Atlas Accord 12

Tuesday February 7, 2012

What is it?

Atlas Accord '12 is a combined, aerial-delivery exercise that unites U.S. Army military personnel with counterparts from the Mali Defence Force to promote working relations between participating forces.

What has the Army done?

U.S. Army Africa has worked with the Mali Defence Force (MDF) and other partner nations to develop theater-specific drop zone expertise, rigging knowledge, improved air crew operations, forward aerial refueling capabilities and staff planning proficiency focused on logistics-themed aerial delivery. Planners developed familiarization events with 294th Quartermaster Company (Airborne) in Texas, Charlie Company, 219th Special Forces Group in West Virginia and with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Germany where U.S. Army Soldiers and Mali Defence Force soldiers trained together on rigging, low-cost aerial delivery techniques and associated platoon-level infantry techniques in preparation for effective collaboration during Atlas Accord.

In partnership with the Mali Defence Force and the U.S. Army, militaries from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Niger, Senegal, Tunisia, and Uganda have committed to sending small teams to participate in Atlas Accord '12. Together, the military partners will work to enhance the readiness of logistical and resupply capabilities, while improving the capacity to respond to humanitarian assistance situations. The exercise will consist of classroom instruction and a Field Training Exercise. Atlas Accord '12 will increase the capability of the MDF to resupply forces in remote areas and will strengthen interoperability between the U.S., MDF and the other participating militaries.

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

The Army plans to continue aerial-delivery training with African partner nations during Atlas Accord '13. Future training will build upon previous exercises and incorporate Command, Control, Communications, computers and Intelligence techniques, also known as C4I.

Why is this important to the Army?

The ability of the Army and partner nation militaries to deliver humanitarian aid and/or support operations in austere environments is essential to mission effectiveness in Africa. The distances are often vast with modest infrastructure in many operating areas. Enhancing resupply efforts to remote areas in a timely manner increases the readiness of participating forces for any contingency that may arise.

Resources:

U.S. Army Africa
Army.Mil: U.S. Army Africa news
Related STAND-TO!: Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Teams Program

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