Southern Accord 12

Tuesday August 7, 2012

What is it?

Southern Accord is an annual combined, joint exercise that brings together U.S. Army personnel with counterparts from the Botswana Defence Force(BDF)to conduct Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations, Peace Keeping Operations(PKO), Aeromedical Evacuation and enhance military capabilities and interoperability. Southern Accord 12 will be held near Gaborone, The Republic of Botswana, from Aug. 1-17, 2012. USARAF will host the event on behalf of U.S. Africa Command.

What has the Army done?

The U.S. Army participates annually in Southern Accord to improve interoperability and capacity to conduct joint and multinational planning and operations. Southern Accord provides unique and dynamic training opportunities for participating military partners, while also promoting relationship-building between militaries and local communities.

Headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, U.S. Army Africa is the Army service component to the U.S Africa Command, the U.S. regional command that oversees and coordinates U.S. military activities in Africa. Southern Accord 12 is the latest in a series of exercises involving U.S. military forces and partner militaries in Africa with the aim to establish and develop military interoperability, regional relationships, synchronization of effort and capacity-building.

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

Southern Accord is conducted annually to improve joint coalition interoperability and capabilities to respond to the most likely regional security and humanitarian situations. Future exercises will continue to build on progress made during previous exercises in terms of participating nations' ability to conduct joint/multinational operations and improve multinational interoperability and capacity. The exercise is rooted in partnerships and recognizes the need for multinational solutions to common challenges ranging from transnational violent extremism to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Why is this important to the Army?

Engagements like these build readiness of African soldiers, thus increasing effectiveness of operations. In turn, it ensures regional stability and security. The U.S. Army's participation in Southern Accord increases cooperation and collaboration with land force partners in Africa and enhances mutual understanding and demonstrates the U.S. Army's commitment to strengthening our relationships across the continent.


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