Army Africa exercise that brings together Central African countries such as Cameroon and neighboring countries' militaries, to promote regional partnership while strengthening aerial resupply and medical readiness capabilities.

  • U.S., African partners ready for Central Accord 13

    Feb 19, 2013

    Months of long-distance planning and meetings evolved in recent weeks into an in-person partnership that will launch Central Accord 13. Activity peaked in Douala, Cameroon, during the past week as American and Cameroonian military partners completed final steps for welcoming about 750 U.S. and Cameroon service members, as well as neighboring country observers, for the Feb. 20 opening ceremony.

  • U.S. Army Africa sponsors deployment training for Malawi Defence Force

    Feb 15, 2013

    As part of African Deployment Partnership Training, four U.S. Army officers traveled to Salima, Malawi, to conduct convoy training with 32 Malawian Defence Force personnel, from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, 2013.

  • National Guard's State Partnership Program helps build relationships with African nations

    Feb 14, 2013

    A novel and flexible program managed by the National Guard is assisting U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Africa to create and maintain relationships with African partner nations. Known as the State Partnership Program, 54 states and territories are matched with countries around the globe to support U.S. national interests and security cooperation goals. National Guard organizations from eight states are matched with African partner nations. For example the North Dakota National Guard is partnered with Ghana Armed Forces and the California Guard is paired with Nigeria.

  • USARAF, Benin Soldiers share ideas to defeat infectious diseases

    Feb 1, 2013

    United States Army Africa facilitated Medical Readiness Training Exercise 13-1 with Soldiers from the Army Reserve Medical Command and Army Medical Command in Cotonou, Benin, Jan. 14-25.

  • Del Din goes for LEED Gold Certification

    Jan 31, 2013

    Achieving Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification doesn't seem to be good enough for the new Del Din base slated to be fully operational in June. The $308 million, design-build MILCON project awarded in March 2008 has a contractual requirement to achieve Silver LEED certification as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). However, because of the team's efforts and a firm commitment to aim higher, a Gold LEED rating now appears within reach without costing the Army another dime.

  • With National Spotlight on Internet Romance-Type Scams, Army CID Makes Additional Attempts to Warn U

    Jan 28, 2013

    In light of recent national news coverage, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID, is again pleading with internet users worldwide to not fall prey to the ongoing online "Romance Scams" that the Army has been combating since 2009. Army CID is hopeful that the recent coverage can potentially help warn victims of the cyber-crime that ends in both undue heartache and financial hardship.

  • USARAF Officer Leads a Bilateral Military Intelligence Training for Botswana Defense Force soldiers

    Nov 22, 2011

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

  • U.S. Army Africa hosts Theater Army Security Cooperation Conference

    Sep 16, 2011

    More than 150 U.S. military and civilian leaders from Africa, Europe and the United States met in Vicenza, Italy, Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 to participate in U.S. Army Africa's Theater Army Security Cooperation Conference. "We're going to roll up our sleeves and we're going to lay down programs that are looking forward into the future. That way, we can start nesting and getting the resources that support those programs," said USARAF Commander, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg.

  • USARAF Soldiers break new ground in Sierra Leone

    Sep 16, 2011

    As part of the ongoing Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) program, a State Department initiative, two U.S. Army Africa Soldiers are training members of the Sierra Leone Armed Forces to conduct peacekeeping operations in Darfur. Currently members of the Sierra Leone military are serving in Darfur as part of a joint UN-African Union force.

  • Natick engineer blends science, patriotism with U.S. Army Africa mission

    Aug 19, 2011

    U.S. Army Africa is working in cooperation with U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center on a solar shade system in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, that produces two kilowatts of power. Natick engineer Steve Tucker is the lead project manager and brings a unique skill set to the mission.

  • Power shade system uses solar energy to produce electricity in austere conditions

    Aug 17, 2011

    More than a year ago, a team of Kansas National Guard Soldiers set up a solar shade system here that produces two kilowatts of power. With relatively no maintenance, the system continues to silently and steadily produce eco-friendly electricity from the sun. Recently, Maj. Tim Franklin, the Uniformed Science Technology Advisor to U.S. Army Africa and Steve Tucker of the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center traveled to Djibouti to assess the power shade system and train Soldiers on its use.

  • Angolan land forces commander sits down with U.S. Army Africa command team

    Aug 16, 2011

    To mark the beginning of a growing relationship with Angola, Gen. Lucio Amaral, commander of the Angolan Land Forces, recently spent three days with U.S. Army Africa Commander Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg at Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy.

