Shared Accord MEDREX - Day 1
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Dwayne Bodie, a dentist with the New York Army National Guard, teams up with a medical professional from the South African National Defense Force to teach dental students at the Buchanana Clinic in Ntambanana, South Africa during the start of Exercise Shared Accord 22 on July 11, 2022. Shared Accord 22 featured a medical readiness exercise, planned and executed by the United States Army Southern European Task Force, Africa and the New York Army National Guard. The medical readiness exercise allowed military medical personnel from the U.S. Army and South African partners to exchange medical practices, procedures and techniques that build and strengthen treatment capabilities, resulting in lasting relationships between medical professionals. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mariajose Licea) (Photo Credit: Pfc. MariaJose Licea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shared Accord MEDREX - Day 1
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A South African National Defense Force dentist examines a patient with Col. Martin Ortiz, a pediatrician with the New York Army National Guard, during a medical readiness exercise July 11, 2022 at the Buchanana Clinic in Ntambanana, South Africa. The medical readiness exercise, or MEDREX, combines U.S. Army and African medical providers for a three week medical exchange. The MEDREX is part of Exercise Shared Accord in South Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mariajose Licea) (Photo Credit: Pfc. MariaJose Licea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shared Accord MEDREX - Day 1
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A doctor at the Buchanana Clinic in Ntambanana, South Africa, briefs members of the U.S. Army and South African National Defense Force during the start of Exercise Shared Accord 2022 on July 11, 2022 in the KwaZulu-Natal province, S. Africa. A key part of Shared Accord 2022 is a medical training exercise, planned and executed by the United States Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, that allow military medical personnel from the U.S. Army and their African Partners to exchange medical practices, procedures and techniques that build and strengthen treatment capabilities, resulting in lasting relationships between medical professionals. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mariajose Licea) (Photo Credit: Pfc. MariaJose Licea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shared Accord MEDREX - Day 1
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Col. Martin Ortiz, a pediatrician with the New York Army National Guard, evaluates a patient while a member of the South Africa National Defense Force observes during the start of Exercise Shared Accord on July 11, 2022. A key component of Shared Accord 2022 is a medical training exercise, planned and executed by the United States Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, that allow military medical personnel from the U.S. Army and their African Partners to exchange medical practices, procedures and techniques that build and strengthen treatment capabilities, resulting in lasting relationships between medical professionals. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Mariajose Licea) (Photo Credit: Pfc. MariaJose Licea) VIEW ORIGINAL
Shared Accord MEDREX - Day 2
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Mbalenhle Zondi (right), a general practitioner with the South African National Defense Force assigned to 7th Medical Battalion, and U.S. Army Capt. May Grace Kushner, a nurse with the New York Army National Guard, greet patients at Madwaleni clinic during Exercise Shared Accord July 12, 2022. Kushner is part of a team of 15 medical personnel from the New York Army National Guard partnering with medical professionals of the South Africa National Defense Force to treat patients in KwaZulu-Natal, a province in South Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marita Schwab) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Marita Schwab) VIEW ORIGINAL

RICHARDS BAY, South Africa – Members of the South Africa National Defense Force, the New York Army National Guard and U.S. Africa Command began Exercise Shared Accord 2022, scheduled for July 12-27 in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province from 12-27 July.

Exercise Shared Accord, planned and executed by the United States Army Southern European Task Force, Africa features several key exercises occurring simultaneously -- a medical training exercise, a field training exercises and a training segment called Judicious Activation -- all designed to promote security cooperation and interoperability between the United States and South Africa.

Judicious Activation involves specialized members of the South African Police Services training with members of the East African Response Force, a forward-deployed unit from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, built to respond to crises on the African continent. The exercise scenario centers on U.S. personnel working alongside host nation forces with tactical mission planning techniques.

Shared Accord will enhance participant capabilities in the areas of medical, veterinarian, communications, logistics, intelligence, humanitarian response, interagency coordination, planning and inter-operability.

“The New York Army National Guard and U.S. Army are extremely excited to reinvigorate our partnership now that the COVID pandemic has subsided,” said Col. Christopher Cronin, deputy exercise director, New York Army National Guard. “Our Soldiers thoroughly enjoy partnering, learning and training with all our brothers and sisters of the South African National Defense Force. Even more rewarding is the special opportunity during this iteration of Shared Accord to partner with the SANDF and SAMHS to provide vital health education and treatment to the residents of KwaZulu Natal.”

Shared Accord 2022 marks the fourth time the exercise was conducted in South Africa. Previous iterations here took place in 2011, 2013 and 2017. Shared Accord was last conducted in Rwanda in 2019 with COVID 19 forcing cancellations of the exercise in 2020 and 2021.