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A Year of “Firsts” as African Endeavor 2014 Kicks Off in Garmisch
GARMISCH, Germany - The opening ceremony for African Endeavor consisted of a roll call of nations with representatives, one at a time, standing and being recognized with a round of applause. But unlike the previous eight gatherings, this is the first time representatives from the United Nations, United Kingdom, Madagascar and USAID have participated. And it’s the first time in the history of African Endeavor that the exercise has been held somewhere other than Africa; this year gathering in Garmisch, Germany.
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley and J6 Director, Col. Patrick Dedham host a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 1 of 18: U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley and J6 Director, Col. Patrick Dedham host a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht) Download full-resolution version
Representatives from U.S. African Command listens to a guest speaker as part of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.   Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 2 of 18: Representatives from U.S. African Command listens to a guest speaker as part of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. Download full-resolution version
A representative from the Malawi delegation stands to make a comment during the opening discussion session of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014 begins in Garmisch July 14
Photo 3 of 18: A representative from the Malawi delegation stands to make a comment during the opening discussion session of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Download full-resolution version
COL Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), speaks with two African participants taking part in African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.
18 photos: African Endeavor 2014 begins
Photo 4 of 18: COL Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), speaks with two African participants taking part in African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Download full-resolution version
COL Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), welcomes representatives for 32 nations to African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.   Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 5 of 18: COL Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), welcomes representatives for 32 nations to African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. Download full-resolution version
LTC David Rokotonindriana of the Military of Madagascar listens to a guest speaker as part of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.   Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 6 of 18: LTC David Rokotonindriana of the Military of Madagascar listens to a guest speaker as part of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. Download full-resolution version
MAJ Benjamin Chirwa of Malawi and CPT Whitney Walker of U.S. Air Forces Africa enjoy the Ice Breaker event at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 7 of 18: MAJ Benjamin Chirwa of Malawi and CPT Whitney Walker of U.S. Air Forces Africa enjoy the Ice Breaker event at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell. Download full-resolution version
LTC Moffat Mwale of the African Union poses a question to the participants of Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 8 of 18: LTC Moffat Mwale of the African Union poses a question to the participants of Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell. Download full-resolution version
MAJ Raoul Nanci-Yossi of Cameroon and CAPT Franck Igamba Ivendengani of Gabon converse during a break at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 9 of 18: MAJ Raoul Nanci-Yossi of Cameroon and CAPT Franck Igamba Ivendengani of Gabon converse during a break at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell. Download full-resolution version
MAJ Clovis Mesma Likassa of Gabon and MAJ Ibrahima Diouf of Senegal converse during a break at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 10 of 18: MAJ Clovis Mesma Likassa of Gabon and MAJ Ibrahima Diouf of Senegal converse during a break at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell. Download full-resolution version
COL Alobawone Atogebakoga of Ghana poses a question at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 11 of 18: COL Alobawone Atogebakoga of Ghana poses a question at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell. Download full-resolution version
LTC Clifford Alimamy Thoronka of Sierra Leone and COL Alobawone Atogebakoga of Ghana converse at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 12 of 18: LTC Clifford Alimamy Thoronka of Sierra Leone and COL Alobawone Atogebakoga of Ghana converse at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell. Download full-resolution version
Representative from several African, European and North American nations work together in a small group breakout session during the African Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 13 of 18: Representative from several African, European and North American nations work together in a small group breakout session during the African Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht) Download full-resolution version
Representative from several African, European and North American nations work together in a small group breakout session during the African Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 14 of 18: Representative from several African, European and North American nations work together in a small group breakout session during the African Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley listens to J6 Director, Col. Patrick Dedham during a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 15 of 18: U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley listens to J6 Director, Col. Patrick Dedham during a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley participates in a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
18 photos: Africa Endeavor 2014
Photo 16 of 18: U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley participates in a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht) Download full-resolution version
U.S. AFRICOM Chief of Staff Maj Gen Michael Kingsley listens to the outbriefs at Africa Endeavor 2014 on Thursday, July 17 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 17 of 18: U.S. AFRICOM Chief of Staff Maj Gen Michael Kingsley listens to the outbriefs at Africa Endeavor 2014 on Thursday, July 17 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. Download full-resolution version
US AFRICOM Chief of Staff Maj Gen Michael Kingsley addresses the entire Africa Endeavor 2014 group of participants poses at the Edelweiss Lodge on Thursday, July 17 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
18 photos: United States Africa Command Image
Photo 18 of 18: US AFRICOM Chief of Staff Maj Gen Michael Kingsley addresses the entire Africa Endeavor 2014 group of participants poses at the Edelweiss Lodge on Thursday, July 17 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley and J6 Director, Col. Patrick Dedham host a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
Representatives from U.S. African Command listens to a guest speaker as part of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.   Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
A representative from the Malawi delegation stands to make a comment during the opening discussion session of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.
COL Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), speaks with two African participants taking part in African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.
COL Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6), welcomes representatives for 32 nations to African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.   Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
LTC David Rokotonindriana of the Military of Madagascar listens to a guest speaker as part of African Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany.   Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
MAJ Benjamin Chirwa of Malawi and CPT Whitney Walker of U.S. Air Forces Africa enjoy the Ice Breaker event at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
LTC Moffat Mwale of the African Union poses a question to the participants of Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
MAJ Raoul Nanci-Yossi of Cameroon and CAPT Franck Igamba Ivendengani of Gabon converse during a break at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
MAJ Clovis Mesma Likassa of Gabon and MAJ Ibrahima Diouf of Senegal converse during a break at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
COL Alobawone Atogebakoga of Ghana poses a question at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
LTC Clifford Alimamy Thoronka of Sierra Leone and COL Alobawone Atogebakoga of Ghana converse at Africa Endeavor 2014 which began on Monday, July 14 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. AE Staff: Susannah Dowell.
Representative from several African, European and North American nations work together in a small group breakout session during the African Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
Representative from several African, European and North American nations work together in a small group breakout session during the African Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley listens to J6 Director, Col. Patrick Dedham during a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
U.S. Africa Command Chief of Staff, Maj. Gen. Michael Kingsley participates in a bilateral meeting with African military leaders during the Africa Endeavor 2014 conference in Garmisch, Germany.  Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. (Photo by LCDR Dave Hecht)
U.S. AFRICOM Chief of Staff Maj Gen Michael Kingsley listens to the outbriefs at Africa Endeavor 2014 on Thursday, July 17 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.
US AFRICOM Chief of Staff Maj Gen Michael Kingsley addresses the entire Africa Endeavor 2014 group of participants poses at the Edelweiss Lodge on Thursday, July 17 in Garmisch, Germany. Africa Endeavor is a U.S. Africa Command sponsored exercise that’s designed to increase the command, control, and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability.

