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U.S. Special Operations Command Africa

5:15 AM5/30/2014
As part of a global team of national and international partners, U.S. Special Operations command Africa conducts persistent, networked and distributed special operations to promote regional stability and prosperity in Africa.
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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams supports U.S. SOF interoperability

2:23 PM8/31/2020
The ship will be a long-term presence assigned to the AFRICOM mission set and support security cooperation missions and operations in and around the African continent.
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SOCAFRICA senior enlisted leader reflects on 35 years of service

11:12 AM9/1/2020
Of those 35 years, 27 of those were served as a Green Beret. Marsh saw the majority of modern U.S. conflict in-person, but that’s not what he wanted to talk about during his 40-minute speech to a sizeable, socially-distanced crowd.
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SOCAF commander, expert panel discuss the significance of countering VEO efforts in Africa

3:07 PM9/15/2020
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USS Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams operates with the Senegalese Navy

3:07 PM10/7/2020
Hershel “Woody” Williams is on a regularly-scheduled deployment to the U.S. Naval Forces Africa area of operations and is a key element in integration between U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations, especially Marine aviation and support to amphibious operations.
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Chaplains bridge the COVID gap using modern methods

1:17 PM10/20/2020
SOCAFRICA chaplains use VTC and social media to stay connected to their units, assist Burkina Faso chaplains in doing the same
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

11:55 AM12/22/2020
201218-M-UY835-1052 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2020) – U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164 (Reinforced), 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). The F-35Bs provide close air support to Operation OCTAVE QUARTZ. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. DOD forces in Somalia to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and supporting partner forces.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali coast

11:55 AM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Somalia as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force - Quartz, Dec. 21.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:21 PM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Makin Island (LHD8), USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conduct maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ). The OOQ mission is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:26 PM12/22/2020
201219-N-LR905-1556 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 19, 2020) – A U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (Reinforced) 164, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lands aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). Makin Island, flagship of the Amphibious Ready Group, along with the 15th MEU conduct operations under Joint Task Force – Quartz in support of Operation Octave Quartz. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. DOD forces in Somalia to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and supporting partner forces.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:45 PM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Makin Island (LHD8), USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conduct maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ). The OOQ mission is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:54 PM12/22/2020
The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, consisting of USS Makin Island (LHD8), USS Somerset (LPD 25), USS San Diego (LPD 22), and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit; and USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conduct maritime operations off the coast of Mogadishu, Somalia in support of Operation Octave Quartz (OOQ). The OOQ mission is to reposition U.S. Department of Defense personnel from Somalia to other locations in East Africa.
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USS Makin Island ARG/15th MEU arrives off Somali Coast

1:59 PM12/22/2020
201218-M-UY835-1052 INDIAN OCEAN (Dec. 18, 2020) – U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning IIs with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit prepare to land on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. The F-35Bs provide close air support to Operation OCTAVE QUARTZ. The mission of OOQ is to reposition U.S. DOD forces in Somalia to other East Africa operating locations while maintaining pressure on violent extremists and supporting partner forces.
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AFRICOM leadership visits USS Makin Island

5:30 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, inspects an F-35B Lightning II, assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 164, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a tour of the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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AFRICOM leadership visits USS Makin Island

5:33 PM1/18/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, speaks to Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island during a tour of the ship. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group and embarked 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have operated off the coast of Somalia since Dec. 21 as part of the Joint Forces Maritime Component Command for Joint Task Force – Quartz.
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AFRICOM commander concludes visit to East Africa

11:59 AM1/19/2021
Commander, senior enlisted leader, wrap up a five-day visit to East Africa including stops in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya as well as to the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), operating off the coast of Somalia.
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U.S. Africa Command forces conduct two strikes on al-Shabaab operatives

4:35 PM1/19/2021
In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted two airstrikes in the vicinities of Jamaame and Deb Scinnele, Somalia, Jan. 19, 2021.
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U.S. Forces work alongside African military members

8:27 AM2/2/2021
U.S. service members speak with Danab soldiers on in Somalia Jan. 28, 2021. AFRICOM forces continue to train, advise and support Somali and other East African partners in their fight against violent extremism.
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U.S. provides military training to Mozambican Marines

9:49 AM3/17/2021
U.S. Special Operations Forces will train Mozambican marines for two months to support Mozambique’s efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism.
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U.S. provides military training to Mozambican Marines

10:01 AM3/17/2021
On March 15, the U.S. Government and the Government of Mozambique launched a two-month Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) training program. U.S. Special Operations Forces will train Mozambican marines for two months to support Mozambique’s efforts to prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism.
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U.S. Africa Command forces conduct operational assessment in Timbuktu, Mali