  • Top-notch Vicenza surgeon meets with USARAF command surgeon

    Aug 15, 2011

    The U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) Command Surgeon directorate was honored to have according to some as one of the most experienced surgeons in the world come visit Caserma Ederle, Aug. 10, to discuss an ongoing joint project between USARAF, Vicenza Hospital and Africa. Dr. Franco Favretti, chief of surgery at Vicenza Hospital, presented different possibilities for an ongoing project in Africa. His main ideas included providing infrastructure, developing institutionalized programs, promoting sustainable efforts that strengthen African health care capacity and preparing medical professionals on the continent by fostering and strengthening a network of continuing education and mentoring programs.

  • Future U.S., Tanzanian military officers find common ground

    Jul 29, 2011

    Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis visited the Tanzanian People's Defense Force (TPDF) Naval Command Training Center in Dar Es Salaam, for training recently. The students came at the invitation of the Tanzanian government to visit TPDF junior officers and exchange training philosophies, best practices on leadership styles and introduce the junior officers to one another to facilitate future working relationships.

  • U.S., Ghana partner to teach malaria prevention

    Jul 21, 2011

    A team of U.S. Soldiers from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, an Army Reserve unit from Connecticut, partnered with Ghana's National Disaster Management Organization during MEDFLAG 11 to implement a malaria outreach program and train disaster volunteers on basic first aid skills.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Raising the Bar

    Jun 2, 2011

    Sergeant Maj. of the Army visits Fort Lee Soldiers.

  • 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."

  • Back to Basics " Sergeants Major Style

    May 27, 2011

    Advancing into the future sometimes means looking to the past and getting “back to basics.” This was a common theme of the 2011 Sergeants Major Conference held during Sustainment Week 2011, May 9 - 12.

  • 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. service members with counterparts from the Ugandan People's Defense Forces (UPDF), and is designed to enhance the readiness of both countries' resupply and logistical capabilities.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Christmas dinner with the boss

    Dec 28, 2010

    U.S. Army Gen. William "Kip" Ward, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) commander, and Sgt. Maj. Mark Ripka, AFRICOM senior enlisted leader, meet with troops at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, participate in a promotion ceremony and serve Christmas dinner to soldiers, sailors and airmen serving in the Horn of Africa.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Explore an engineering marvel while hiking through WWI tunnels

    Nov 10, 2010

    WIESBADEN, Germany - It's been nearly a century since the War to End All Wars raged in Europe, but visitors can still marvel at one of its unique engineering achievements in the mountains north of the U.S. Army's Caserma Ederle in Vicenza, Italy. A,A High over the Pasubio Valley lies the Strada delle Gallerie, a narrow mountain trail that winds its way up Mount Pasubio passing through 52 tunnels along the way.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 173rd Airborne paratrooper to be awarded Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan

    Sep 16, 2010

    The White House announced Sept. 10 that Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, will be awarded the Medal of Honor. President Barack Obama called the Vicenza, Italy, based paratrooper to congratulate him personally on the exceptional award, to be bestowed in recognition of acts of gallantry beyond the call of duty. When enemy forces in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley ambushed then-Spc. Giunta's platoon on the evening of Oct. 25, 2007, the infantry team leader braved heavy enemy fire to rescue fellow paratroopers. The Hiawatha, Iowa-native is the first living service member to earn the award since Vietnam. The medal will be presented in a ceremony at a date and time still to be determined.

  • Combined Endeavor 2010 - creating diplomacy through technology

    Sep 15, 2010

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Collaboration between European nations and government organizations enhances diplomacy according to officials participating in Combined Endeavor 2010, U.S. European Command's largest military communications exercise, hosted in Grafenwoehr, Germany.

  • 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.

  • 2010 U.S. Army Championship Combatives Tournament registration ongoing

    Sep 10, 2010

    Registration is ongoing for the 2010 U.S. Army Championship Combatives Tournament. The tournament will take place at the Paul R. Smith Fitness Center Oct. 1-3, 2010, and is hosted by the Maneuver Center of Excellence and the U.S Army Combatives School.

  • New Commanding General takes charge of 7th Signal Command

    Sep 9, 2010

    Brig. Gen. LaWarren Patterson assumed command of 7th Signal Command (Theater) from Brig. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper during a ceremony at Fort Gordon's Barton Parade Field Pavilion Sept. 8.

