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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, February 7 2012

Today's Focus:

Atlas Accord 12

Senior Leaders are Saying

African American women have played a vital role in the history of our nation and our Army since the American Revolution. Their patriotism, loyalty and leadership coupled with their hard work, intellect and artistic expression, have enriched the African American community and the nation as a whole.

- Senior leader message

View the complete: Senior Leader Tri-Signed Letter- African American/Black History Month, 2012- 'Black Women in American History and Culture'

See related STAND-TO!: African American/Black History Month: Black Women in American History and Culture

What They're Saying

Sometimes we forget just how tough life really is. Sometimes we think that life is roses. I am here to tell you in a rosebush, there are a lot of thorns ... I love the military. No matter what it is, whatever it is that you are going through, there is help out there.

- NFL Legend Herschel Walker, who was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, more commonly known as multiple personality disorder, urging the wounded warriors at the Warrior Transition Battalion that there is no shame in seeking help.

NFL legend looks to help Army tackle behavioral health stigma

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Black History Month: African Americans in the U.S. Army
Patient Recognition Month

Feb. 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb. 3: National Patient Recognition Day

Feb. 20: Presidents Day

Today's Focus

Atlas Accord 12

What is it?

Atlas Accord ཈ is a combined, aerial-delivery exercise that unites U.S. Army military personnel with counterparts from the Mali Defence Force to promote working relations between participating forces.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Africa has worked with the Mali Defence Force (MDF) and other partner nations to develop theater-specific drop zone expertise, rigging knowledge, improved air crew operations, forward aerial refueling capabilities and staff planning proficiency focused on logistics-themed aerial delivery. Planners developed familiarization events with 294th Quartermaster Company (Airborne) in Texas, Charlie Company, 219th Special Forces Group in West Virginia and with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany where U.S. Army Soldiers and Mali Defence Force soldiers trained together on rigging, low-cost aerial delivery techniques and associated platoon-level infantry techniques in preparation for effective collaboration during Atlas Accord.

In partnership with the Mali Defence Force and the U.S. Army, militaries from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia, and Uganda have committed to sending small teams to participate in Atlas Accord ཈. Together, the military partners will work to enhance the readiness of logistical and resupply capabilities, while improving the capacity to respond to humanitarian assistance situations. The exercise will consist of classroom instruction and a Field Training Exercise. Atlas Accord ཈ will increase the capability of the MDF to resupply forces in remote areas and will strengthen interoperability between the U.S., MDF and the other participating militaries.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army plans to continue aerial-delivery training with African partner nations during Atlas Accord ཉ. Future training will build upon previous exercises and incorporate Command, Control, Communications, computers and Intelligence techniques, also known as C4I.

Why is this important to the Army?

The ability of the Army and partner nation militaries to deliver humanitarian aid and/or support operations in austere environments is essential to mission effectiveness in Africa. The distances are often vast with modest infrastructure in many operating areas. Enhancing resupply efforts to remote areas in a timely manner increases the readiness of participating forces for any contingency that may arise.


U.S. Army Africa
Army.Mil: U.S. Army Africa news
Related STAND-TO!: Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams Program

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