FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, February 28, 2019) -- U.S. Army Special Operations Command forces, to include Special Forces, Psychological Operations, and Civil Affairs Soldiers, are participating in Operation Flintlock 19 in North and West Africa.

Flintlock is the largest annual exercise hosted by U.S. Africa Command and includes participation from 34 African and other partner nations.

While the focus of the exercise is on training and command and control capabilities at the tactical level, the exercise also provides an opportunity to increase interoperability between the U.S. and partner nations, exercise mission command and staff functions at the headquarters level, and improve the readiness of USASOC Soldiers through the exercise of Mission Essential Tasks List tasks.

This year's exercise, based primarily out of Burkina Faso and Mauritania, will run through March 1.

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For more information contact the Director of Public Affairs, Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, U.S. Army Special Operations Command Office: (910) 432-3383 BB: (910) 494-1589 loren.bymer@socom.mil