  • Afghanistan OP defense leads to Army's second-highest decoration

    Sep 8, 2010

    Only 20 of more than 1.5 million troops who have deployed in the war on terrorism earned the Distinguished Service Cross. Now a Fort Benning-based Soldier can be added to the list.

  • 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.

  • Patterson Assumes Command of 7th Signal Command

    Sep 7, 2010

    Brigadier General LaWarren V. Patterson assumed command of 7th Signal Command (Theater), Sept. 8, 2010 during a ceremony at Fort. Gordon, Ga.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Maj. Gen. Hogg takes command of U.S. Army Africa

    Jun 10, 2010

    Gen. William E. Ward, commanding general of U.S. Africa Command presided over the ceremony, which signaled the departure of outgoing commander, Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III.

  • Ugandan soldiers practice civil affairs skills during full spectrum training

    Jun 8, 2010

    Soldiers of the Ugandan People's Defense Force practiced their ability to handle non-combat operations during two weeks of Civil-Military Operations training at Kasenyi Training Facility in Entebbe, Uganda, May 10-21.

  • Improving malaria diagnosis in Africa, one lab at a time

    Jun 4, 2010

    USAMRU-K's Malaria Diagnostics and Control Center of Excellence in Kisumu is a unique establishment begun in 2004 that's since trained more than 650 laboratory specialists to better their malaria microscopy skills.

  • U.S. Army Africa Soldiers apply lessons of WWII to current mission

    Jun 4, 2010

    Col. Stephen Mariano looked down into a foxhole carved atop a rocky hill near El Guettar, where in March 1943, troops from U.S. Army II Corps battled German panzers.

  • Soldiers honor World War II fallen during North Africa Memorial Day ceremony

    Jun 2, 2010

    As the lonely sound of "Taps" drifted over 2,833 bleached-white headstones Monday, dozens of U.S. Army Africa Soldiers raised their hands in salute at the North Africa America Cemetery.

  • All gave some, some gave all: U.S. Army Africa Soldiers honor World War II fallen during North Afric

    Jun 1, 2010

    U.S. soldiers participate in Memorial Day ceremony at North African Military Cemetery. GEN Ward and MG Garrett attended. Ceremony included wreath laying ceremony at site of WWII memorial to the Soldiers who were killed in action during the North African Campaign

  • Tennessee Guard supports Africa Lion 10 exercise

    May 27, 2010

    U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Rose, a heavy equipment operator with the Tennessee National Guard's 1175th Transportation Company, demystifies the gauges on a dashboard that seems to stretch on for miles. Rose, along with six other U.S. soldiers, recently conducted a Heavy Equipment Transport System familiarization course for a class of 22 Royal Moroccan Army motor transportation drivers and mechanics during Exercise AFRICAN LION '10.

  • Senegalese and Malian soldiers train with U.S. special forces in Mali

    May 17, 2010

    Malian and Senegalese soldiers worked with their counterparts from the Special Operations Task Force (SOF) - 103, taking part in classes on small unit tactics, movements, and convoy vehicle recover drills, May 11, 2010 in Bamako.

  • U.S. Army Africa hosts African defense attachAfAs

    Oct 14, 2009

    Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett, commander of U.S. Army Africa met this week with several African defense attachAfAs to discuss his command's partnership initiatives with African nations.

  • Soldier inspires teens in Uganda

    Oct 14, 2009

    When Staff Sgt. John Okumu joined the U.S. Army nearly five years ago, he never dreamed he would one day deploy to Africa, the continent he once called home.

  • First helicopter flights launch in support of Natural Fire 10

    Oct 14, 2009

    When U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Kellyjack Luman needed to inspect growing operations at this remote village in northern Uganda, he relied upon the CH-47 Chinook helicopters from the U.S. Army Reserve's 11th Aviation Command, a Fort Knox, Ky., -based unit supporting Natural Fire 10 this month in Uganda.

  • U.S. and African military officers prepare for exercise Natural Fire 10

    Oct 14, 2009

    Soldiers from several East African nations continue to flow into Entebbe, Uganda, in anticipation of the Oct. 16 kickoff of Natural Fire 10, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise.

  • AFRICOM commander visits 17th Air Force headquarters

    Aug 14, 2009

    Gen. William "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, made his first visit to the newly renovated headquarters of 17th Air Force, also known as U.S. Air Forces Africa, Aug. 11, 2009.