11:10 PM3/19/2021
U.S. forces comprised of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Task Force Bayonet, and Southern European Task Force Africa civil affairs service members participate in a site assessment alongside French forces in Timbuktu, Mali, March 20, 2021. U.S. forces routinely conduct operational assessments across regions to prepare for contingencies, exercise readiness, and identify areas of improvement.
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U.S. Africa Command forces conduct operational assessment in Timbuktu, Mali

11:24 PM3/19/2021
U.S. Africa Command forces stationed in Djibouti conducted their second operational assessment in Mali March 19. The initial assessment was March 3 in Gao, Mali.
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U.S., Kenyan Air Forces hone C-145 capabilities

9:23 AM6/7/2021
After 3 months of training, U.S. Air Force Combat Aviation Advisors assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command Africa and Kenyan Air Force (KAF) partners completed a successful culmination exercise showcasing the wide range of capabilities the recently-acquired C-145 Combat Coyote will add to the KAF fleet. The engagement enabled a fully-trained flying crew - to include pilots, loadmasters, riggers and mechanics - proficient in operating and maintaining the C-145. The culmination of the training featured an exercise in all areas to include airdrop, medical evacuation, and short take-off and landing.
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U.S., Kenyan Air Forces hone C-145 capabilities

9:26 AM6/7/2021
The engagement enabled a fully-trained flying crew - to include pilots, loadmasters, riggers and mechanics - proficient in operating and maintaining the C-145.
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U.S., Kenyan Air Forces hone C-145 capabilities

9:51 AM6/7/2021
The engagement enabled a fully-trained flying crew - to include pilots, loadmasters, riggers and mechanics - proficient in operating and maintaining the C-145.
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Combined Joint Task Force - Horn

10:55 AM6/7/2021
U.S. Air Force combat aviation advisors assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command showcase Kenya’s newly acquired C-145 Skytruck to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyan officials in Nairobi, Kenya, May 12, 2021. The U.S. Air Force provided training in C-145 Skytruck flight and maintenance operations, as well as combat and survival training.
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USAF Combat Aviation Advisors provide C-145 training to Kenyan Air Force personnel during CULEX

10:57 AM6/7/2021
U.S. Air Force combat aviation advisors assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command and Kenyan Air Force aircrews and Rapid Response Units conduct personnel recovery training on Moi Air Base, Kenya, May 12, 2021. The U.S. Air Force provided training in C-145 Skytruck flight and maintenance operations, as well as combat and survival training.
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U.S. Army Special Forces conclude training with Nigeria Navy Special Boat Service

10:27 AM7/13/2021
The Joint Combined Exchange Training is part of a close and continuous military partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria spanning decades to strengthen defense ties and promote regional security.
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U.S. Army Special Forces conclude training with Nigeria Navy Special Boat Service

11:37 AM7/13/2021
Officers of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service completed a five-week Joint Combined Exchange Training alongside a team of U.S. Army Special Forces on July 8 in Lagos, Nigeria. The JCET is part of a close and continuous military partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria spanning decades to strengthen defense ties and promote regional security.
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U.S. Army Special Forces conclude training with Nigeria Navy Special Boat Service

11:38 AM7/13/2021
Officers of the Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service completed a five-week Joint Combined Exchange Training alongside a team of U.S. Army Special Forces on July 8 in Lagos, Nigeria. The JCET is part of a close and continuous military partnership between the U.S. and Nigeria spanning decades to strengthen defense ties and promote regional security.
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Special Operations Command Africa's new leader brings specific experience

3:40 PM7/13/2021
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, outgoing commander, U.S. Special Operation Command Africa, congratulates U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Milton Sands III, incoming commander, SOCAF, on his assumption of command July 1, 2021, at Kelly Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.
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Special Operations Command Africa's new leader brings specific experience

3:40 PM7/13/2021
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Milton Sands III, incoming commander, U.S. Special Operations Command Africa, hands the SOCAF flag to SOCAF Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Albaugh, SOCAF command sergeant major, as U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, outgoing commander, SOCAF, look on during the SOCAF change of command ceremony July 1, 2021, at Kelly Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.
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Special Operations Command Africa's new leader brings specific experience

3:40 PM7/13/2021
U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Milton J. Sands III, incoming commander, U.S. Special Operation Command Africa, speaks to SOCAF members during the change of command ceremony July 1, 2021, at Kelly Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.
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Special Operations Command Africa's new leader brings specific experience

3:40 PM7/13/2021
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, outgoing commander, U.S. Special Operation Command Africa, speaks to SOCAF members during the change of command ceremony July 1, 2021, at Kelly Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.
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Special Operations Command Africa's new leader brings specific experience

