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AFRICOM Commander Visits South Africa during Exercise Shared Accord
The Commander of U.S. Africa Command (Africom) General David Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to observe training events, which took place August 1-2, 2013, as part of Shared Accord 13.  Shared Accord is a U.S. - South African combined joint
BULEMBU, South Africa— General David Rodriguez, left, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and South African National Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi listen as Sergeant  Yvette Jones, a medic with the District of Columbia Army National Guard, explains her role in the humanitarian civic activity that is a major portion of Shared Accord 13. (U.S. Army Photo by Sergeant Daniel Stoutamire)
2 photos: AFRICOM Commander Visits South Africa during Exercise Shared Accord
Photo 1 of 2: BULEMBU, South Africa— General David Rodriguez, left, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and South African National Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi listen as Sergeant Yvette Jones, a medic with the District of Columbia Army National Guard, explains her role in the humanitarian civic activity that is a major portion of Shared Accord 13. (U.S. Army Photo by Sergeant Daniel Stoutamire) Download full-resolution version
GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa—General David Rodriguez, second from left, commander of U.S. Africa Command, gestures toward a sand table model to Virginia E. Palmer, Chargé d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in South Africa and Lt. Gen. Derrick Mgwebi, South Africa National Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire)
2 photos: AFRICOM Commander Visits South Africa during Exercise Shared Accord
Photo 2 of 2: GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa—General David Rodriguez, second from left, commander of U.S. Africa Command, gestures toward a sand table model to Virginia E. Palmer, Chargé d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in South Africa and Lt. Gen. Derrick Mgwebi, South Africa National Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire) Download full-resolution version
BULEMBU, South Africa— General David Rodriguez, left, commander of U.S. Africa Command, and South African National Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations Lieutenant General Derrick Mgwebi listen as Sergeant  Yvette Jones, a medic with the District of Columbia Army National Guard, explains her role in the humanitarian civic activity that is a major portion of Shared Accord 13. (U.S. Army Photo by Sergeant Daniel Stoutamire)
GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa—General David Rodriguez, second from left, commander of U.S. Africa Command, gestures toward a sand table model to Virginia E. Palmer, Chargé d’Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in South Africa and Lt. Gen. Derrick Mgwebi, South Africa National Defense Force Chief of Joint Operations. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Daniel Stoutamire)

The Commander of U.S. Africa Command General David Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to observe training events, which took place August 1-2, 2013, as part of Shared Accord 13. 

Shared Accord is a U.S. - South African combined joint exercise designed to increase the ability of both forces to respond to humanitarian disasters and peace keeping operations.
The exercise took place in the Eastern Cape cities of Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, and East London starting July 22.

General David M. Rodriguez's Comments

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have visited South Africa,” said Rodriquez. “During the trip, I was able to observe the Shared Accord exercise hosted by the South African National Defense Force and to meet with their leadership to get a better sense for security and defense related issues.  The partnership we have with South Africa is an important one, as our nations share a number of security interests focused on bringing peace and stability to the whole of Africa.”  

"The Shared Accord exercise builds on successes and lessons learned during previous events, which were conducted to establish and develop a strong military partnership between the U.S. and South Africa. These exercises promote regional relationships, increase capacity, and enhance cross-training and interoperability between our militaries.  In the end, this exercise provides our militaries the skills required to enable readiness in support of peacekeeping operations, and responding to disasters.

Our countries’ militaries share a steeped history of partnering that precedes U.S. Africa Command.  For decades, the U.S. has partnered with African militaries in capacity-building events through various exercises like Shared Accord. Through these engagements, the U.S. demonstrates its long-term commitment to South Africa and the entire continent.”

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