United States Africa Command

Nineteen officers from the Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) and Kenyan Defense Force (KDF) completed the 16th iteration of the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance (ACOTA) Force Headquarters training course at the International Peace Support Training Center in Nairobi, Kenya, Aug. 28, 2015. The course was designed to prepare staff officers from the African Union Mission in Somalia contributing countries for possible assignment to AMISOM Force Headquarters as a part of the command staff there. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet/released) Course Prepares Multinational Partners for Somalia Mission Officers from African partner nations attend specialized training in in Nairobi, Kenya before deploying to support the African Union Mission in Somalia. Read more >
 Segakweng Tsiane, permanent secretary of the Botswana Ministry of Defense, Justice and Security, speaks during the closing ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana, Aug. 28, 2015. More than 1,800 communications specialists from 40 countries, six African regional organizations and six international partner nations have participated in past Africa Endeavor events.
Leaders Leave AE15 with Handbook and Mandate to Work Together Botswana's permanent secretary for defence and the U.S. Army's chief information officer gave advice to communications officers during the closing ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2015. Read more >
U.S. Marines and U.S. Embassy Benin officials meet with Benin’s Minister of Interior Placide Azande Aug. 28, to discuss the partner-nation training that will take place between U.S. Marines and sailors and policemen with Benin's National Surveillance Police. Azande met with the Marines and U.S. Embassy Benin Chargé d'affaires Todd Whatley to discuss the country’s security concerns and to express his gratitude for the Marines' willingness to train the National Surveillance Police to secure its border. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan A. Peterson) U.S. Officials Meet With Benin Minister of Interior to Discuss Partner-nation Training U.S. and Benin officials met Aug. 28 to discuss the partner-nation training that will take place soon. Read more >
From right: Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general, U.S. Africa Command, and Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, commanding general, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, unveil the Joint Meritorious Unit Award during a ceremony at McAuliffe Hall August 27, 2015. The JMUA, the second most prestigious award a unit can receive, was presented to the 101st Airborne Division for their humanitarian mission during the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. (U.S. Army photo by Jerry Woller, Lead VI Specialist-Fort Campbell) 101st Airborne Division Receives Prestigious Award for OUA Mission The 101st Airborne Division was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the second highest unit award, for their role in Operation United Assistance. Read more >
The Secretary of the Army, the Honorable John M. McHugh, addresses participants of a U.S. Army Africa Training and Leader Development Conference, in the Golden Lion Conference Center Aug. 17 at Vicenza, Italy. The conference is designed to help the USARAF team understand the Army Chief of Staff's guidance on Army training and leader development in order to apply that guidance to the USARAF training and leader development program.  Some of the other topics discussed during this conference include Regionally Aligned Force lessons learned, RAF readiness, training on the continent, and State Partnership Program lessons learned. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Sgt. Lance Pounds) Senior leaders build foundation for African Horizons U.S. Army Africa Commander Gen. Darryl A. Williams hosted a training and leader development conference and a senior leader strategy and orientation session in Vicenza, Italy, Aug. 17-20. Read more >

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