3:39 PM7/13/2021
“Thank you, thank you for making a difference, thank you for helping people to have a better life, thank you for helping them resist oppression. What we do matters, our small efforts have huge impact,” said Maj. Gen. Dagvin Anderson, outgoing commander, SOCAF.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

8:41 AM7/22/2021
U.S. and Côte d'Ivoirian special operations forces conduct joint combined exchange training in Côte d'Ivoire July 5, 2021. The teams focused on honing basic skills such as close quarters combat, first aid, mission planning and jungle warfare.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

8:41 AM7/22/2021
U.S. and Côte d'Ivoirian special operations forces conduct joint combined exchange training in Côte d'Ivoire July 5, 2021. The teams focused on honing basic skills such as close quarters combat, first aid, mission planning and jungle warfare.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

8:41 AM7/22/2021
U.S. and Côte d'Ivoirian special operations forces conduct joint combined exchange training in Côte d'Ivoire July 5, 2021. The teams focused on honing basic skills such as close quarters combat, first aid, mission planning and jungle warfare.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

8:41 AM7/22/2021
U.S. and Côte d'Ivoirian special operations forces conduct joint combined exchange training in Côte d'Ivoire July 5, 2021. The teams focused on honing basic skills such as close quarters combat, first aid, mission planning and jungle warfare.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

8:41 AM7/22/2021
U.S. and Côte d'Ivoirian special operations forces conduct a joint training culmination ceremony in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, July 8, 2021. The teams focused on honing basic skills such as close quarters combat, first aid, mission planning and jungle warfare.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

8:41 AM7/22/2021
Special Operations Command Africa forces concluded Joint Combined Exercise Training in Abidjan and Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire July 9, 2021. The team partnered with Côte d'Ivoire Forces Speciales Ivoirennes to hone special operations skills.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:02 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Moroccan special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training event July 19, 2021, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed in Morocco this year. Designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and partner forces, while also improving interoperability between nations, JCETs help set the foundation for sustainable and productive military relationships.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:02 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Moroccan special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training event July 19, 2021, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed in Morocco this year. Designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and partner forces, while also improving interoperability between nations, JCETs help set the foundation for sustainable and productive military relationships.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:02 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Moroccan special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training event July 19, 2021, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed in Morocco this year. Designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and partner forces, while also improving interoperability between nations, JCETs help set the foundation for sustainable and productive military relationships.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:02 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Moroccan special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training event July 19, 2021, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed in Morocco this year. Designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and partner forces, while also improving interoperability between nations, JCETs help set the foundation for sustainable and productive military relationships.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:02 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Moroccan special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training event July 19, 2021, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed in Morocco this year. Designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and partner forces, while also improving interoperability between nations, JCETs help set the foundation for sustainable and productive military relationships.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:02 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Moroccan special operations forces completed a Joint Combined Exchange Training event July 19, 2021, in Tangier, Morocco - the third JCET program executed in Morocco this year. Designed to enhance the readiness of U.S. and partner forces, while also improving interoperability between nations, JCETs help set the foundation for sustainable and productive military relationships.
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U.S., Moroccan special operations forces further strengthen security cooperation

11:01 AM7/23/2021
This Joint Combined Exchange Training, one of many exercises in Morocco designed to increase the U.S. and Moroccan security cooperation and interoperability, comes shortly after the 17th iteration of African Lion.
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U.S., Ivoirian special operations forces sharpen skills to counter violent extremists

11:06 AM7/23/2021
U.S. and Côte d'Ivoirian special operations forces conduct joint combined exchange training in Côte d'Ivoire July 5, 2021. The teams focused on honing basic skills such as close quarters combat, first aid, mission planning and jungle warfare.
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Press Release

Commander participates in Cutlass Express, JCET opening ceremonies during East Africa trip

12:00 AM7/30/2021
U.S. Africa Command leaders including U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, and U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, conducted a multi-national East Africa trip, visiting Kenya, Tanzania, Somalia and Djibouti from July 25-30.
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AFRICOM commander visit to Tanzania highlights security cooperation

3:08 PM7/30/2021
U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, conducted a two-day visit to Tanzania, July 27-28, where he met with senior defense officials and opened the first joint special forces training exercise between the two nations since 2017.
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AFRICOM commander visit to Tanzania highlights security cooperation

3:08 PM7/30/2021
U.S. Army General Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, conducted a two-day visit to Tanzania, July 27-28, where he met with senior defense officials and opened the first joint special forces training exercise between the two nations since 2017.
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