U.S. Africa Command Special Operations Forces train alongside partners in Benin

Special Operations Command Africa JCETs enhance U.S. relationships with partner nations by developing and maintaining critical military-to-military connections and improving joint and allied readiness and interoperability.



By Special Operations Command Africa Special Operations Command Africa OUASSA, Benin Sep 29, 2022
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Special Operations Command Africa forces partnered with the Beninese Army during a Joint Combined Exchange Training that concluded September 9, 2022, in Ouassa, Benin. U.S. Army Green Berets assigned to 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) collaborated with members of the Beninese Army’s 1st Commando Parachute Battalion to hone tactical and operational skills.

As violent extremism poses a threat to global stability, safeguarding these borders from incoming threats requires a collective multilateral effort. Engagements including JCETs provide mutual benefits to both partner forces as they enhance partner capacity and strengthen relationships to combat regional insecurity and instability.

Special Operations Command Africa JCETs enhance U.S. relationships with partner nations by developing and maintaining critical military-to-military connections and improving joint and allied readiness and interoperability.

This exchange is part of a series of U.S. engagements with the Beninese military that provide opportunities for units to work together, learn from each other, build interoperability, and strengthen relationships. This recent engagement represents the second JCET that U.S. special operations forces conducted with Beninese forces this year. The two partner forces hosted a March JCET and participated alongside one another in previous Flintlock exercises with other allied and African partner nations. Flintlock is the premier special operations exercise in Africa with 30 participating nations.

U.S. Africa Command special operations forces demonstrate their commitment to their African partners through sustained military and civil engagements across the continent.

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