U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, met with Uganda People’s Defense Force Brig. Gen. Jack Bakasumba, Peace Support Operations Training Centre commandant, Aug. 20, 2014, in Singo, Uganda.
Grigsby also toured the training facilities, watched a live-fire exercise and met with Africa Contingency Operations Training & Assistance instructors, and other cadre from the U.S., British, French and Dutch militaries.
“We want to assist and enable you the best we can,” Grigsby said to Bakasumba. “What you are doing is here is very important and I applaud you for that.”
The U.S. Government, through the efforts of CJTF-HOA and the State Department enables and strengthens the UPDF in their mission to improve regional peace and stability. This includes training Ugandan forces that deploy to support the African Union Mission in Somalia.
“We thank the U.S. for their continuous support to this training center of the UPDF, one of the major partners on the African continent in the fight against terrorism,” Bakasumba said during an office call with Grigsby and othe CJTF-HOA leadership.
According to the AMISOM website the Ugandan contingent remains the largest troop contributing nation to AMISOM.
“What the Ugandans are doing is tremendous,” Grigsby said to Bakasumba while discussing efforts in Somalia. “You have been one of our best partners.”
Story originally posted by CJTF-HOA on 29 Aug 2014