What you do is basically fulfill their American dream, by your willingness to go in, to sacrifice, put your lives on the line & if necessary, to die on behalf of your country.
- Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, while talking to the 101st Airborne Division Soldiers, commends all Soldiers for helping to fulfill the American dream, during his visit to Fort Campbell, Ky., March 2, 2012
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It's not us teaching them -- we are learning from each other, because they are bringing something to the table too ... A good relationship is critical. I believe a good bond enhances training.
- Capt. Jamie E. Jackson, task force liaison officer and member of the Mississippi Army National Guard, speaks about the U.S. Africa-hosted joint military medical exercise, Medical Accord Central 12, designed to enhance readiness capabilities of U.S. and Gabonese forces, in Libreville, Gabon, March 5-16, 2012.
Medical Accord Central 12 helps in 'building partnerships'
Medical Accord Central 12
What is it?
Medical Accord Central 12 brings together U.S. Army personnel and counterparts from militaries in Central African countries in a medical exercise designed to enhance the medical capacities of military units that support deployable African response forces while strengthening relationships between participating forces. U.S. Army Africa will host the event, which is slated for March 5 through 16 in Libreville, Gabon, on behalf of U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM).
What has the Army done?
U.S. Army Africa, National Guard, and Reserve Forces have conducted planning, site surveys, and a Rehearsal of Concept during the past year in preparation for Medical Accord Central 12. The exercise will incorporate academics, lecture, situational training, and a culminating event. Training is primarily focused on medical support to disaster response. At the request of the Gabon Deputy Minister of Defense (Health Services), training will also include a lecture on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and enhanced conventional weapons (CBRNE). The U.S. has a long history of engagement in Africa, and has partnered over the past few decades with African militaries through events to build medical capacity-building events, support training and enhance a number of other key skills.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
U.S. Army Africa is committed to strengthening our relationships with the Gabonese Defense Force. We will continue to enhance the relationships created during the exercise and build upon the existing partnerships. The FY13 Medical Accord Central exercise will be hosted by Angola and further build the relationships established with Gabon and observer nations at this year's exercise.
Why is this important to the Army?
The benefit of exercises like this one is the mutual, shared respect and understanding that results when professional militaries work side-by-side. U.S. and African trained medical units will improve their ability to conduct medical operations in support of humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR) operations, which will ultimately contribute to a long-term vision of increased stability and security on the continent. This exercise is just one facet of a greater, long-term partnership between Central African countries. Medical Accord Central is an important part of how U.S. Army Africa continues to build relationships and improve African Partner nation capacity in support of U.S. Africa Command in concert with U.S. government interagency partners to secure mutual security interests on the continent.
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