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All about U.S. Army Africa

While approximately 2,000 people work for U.S. Africa Command, most military-to-military events, operations, and exercises with our African partner nations are executed by “components.” These components set the conditions for success of our security cooperation programs and activities on the continent. They perform detailed planning, provide essential command and control, establish and sustain relationships with our partners, and provide timely assessments. This week, we take a quick look at each of the components that work with U.S. Africa Command:

History U.S. Army Africa was created in 2008 out of the Southern European Task Force, which was formally activated in 1955. Read all about the history here.

Location The SETAF headquarters moved to Caserma Carlo Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, in 1965, where U.S. Army Africa is located today.

USARAF Those who work with U.S. Army Africa often call it by its abbreviation, USARAF — pronounced U-SIR-RAFF.

Staff About 500 personnel work at U.S. Army Africa.

Military-to-military events U.S. Army Africa sponsors events with African partners. One of the most recent involved two soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment, out of Fort Sill, Okla. They provided subject matter expert guidance on the artillery training on new M190A5 howitzers for the Moroccan 15th Royal Artillery Group. The artillery tactics exercise was held in the cities of Fes and Guercie, March 4-10, to help provide the Moroccan soldiers with training on the maintenance, safety and firing of the M109A5 system. Read more about the howitzer training.

Atlas Accord This multinational annual exercise was held this year in Mali, bringing together U.S. Army personnel and military members from our African partner nations. The exercise focused on enhancing air drop capabilities and ensuring effective delivery of military resupply materials and humanitarian aid. Learn more in our 10 Things about Atlas Accord blog post.

Leadership  Major General David R. Hogg has served as the commander of U.S. Army Africa since June 10, 2010. He was commissioned as an Armor Officer as a graduate from the United States Military Academy.  Major General Hogg was previously the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command – Afghanistan. Read more about his bio or watch a video of Major General Hogg talking about the importance of building strong relationships with our African partners.

Interested in learning more? Look through a list of recommended reading in the U.S. Army Africa Reading Room.

Fast facts: Medical Accord Central 12

Gabon Defense Forces Sgt. Maj. Nguema E. Clotaire, a flight surgeon, and 1st Lt. Jolin O. Sossa, a medical student, discuss military health care with U.S. Army Maj. Samuel Bayles, a psychiatrist with Co. A, 94th Combat Support Hospital, U.S. Army Reserve, during Medical Accord Central 12 in Libreville, Gabon.(Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Shane Hamann, 102d Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Mississippi Army National Guard.)

Medical Accord Central 12 is one of several annual exercises between the U.S. military and our African partners. Here are some fast facts courtesy of the U.S. Army’s daily news page and U.S. Army Africa, plus some links, to tell you more about this unique shared training.

Who:

Medical Accord Central 12 brings together a mix of U.S. military doctors, nurses, psychiatrists and other medical professionals with their counterparts from the Gabon Defence Force. Other African partner nations are also observing. U.S. participants include members of the Mississippi and Utah National Guard and Army Reservists from Arkansas and Texas, plus representatives from the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute in Texas. The annual training is hosted by U.S. Army Africa on behalf of U.S. Africa Command.

What:

Training and knowledge-sharing, with a focus on medical support to disaster response and humanitarian relief efforts. The exercise includes lectures, classes and hands-on training.  The event was planned jointly by the U.S. military and Gabon Defense Forces. Each partner leads different portions of the training.

Where:

Gabon, in Central Africa. Next year the exercise will take place in Angola.

When:

The exercise kicked off March 5 and runs through March 16. Planning started a year ago, including site surveys and rehearsals.

Why:

Not only does the exercise help both the U.S. and African medical units improve their skills and ability to support humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, it creates a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding between professional military organizations. Medical Accord Central 12, and exercises like it, ultimately contribute to a long-term vision of increased stability and security on the continent.

Links: 

U.S. Army Africa 

Utah National Guard

Mississippi National Guard

Medical Accord Central 12 helps in building partnerships

U.S. Army News From Africa 


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