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Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
The Malawi Defense Force, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command is hosting representatives from more than 40 nations from across Africa, Europe and the United States for the 12th annual Africa Endeavor 2017 (AE17) Leader Symposium here Aug. 21-25.
LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the week-long event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
6 photos: Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
Photo 1 of 6: LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the week-long event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the week-long event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
6 photos: Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
Photo 2 of 6: LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the week-long event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the weeklong event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
6 photos: Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
Photo 3 of 6: LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the weeklong event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
LILONGWE, Malawi - Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, answers questions during a press conference following the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Official Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
6 photos: Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
Photo 4 of 6: LILONGWE, Malawi - Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, answers questions during a press conference following the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Official Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
LILONGWE, Malawi - Malawi Defence Force Commander, Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, addresses participants at the opening ceremony of Africa Endeavor 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
6 photos: Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
Photo 5 of 6: LILONGWE, Malawi - Malawi Defence Force Commander, Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, addresses participants at the opening ceremony of Africa Endeavor 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
LILONGWE, Malawi - (from left to right) Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, Commander, Malawi Defense Force; Hon. Everton Chimulirenji, Malawi Deputy Minister for Defence MP; Hon. Virginia Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi; and Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations pose for an official photo following the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Official Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
6 photos: Africa Endeavor 2017 Kicks-off in Lilongwe, Malawi
Photo 6 of 6: LILONGWE, Malawi - (from left to right) Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, Commander, Malawi Defense Force; Hon. Everton Chimulirenji, Malawi Deputy Minister for Defence MP; Hon. Virginia Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi; and Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations pose for an official photo following the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Official Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED) Download full-resolution version
LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the week-long event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the week-long event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
LILONGWE, Malawi - Participants from more than 40 Nations take part in the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017, kick-starting the weeklong event in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
LILONGWE, Malawi - Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, answers questions during a press conference following the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Official Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
LILONGWE, Malawi - Malawi Defence Force Commander, Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, addresses participants at the opening ceremony of Africa Endeavor 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi Aug. 21-25. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)
LILONGWE, Malawi - (from left to right) Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, Commander, Malawi Defense Force; Hon. Everton Chimulirenji, Malawi Deputy Minister for Defence MP; Hon. Virginia Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi; and Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations pose for an official photo following the opening ceremony for Africa Endeavor 2017. Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader and communications symposium and technology expo designed to develop standardized, multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations. (Official Photo by Navy Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW/AW) Dominique Shelton/RELEASED)

LILONGWE, Malawi (August 21, 2017) – The Malawi Defense Force, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command is hosting representatives from more than 40 nations from across Africa, Europe and the United States for the 12th annual Africa Endeavor 2017 (AE17) Leader Symposium here Aug. 21-25.

“The Malawi Defense Force is very happy to be able to host this important symposium AE-17,” said Gen. Griffin S. Phiri, Commander Malawi Defense Force.

“Meetings like this make us all more secure so that as we build partnerships across nations and organizations, it is all done with the auspices or in the spirit of partnership, interoperability and cyber security awareness,” said Hon. Virginia E. Palmer, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi. “For this reason, meetings like this are incredibly important to international peacekeeping operations; they ensure that we operate more effectively and better talk to each other in times of crisis.”

The theme for AE17 is “Interconnecting Africa Through Communications Interoperability.” Participants will focus on and discuss issues related to cyber security and cyber defense through senior leader engagements, communications symposia and a capstone event with a technology exposition.

“This is a very important symposium because it gives us, along with our colleagues, the opportunity to work together and share information, so that we can learn to better communicate and address the issues we are facing,” said Phiri.

Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, Africa Endeavor is an annual senior leader symposium and communications symposium designed to help develop multinational communications practices for peacekeeping and disaster response missions mandated by the African Union and the United Nations.

The primary objective of African Endeavor is to develop interoperability among African Partner Nations in their command, control, communications, computers and information (C4I) systems through: developing shared training and providing information on lessons learned from exercises and operations; developing standard processes and procedures; documenting and sharing Standard Operating Procedures.

“This is about bringing all of the communications professionals together so that as we go forward we can ensure that we standardize processes and work better together because we know that the strength of us together is much more stronger than the strength of each of us alone, “ said Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, U.S. Africa Command Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations.

Africa Endeavor provides a venue for military leaders to review and analyze current abilities of their forces to communicate during multinational operations and to develop standardized training and procedures to improve future training and support. Since 2006, Africa Endeavor has facilitated training and engagements between the African Union, European Union, NATO and regional partners and trained nearly 2,000 communications specialists.

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