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DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Eastern Accord 2016 participants attend the Opening Ceremony to commence the command post exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 1 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Eastern Accord 2016 participants attend the Opening Ceremony to commence the command post exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Tanzanian Brig. Gen. Yohana Ocholla Mabongo, Eastern Accord 2016 exercise co-director, welcomes the participants to the Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise during the Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July, 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 2 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Tanzanian Brig. Gen. Yohana Ocholla Mabongo, Eastern Accord 2016 exercise co-director, welcomes the participants to the Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise during the Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July, 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Senior military leaders from the Tanzanian and U.S. militaries, alongside Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Tanzanian Minister of Defense and National Service, preside over the opening ceremony for exercise Eastern Accord 2016 at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 11, 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 3 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Senior military leaders from the Tanzanian and U.S. militaries, alongside Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Tanzanian Minister of Defense and National Service, preside over the opening ceremony for exercise Eastern Accord 2016 at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 11, 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and co-exercise director, welcomes participants to the Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise during the opening ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July, 11, 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 4 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and co-exercise director, welcomes participants to the Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise during the opening ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July, 11, 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Eastern Accord 2016 participants attend the command post exercise Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 5 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Eastern Accord 2016 participants attend the command post exercise Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, presents the Eastern Accord 2016 flag representing the commencement of the command post exercise the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 6 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, presents the Eastern Accord 2016 flag representing the commencement of the command post exercise the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Senior military leaders and Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, take a group photograph with the U.S. Eastern Accord 2016 participants at the Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
7 photos: Eastern Accord 2016
Photo 7 of 7: DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Senior military leaders and Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, take a group photograph with the U.S. Eastern Accord 2016 participants at the Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released) Download full-resolution version
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Eastern Accord 2016 participants attend the Opening Ceremony to commence the command post exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Tanzanian Brig. Gen. Yohana Ocholla Mabongo, Eastern Accord 2016 exercise co-director, welcomes the participants to the Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise during the Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July, 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Senior military leaders from the Tanzanian and U.S. militaries, alongside Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Tanzanian Minister of Defense and National Service, preside over the opening ceremony for exercise Eastern Accord 2016 at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, July 11, 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and co-exercise director, welcomes participants to the Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise during the opening ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July, 11, 2016, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Eastern Accord 2016 participants attend the command post exercise Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, presents the Eastern Accord 2016 flag representing the commencement of the command post exercise the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Senior military leaders and Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, take a group photograph with the U.S. Eastern Accord 2016 participants at the Opening Ceremony at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault/Released)

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Members of the Combined Joint Task-Force Horn of Africa are providing logistical and trainer support to the annual Eastern Accord 2016 command post exercise at the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 

Marking the first day of U.S. Army Africa’s annual exercise, the opening ceremony brought combined and joint military senior leaders together to commence the exercise on July 11, 2016.

Sponsored by U.S. Africa Command and led by U.S. Army Africa, the two-week exercise is intended to build readiness, maintain U.S. and African coalition partnerships, facilitate interoperability between militaries and build capacity. Participating partner nations are Ethiopia, Djibouti, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Other organizations present are the African Union, the East African Standby Force, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, for a total of over 200 personnel.

“The command post exercise, Eastern Accord 2016, is designed to bring a real time reflection on peace support operations, counter terrorism and humanitarian assistance,” said Hussein Ali Mwinyi, Tanzanian Minister of Defense and National Service. “The exercise is quite encompassing having participants from nine countries.”

Members of the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, along with members of CJTF-HOA provide logistical support including transportation, communications support, sustainment and various other support for the participants.

“We are excited to increase our knowledge of both the African Union and Eastern African Standby Force’s planning processes and standard operating procedures,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jon Jensen, U.S. Army Africa deputy commanding general and co-exercise director.  “We all benefit from exercises like this as our nations and militaries become stronger and better equipped.”

“This will allow them to further professionalize themselves and their forces in process as well as deepen existing relationships and creating new relationships amongst the (nine) countries that are participating in this exercise,” he said.

The multinational training exercise involves three phases: academics, planning process and final scenario exercise. For the academics portion of the exercise, subject matter experts will take turns sharing their best practices in various subjects to lead up to developing a plan for the final scenario scheduled in the second week of the exercise.

“The achievements gained at the end of this exercise will remind the participants on the contemporary security challenges we face today involving security threats such as civil wars, terrorisms, piracy, human trafficking and religious conflicts,” said Mwinyi.

“The new challenges to internal security have compelled us to invest and work in partnerships to train in operations other than war. This will equip and instill skills and capacities to our men and women in uniform to face these undeniable cultural challenges,” he continued.

Mwinyi concluded the ceremony by presenting the Eastern Accord 2016 flag to the audience and participants to represent the commencement of the exercise.

“When we work together, the trials we each face become more manageable and we all advance,” said Jensen.

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