The Cameroon Defense Force hosted an opening ceremony to kick-off Central Accord 14 at the 102 Air Force Base, March 11.

Central Accord is a U.S. Army Africa-led annual joint-aerial delivery exercise bringing together U.S. Army personnel with counterparts from militaries throughout Africa to promote working relations between forces. Central Accord 14 is focusing on conducting familiarization in tactical and sustainment operations for a more secure Africa.

"Central Accord 14 is a key element in a broader series of military-to-military activities that demonstrate the U.S. Army's commitment to strengthening our relationships with our African partners in order to foster security cooperation," said Brig. Gen. Peter Corey, deputy commander of U.S. Army Africa. "U.S. Army Africa is dedicated to enhancing the skills required to enable readiness and support of peacekeeping and humanitarian support operations across Africa."

There are more than 450 U.S. troops participating in this year's exercise among the hundreds of foreign troops.

"Central Accord 2014 will involve more than 1,000 military and civilian participants from Cameroon, Burundi, Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, the Republic of Congo along with the Netherlands and the United States," said Corey.

The four-day academic training began March 11, to be followed by a foreign jump and five-day situational training exercise in Koutaba, Cameroon, continuing through March 21. The exercise comprises logistical and resupply skills as well as aeromedical evacuation abilities.

"Partnering with African Nations whether bilaterally or through regional organizations … is fundamental to our ability to address our mutual security interest and to mitigate existing and developing security risks," said Corey. "Ultimately our desired end-state will be a safe, stable and secure Africa. It is through teamwork, cooperation and trust among partner nations that we will be able to overcome security challenges now and in the future."

Central Accord 14 will allow for U.S. and partnering nations to work together to accomplish a common goal.

"This exercise will focus on developing regional command and control capabilities between all participating militaries," said Corey. "The purpose is to promote interoperability and to improve each nations ability to command, control and support forward-deployed forces."