Ugandan and U.S. plan for Africa Readiness Training 2017
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Jesse Pena, the deputy team chief for the 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command (forward), briefs plans to support the African Readiness Training 2017 exercise during the initial planning event in Jinja, Uganda, Feb. 14, 2017. Africa Readiness ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ugandan and U.S. plan for Africa Readiness Training 2017
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Maj. Scott Peirsol, USARAF G7 Trex and Ugandan Lt. Col. Michael Katambira discuss training during the Africa Readiness Training 2017 initial planning event in Jinja, Uganda, Feb. 16, 2017. Africa Readiness Training 2017 is a bilateral exercise b... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ugandan and U.S. plan for Africa Readiness Training 2017
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Ugandan Maj. Rwervre Amanya and Capt. Douglas Crutchley, a USARAF G6 planner, discuss the communications plan during the Africa Readiness Training 2017 initial planning event in Jinja, Uganda, Feb. 16, 2017. Africa Readiness Training 2017 is a bilate... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Ugandan and U.S. plan for Africa Readiness Training 2017
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Nick Little, the assistant S3 for 1-327 Infantry Battalion, briefs the operational plan to exercise planners during the African Readiness Training 2017 initial planning event in Jinja, Uganda, Feb. 14, 2017. Africa Readiness Training 2017 is a ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. and Ugandan soldiers pause for a photo in Singo, Uganda, during the initial planning event for the African Readiness Training 2017 exercise Feb. 15, 2017. Africa Readiness Training 2017 is a bilateral exercise between Ugandan and U.S. forces sch... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

JINJA, Uganda - Exercise planners from U.S. Army Africa, 13th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, 1-327 Infantry Battalion and the Uganda Peoples Defence Force met Feb. 13-17 to conduct the initial planning event for Africa Readiness Training 2017 (ART 17), taking place this summer in Uganda.

The ART 17 exercise is designed to increase the readiness, capacity and interoperability of U.S. and Ugandan forces while validating mission command capability over aligned forces in an expeditionary capacity.

"It's nice to see the synergy between the Uganda and U.S. forces," said Maj. Ben Tumlinson, the U.S. Army Africa lead planner for the exercise. "After months of planning, to finally be able to work together for the first time as a team was exciting. You can definitely see the beginnings of a strong team being built."

Training during ART 17 is scheduled to consist of infantry squad, platoon and company situational training exercises and will culminate with an end of exercise live-fire exercise with mortars.

ART 17, scheduled for July 17 to August 4, will mark the third iteration of the exercise. Previous exercises took place in Spain in 2015 and in Senegal in 2016.

ART and the Accord exercise series are part of U.S. Army Africa's "African Horizons" which focuses on a long-term commitment to build strong partnerships on the African continent. Other efforts that build upon this are security cooperation events, such as train and equip missions and military-to-military exchanges, which occur continuously throughout the year between U.S. Army Africa and partner nations.