U.S. Africa Command hosted its first ever signing of an Acquisition Cross Servicing Agreement (ACSA), continuing the mutually beneficial relationship the United States enjoys with its partner nation Chad, Sept. 18, 2014.
The agreement allows for the rapid and uncomplicated exchange of many types of common military necessities in exchange or trade for money, services, equipment or supplies of equal value.
“This agreement will continue to strengthen our bilateral cooperation on international security issues, contributing to the logistics, maintenance and supply support as well as the interoperability of the armed forces of both nations,” said Brig. Gen. James C. Vechery, Director for Logistics (J4), U.S. Africa Command.
The ACSA signed at the AFRICOM headquarters replaces a similar document that was signed in 2004. That agreement was only valid for 10-years. The new ACSA will remain valid indefinitely with no expiration date.
“The renewal of this agreement symbolizes the very nature of defense cooperation between our two countries and I have a feeling of satisfaction. This bilateral military accord is very significant,” said Brig. Gen. Marc Ndoubayo, Senior Military Advisor to the Chadian President. “This signing ceremony is just a continuation of the great relationship the government of Chad shares with the United States.”
The United States also has similar agreements with 18 other African nations which includes: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Gabon, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, Ghana.