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Africa Logistics Symposium 2018; strategic lift.
Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 in Addis Ababa, focused on strategic lift.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -– Attendees of Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, pose for a group photos, April 11, 2018, at the African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AU, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the symposium, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound.
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Photo 1 of 7: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -– Attendees of Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, pose for a group photos, April 11, 2018, at the African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AU, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the symposium, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound. Download full-resolution version
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  -– The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
The event hosted more than 80 attendees, which included logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil.
7 photos: Africa Logistics Symposium 2018; strategic lift.
Photo 2 of 7: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -– The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event hosted more than 80 attendees, which included logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil. Download full-resolution version
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  – Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer, director of logistics / J4, U.S. Africa Command addresses attendees of the  Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 12, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.    The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the event which included more than 80 attendees and logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil.
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Photo 3 of 7: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer, director of logistics / J4, U.S. Africa Command addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 12, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the event which included more than 80 attendees and logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil. Download full-resolution version
Senegalese Group Captain David Akrong, Movement Coordination Center Chief, African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
7 photos: Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 hosted in Addis Ababa
Photo 4 of 7: Senegalese Group Captain David Akrong, Movement Coordination Center Chief, African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
Col. (ret.) Mor Ndiandame Mbow, chief of mission support operations, Peace and Support Operations Division, African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
7 photos: Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 hosted in Addis Ababa
Photo 5 of 7: Col. (ret.) Mor Ndiandame Mbow, chief of mission support operations, Peace and Support Operations Division, African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, U.S. Africa Command deputy to the commander for civil-military engagement, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
7 photos: Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 hosted in Addis Ababa
Photo 6 of 7: Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, U.S. Africa Command deputy to the commander for civil-military engagement, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
7 photos: Africa Logistics Symposium 2018 hosted in Addis Ababa
Photo 7 of 7: Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony. (Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs) Download full-resolution version
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -– Attendees of Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, pose for a group photos, April 11, 2018, at the African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The AU, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the symposium, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  -– The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
The event hosted more than 80 attendees, which included logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia  – Maj. Gen. Mark Camerer, director of logistics / J4, U.S. Africa Command addresses attendees of the  Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 12, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.    The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted the event which included more than 80 attendees and logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil.
Senegalese Group Captain David Akrong, Movement Coordination Center Chief, African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
Col. (ret.) Mor Ndiandame Mbow, chief of mission support operations, Peace and Support Operations Division, African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
Ambassador Alexander Laskaris, U.S. Africa Command deputy to the commander for civil-military engagement, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)
Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard, U.S. Ambassador to the African Union, addresses attendees of the Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, African Union Compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 11, 2018, during the opening ceremony.
(Photos by Staff Sgt. Grady Jones, AFRICOM Public Affairs)

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – The African Union, in conjunction with U.S. Africa Command, hosted Africa Logistics Symposium 2018, formerly known as Africa Logistics Forum, April 11-13, 2018, at the AU compound, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The event hosted more than 80 attendees, which included logistical professionals from across 21 African countries, four European countries, Japan, and Brazil.

This is the fifth year AFRICOM J4 has co-sponsored this event with the AU, said, Lt. Col. Harvey Wolff, chief of plans and engagements, AFRICOM J4.

“The event is designed to bring together all 55 member nations of the AU to discuss logistics around the continent of Africa,” said Wolff.

The theme for this year’s event is strategic lift.

“This includes air, maritime, and ground movement capabilities,” said Mor Mbow, chief of mission support operations, Peace and Support Division, African Union.

Last year’s theme was the operationalization of the Continental Logistical Base in Douala, Cameroon, along with regional logistical depots throughout Africa, in support of the Africa Standby Force.

“This year we are discussing how we will move assets in support of the ASF,” Wolff said. “The biggest challenge, as with anything, is personnel and equipment,” said Wolff.

Mbow explained that the AU has found major gaps in strategic lift capabilities after having conducted exercises and fiscal assessments in the economic communities in some of the African Union member states.

“Our role is to support the commander in his efforts in accomplishing his mission, whatever that mission might be.,” Wolf said. “I think if you speak with any commander, the first thing they’ll note is that nothing moves without logistics.

The purpose of logistics is to enhance capabilities, not hinder, according to Wolff.

“This symposium is a major milestone as we are implementing the African Standby Force (ASF) Maputo Strategic Five Year Work Plan 2016-2020 to strengthen the operational readiness of the ASF,” said Dr. Admore Kambudzi, agriculture Director of Peace and Security, AU.

The Maputo Strategic Five Year Work Plan 2016-2020, is an AU document that was drafted to define the post-full operational capability phase of the ASF. It includes indicators, deliverables and timelines for the ASF components, recommendations on partnership, harmonious work plans and the mobilization of resources by the AU, member states and regional economic communities and regional mechanisms.

Getting partners to weigh in and commit to the cause as they have done in the past is vital for overall success and supports defense, diplomacy, and development, said Wolff.

“The 3-D approach applies to logistics a lot more than in other areas because again, nothing moves without logistics,” Wolff said.

International partner nations are also invested in the successfulness of strategic lift and provide unique contributions to fill possible gaps in logistical support in Africa, said Wolff.

“It’s a great honor for me to be here at the AFS,” said Maj. Kenji Kawauchi, Japanese Joint staff J-4, Japanese Self-Defense Forces. “I want to bring the information back to the Japanese joint staff to discuss what we can do more for the AU.”

What our strategic partners bring to the table is absolutely critical, Wolff stated.

“They support us everything we do around the continent, they’re strong supporters of AFRICOM, the U.S., and we look forward to their continued support,” said Wolff.

U.S. Africa Command continues is mission of working with partners to promote regional security, stability, and prosperity for a safe, stable, and prosperous Africa.

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