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This year, one of the biggest technical hurdles facing the Africa Endeavor 2011 (AE11) exercise participants has been to establish connectivity from the main exercise site in Banjul, The Gambia, with participants at two remote sites, the Economic
FALAJAR BARRACKS, The Gambia - Mauritian Lieutenant Azize Saud Ghingut holds the antenna for a spectrum analyzer, used to show radio frequency emitters in a search for interference sources, during a practical exercise at Africa Endeavor 2011, Falajar Barracks, The Gambia, July 15, 2011.  (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Daniel T. West, 358th PAD)
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Photo 1 of 5: FALAJAR BARRACKS, The Gambia - Mauritian Lieutenant Azize Saud Ghingut holds the antenna for a spectrum analyzer, used to show radio frequency emitters in a search for interference sources, during a practical exercise at Africa Endeavor 2011, Falajar Barracks, The Gambia, July 15, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Daniel T. West, 358th PAD) Download full-resolution version
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Corporal Mohammed Chindo and Sergeant Benibo Onimite program a CODAN NGT radio during the train up of U.S. Africa Command's Africa Endeavor 2011 multilateral communications exercise July 15, 2011.  These Nigerian soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States African Standby Forces participated as a "remote site" in this exercise which drew participation from more than half of the nations across the African continent. (AFRICOM photo by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lamb)
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Photo 2 of 5: ABUJA, NIGERIA - Corporal Mohammed Chindo and Sergeant Benibo Onimite program a CODAN NGT radio during the train up of U.S. Africa Command's Africa Endeavor 2011 multilateral communications exercise July 15, 2011. These Nigerian soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States African Standby Forces participated as a "remote site" in this exercise which drew participation from more than half of the nations across the African continent. (AFRICOM photo by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lamb) Download full-resolution version
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Girma Mihret, African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations Division radio operator/technician, and U.S. Gunnery Sergeant James Moore, U.S. Africa Command C4 Systems, contact the Economic Community of West African States headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, during a communications check from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 15, 2011, as part of U.S. Africa Command's Africa Endeavor communications exercise. (U.S. AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty)
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Photo 3 of 5: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Girma Mihret, African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations Division radio operator/technician, and U.S. Gunnery Sergeant James Moore, U.S. Africa Command C4 Systems, contact the Economic Community of West African States headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, during a communications check from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 15, 2011, as part of U.S. Africa Command's Africa Endeavor communications exercise. (U.S. AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty) Download full-resolution version
FALAJAR BARRACKS, The Gambia - Ugandan Corporal Ronald Gabana checks network settings with delegates from Djubouti during network setup day for the Africa Endeavor exercise at Falajar Barracks, The Gambia, July 16, 2011.  The exercise's day of network setup and interoperability set the stage for the command post scenario which is slated to begin July 18.  (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Daniel T. West, 358th PAD)
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Photo 4 of 5: FALAJAR BARRACKS, The Gambia - Ugandan Corporal Ronald Gabana checks network settings with delegates from Djubouti during network setup day for the Africa Endeavor exercise at Falajar Barracks, The Gambia, July 16, 2011. The exercise's day of network setup and interoperability set the stage for the command post scenario which is slated to begin July 18. (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Daniel T. West, 358th PAD) Download full-resolution version
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Lance Corporal Adeoye Omidiji (left), Corporal Mohammed Chindo (seated) and Sergeant Benibo Onimite (right), Nigerian soldiers from the ECOWAS Combat Forces Signal Squadron, demonstrate what they have learned on the All Partners Access Network during train up for the Africa Endeavor 2011 multilateral communications exercise.  Nations from across the continent have gathered in either The Gambia, Nigeria or Ethiopia, to develop cogent plans to minimize challenges with differing communications equipment provided to the individual nations from distributors around the world 14 July 2011. (AFRICOM photo by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lamb)
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Photo 5 of 5: ABUJA, NIGERIA - Lance Corporal Adeoye Omidiji (left), Corporal Mohammed Chindo (seated) and Sergeant Benibo Onimite (right), Nigerian soldiers from the ECOWAS Combat Forces Signal Squadron, demonstrate what they have learned on the All Partners Access Network during train up for the Africa Endeavor 2011 multilateral communications exercise. Nations from across the continent have gathered in either The Gambia, Nigeria or Ethiopia, to develop cogent plans to minimize challenges with differing communications equipment provided to the individual nations from distributors around the world 14 July 2011. (AFRICOM photo by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lamb) Download full-resolution version
FALAJAR BARRACKS, The Gambia - Mauritian Lieutenant Azize Saud Ghingut holds the antenna for a spectrum analyzer, used to show radio frequency emitters in a search for interference sources, during a practical exercise at Africa Endeavor 2011, Falajar Barracks, The Gambia, July 15, 2011.  (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Daniel T. West, 358th PAD)
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Corporal Mohammed Chindo and Sergeant Benibo Onimite program a CODAN NGT radio during the train up of U.S. Africa Command's Africa Endeavor 2011 multilateral communications exercise July 15, 2011.  These Nigerian soldiers from the Economic Community of West African States African Standby Forces participated as a "remote site" in this exercise which drew participation from more than half of the nations across the African continent. (AFRICOM photo by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lamb)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Girma Mihret, African Union (AU) Peace Support Operations Division radio operator/technician, and U.S. Gunnery Sergeant James Moore, U.S. Africa Command C4 Systems, contact the Economic Community of West African States headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, during a communications check from the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia July 15, 2011, as part of U.S. Africa Command's Africa Endeavor communications exercise. (U.S. AFRICOM photo by Staff Sergeant Amanda McCarty)
FALAJAR BARRACKS, The Gambia - Ugandan Corporal Ronald Gabana checks network settings with delegates from Djubouti during network setup day for the Africa Endeavor exercise at Falajar Barracks, The Gambia, July 16, 2011.  The exercise's day of network setup and interoperability set the stage for the command post scenario which is slated to begin July 18.  (U.S. Army photo by Sergeant Daniel T. West, 358th PAD)
ABUJA, NIGERIA - Lance Corporal Adeoye Omidiji (left), Corporal Mohammed Chindo (seated) and Sergeant Benibo Onimite (right), Nigerian soldiers from the ECOWAS Combat Forces Signal Squadron, demonstrate what they have learned on the All Partners Access Network during train up for the Africa Endeavor 2011 multilateral communications exercise.  Nations from across the continent have gathered in either The Gambia, Nigeria or Ethiopia, to develop cogent plans to minimize challenges with differing communications equipment provided to the individual nations from distributors around the world 14 July 2011. (AFRICOM photo by Lieutenant Colonel Steven Lamb)

