African Land Forces Summit 2012

Friday May 18, 2012

What is it?

African Land Forces (ALFS) Summit is a premiere engagement opportunity that brings together land forces chiefs of staff from African nations and military leaders from the U.S. Army. U.S. Army Africa along with the Ugandan People's Defense Force co-hosted this second biennial summit, which was held for the first time on African soil. The theme for this year's summit is "The Strength of an Army for the Nation and its People."

Throughout the week, land forces commanders from across the continent came together to share professional insights and lessons learned, strengthen relationships and form new partnerships so they can address their shared goals for stability and security in Africa.

With intent to provide a forum for African land forces commanders to meet and address common security challenges, guest speakers participated sharing their personal experience in building institutional foundations and adapting military institutions before, during and after a crisis.

What has the Army done?

USARAF worked with our African partners to provide accomplished military speakers and moderators from African militaries, the United Nations, and the Department of State. Speakers addressed topics to include institutional values, youth of Africa and role of social media, peace support operations, strengthening the force and post war transitions.

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

The forum meets every two years because the invited leaders recognize global trends affecting the region and are dedicated to working collectively to keep pace with the changing environment. U.S. Army Africa is the Army Service Component Command (ASCC) assigned to U.S. Africa Command, and is America's premier Army team dedicated to positive change in Africa. U.S. Army Africa will continue to build cooperative relationships and enduring partnerships that contribute to African capabilities.

Why is this important to the Army?

The African Land Forces Summit provides an opportunity for U.S. participants to hear issues and concerns directly from African military leaders. It also provides a forum for our partner nations to freely express their opinions, concerns, desires, goals and ideas. Developing cooperative relationships and enduring partnerships among our militaries will help promote security, stability and peace in Africa, and protect the national security interests of the United States.

Resources:

U.S. Army Africa
Army.mil: Africa News
ALFS images on Flickr

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""I also want to honor the seven other men who died that day: Larry DeBoer, James DeBrew, Fred Harms, Tom Merriman, Ernie Moore, Don Smith and Leslie Wilbanks. These men, along with my brother, gave the ultimate sacrifice that day. And we will remember them in our hearts. For their families here today, I want you to know that the Sabo family considers them all heroes and this Medal of Honor is for them also."

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