The opening ceremony for African Endeavor consisted of a roll call of nations with representatives, one at a time, standing and being recognized with a round of applause.  But unlike the previous eight gatherings, this is the first time representatives from the United Nations, United Kingdom, and Madagascar have participated.  And it’s the first time in the history of African Endeavor that the exercise has been held somewhere other than Africa; this year gathering in Garmisch, Germany.

“I am really looking forward to being able to share our experiences with you, but more importantly, learning from your experiences across all the nations here and how we can better work alongside you in the future,“ said first time participant COL. Craig Sutherland of the British Army.

According to organizers, however, the “who” and the “where” isn’t the biggest difference between African Endeavor 2014 (AE14) and all previous exercises.  AE14 is heading in a new direction said COL. Patrick Dedham, Director of U.S. Africa Command’s (AFRICOM) Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J6).

“This is about taking it from the tactical and moving it towards the operational and strategic level where AFRICOM should be and working with the components to take over the tactical piece of African Endeavor so that we’re not doing African Endeavor once a year, we’re doing it throughout the year,” said Dedham.

Africa Endeavor is an AFRICOM sponsored communications exercise that focuses on information sharing and interoperability between African nations.  Since it was first held in 2006, more than 1,700 communication specialists have attended.  And with 32 African and European nations here, as well as representatives from the African Union, NATO, and the United Nations, it is easily AFRICOM’s most diverse exercise.

“It’s an incredible exercise.  It’s a great collection of people that can really make a difference,” said Dedham.

Africa Endeavor's primary objective is to increase the command, control and communications capacities of African nations by encouraging interoperable tactics, training and procedures, and creating documented standards that support interoperability. This allows African nations to provide critical support to the African Union and other forces involved in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping missions.

“To be able to speak directly and frankly with one another so that we can improve our communications face-to-face and discuss what the problems, this is one of the best ways for us to respond to a crisis on the continent,” said LTC Khaled Ben Ammar of the Tunisia Armed Forces.  “These situations demand a collective response so it’s very important we have this opportunity to meet in person.”

Over the course of the four day exercise, representatives will be split into five different regions and face two separate tabletop scenarios that will test their ability to develop a strategic and operation plan in response to a mock crisis.

“I hope they walk away with the knowledge of who to call, new relationships through networking, people they can call for help to coordinate and synchronize their efforts.  I also want them to walk away with some good techniques, tactics and procedures that they can use at the strategic level to plan for contingency operations,” said Dedham.

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