This year, one of the biggest technical hurdles facing the Africa Endeavor 2011 (AE11) exercise participants has been to establish connectivity from the main exercise site in Banjul, The Gambia, with participants at two remote sites, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria, and the African Union (AU) headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

While the African Union has successfully made contact with both participants in Nigeria and The Gambia, communication links between each of the participant sites are still being conducted.

Chairman for the Host Nation AE Committee, Gambian Navy Commodore Madani Senghore, expressed the significance of AE11 for The Gambia.

"I am confident that, with the equipment that we have in The Gambia, we will be able to establish radio calls to Nigeria and Ghana based on the previous AE test exercises and the present one that is happening," said Senghore. "We are able to make records of frequencies and other necessary input that we will be able to use to communicate to our sub-regional partners."

Zambian Army Colonel Wilson Chikwalamba Tembo, AU African Standby Force communications officer, shared his opinion of the challenges involved in training across so many different cultures and languages.

"We've got Francophone countries; we have Anglophile countries, others that are Portuguese speaking and so on," he said. "And each of these groups has their own way of conducting business, especially in terms of procedures in communicating. So what AE is doing is to try and bring all these together to find a common ground and come up with common standards that we should be able to use irrespective of where we're coming from, to be able to communicate effectively."

All of this hard work is clearly paying off during AE11, as people from all over Africa are engaging in dialogue and furthering human as well as technological communication.

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