Maritime forces from East Africa, South Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations, the United States and several international organizations began the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.
Creating an open line of communication helps instill a regional approach and is vital to the success of any operation or organization. This concept is extremely important to the development of our East African partners.
Joint Forces Command – United Assistance service members from the Barclay Training Center got to experience some Liberian culture, Jan. 20, when they took a quick bus ride to the Liberian National Museum. The museum is nestled near the center of Monrovia, the nation’s capital and after some research on the part of the JFC-UA civil affairs unit, a cross-cultural exchange trip was initiated for those Soldiers deployed to BTC.
Today, the United States is helping to lead a global response in West Africa with a strategy driven by evidence, innovation, and data. As the epidemic has evolved, so too has our response — adapting our strategy to be highly mobile and scalable and allowing for a quick response to flare-ups in rural and hard-to-reach areas.
As part of the Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa’s mission to enable regional actors to neutralize violent extremist organizations and enable regional access and freedom of movement, Uganda and Burundi will receive a new mission asset.
Recently, U.S. Army Africa’s Col. Frances Hardison and Capt. Christian Smith traveled to Dar Es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania to plan a gender integration seminar co-hosted by the Tanzanian Peoples Defense Forces.
The logistics enterprise united the efforts of a multi-disciplined, interagency team formed across nations, governments and non-government organizations, leading to success in OPERATION United Assistance.
More than a thousand Marines and sailors deploying in January and February in support of crisis and contingency response in the U.S. Africa and European Commands’ areas of responsibility recently completed a five-day certification exercise.
Medical practitioners and doctors from various civil and military organizations in Chad trained with U.S. counterparts to refine their skills during a medical readiness training exercise (MEDRETE) conducted in the village of Mini, Chad, Dec. 19, 2014.
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., CJTF-HOA commander, briefed the cadets of the Joint Military Academy of Arta, Dec. 27, 2014, on the six principles used to empower agile and adaptive leaders in the conduct of unified land operations.
Enduring a 15 kilometer walk to the nearest clinic will soon be part of the past for villagers in Kalaf, Djibouti. Now, only a minute away from the village stands a maternity clinic completed on Dec. 22, 2014.
The Department of Defense Ebola Treatment Training Team, the joint-service team tasked by the DOD to train health care workers to staff Ebola treatment units, is scheduled to transition its critical mission for the Joint Forces Command – United Assistance, Jan. 1, 2015.
Soldiers of 104th Engineer Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, joined the armed forces of Liberia to build an Ebola treatment unit in Gbediah Dec. 19 during an Operation United Assistance mission. By working together, they will erect an Ebola treatment unit and maybe even some friendships.
When the 36th Engineer Brigade built and handed over an Ebola treatment unit last month to the International Organization for Migration near Buchanan, Liberia, it knew its mission wasn’t exactly complete. Now, members of the 615th Engineer Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade are making sure the road to the ETU is functional.
In coordination with the in-country support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and United States Africa Command, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command is creating these stepping stones by funding the completion of the Tanzania Defence Intelligence College, Dec. 3, 2014.
Security cooperation as the only way for peace and stability in the Sahel region of Africa was the focus of an unprecedented two-day symposium with senior Chadian traditional leaders, military leaders and U.S. representatives, which took place December 13-14 in N’Djamena, Chad. The aim was to start a dialogue between traditional and military leaders.
More than 50 Soldiers and Airmen staying in the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s Controlled Monitoring Area since their return from missions in support of Operation United Assistance returned to their home units at Dec. 16 – nine days before Christmas Day.
Gate sentries are the first line of defense, not only for force protection but also for enforcement of base orders. A strong show of force not only deters potentially dangerous activity but it creates overall stability, safety and security for the base being protected.
For service members supporting the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to combat Ebola, Operation United Assistance, resupply over the roads of Liberia has proven a challenge. This was to be expected, as Liberia is a new theater for the military, and most routes are unpaved.
Soldiers assigned to the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion, from Fort Stewart, Georgia, provided a first aid training class to Liberian law enforcement personnel at the National Police Training Academy here, Tuesday, that could help protect them from diseases such as the Ebola virus.
Chad announced it will be the host of Exercise Flintlock ‘15, U.S. Africa Command’s premier Special Operations Forces exercise, which will kick off Feb. 16, 2015 in the capital N’Djamena with outstations in Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia, and will run through March 9, 2015.