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STAND-TO! Edition: Tuesday, August 7 2012

Today's Focus:

Southern Accord 12

Senior Leaders are Saying

The challenge is to continue building upon the instruction after leaders return to their operational units. The Asymmetric Warfare Group is exactly what we need to look at the future complexities of war.

- Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, briefs on TRADOC initiatives that impact both the current force and the Army of 2020 at U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquarters, Fort Eustis, Va., July 31.

Odierno discusses Master Fitness training, new doctrine during TRADOC visit

What They're Saying

We have thought of the adjacencies and integration of the different services from the beginning. We're not looking at one piece of the puzzle, we are looking at the whole system so the warrior is not out there alone and isolated. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, TBI, we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder here.

- Lt. Col. Jeffrey Yarvis, deputy commander for Behavioral Health at Belvoir Community Hospital, Va.

New substance abuse program seeks better outcomes for 'nation's heroes'

A Culture of Engagement


150 Years: The Battle of Gettysburg: The American Civil War

July 27- Aug. 12: London 2012 Olympics, visit U.S. Army Olympians site.


Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Aug 1: Army Day
Aug 26: Women's Equality Day Related site: Women in the Army

National Preparedness Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Suicide Prevention Month
Sept. 11: Patriots Day
Sept. 16 POW/MIA Recognition Day
Sept. 25: Gold Star Mothers Day

Today's Focus

Southern Accord 12

What is it?

Southern Accord is an annual combined, joint exercise that brings together U.S. Army personnel with counterparts from the Botswana Defence Force(BDF)to conduct Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations, Peace Keeping Operations(PKO), Aeromedical Evacuation and enhance military capabilities and interoperability. Southern Accord 12 will be held near Gaborone, The Republic of Botswana, from Aug. 1-17, 2012. USARAF will host the event on behalf of U.S. Africa Command.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army participates annually in Southern Accord to improve interoperability and capacity to conduct joint and multinational planning and operations. Southern Accord provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while also promoting relationship-building between militaries and local communities.

Headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, U.S. Army Africa is the Army service component to the U.S Africa Command, the U.S. regional command that oversees and coordinates U.S. military activities in Africa. Southern Accord 12 is the latest in a series of exercises involving U.S. military forces and partner militaries in Africa with the aim to establish and develop military interoperability, regional relationships, synchronization of effort and capacity-building.

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

Southern Accord is conducted annually to improve joint coalition interoperability and capabilities to respond to the most likely regional security and humanitarian situations. Future exercises will continue to build on progress made during previous exercises in terms of participating nations' ability to conduct joint/multinational operations and improve multinational interoperability and capacity. The exercise is rooted in partnerships and recognizes the need for multinational solutions to common challenges ranging from transnational violent extremism to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Why is this important to the Army?

Engagements like these build readiness of African soldiers, thus increasing effectiveness of operations. In turn, it ensures regional stability and security. The U.S. Army's participation in Southern Accord increases cooperation and collaboration with land force partners in Africa and enhances mutual understanding and demonstrates the U.S. Army's commitment to strengthening our relationships across the continent.


U.S. Army Africa

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