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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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


U.S. Army Africa 

Utah National Guard

Mississippi National Guard

Medical Accord Central 12 helps in building partnerships

U.S. Army News From Africa 

10 Things About Atlas Accord 2012

BT-67 air drop during Atlas Accord 2012

MOPTI, MALI -- A Malian Air Force BT-67 drops helicopter boxes as part of aerial re-supply training during operation Atlas Accord near Mopti, Mali on Feb. 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Henderson)

1. The Atlas Accord is an annual exercise that brings together U.S. Army personnel with militaries in Africa.

2. More than 300 military members and seven nations joined the exercise this year from Feb. 7 to 15, 2012.

3. Last year, Uganda hosted the exercise, which was called Atlas Drop.

4. Atlas Accord 2012 focused on enhancing air drop capabilities and ensures effective delivery of military resupply materials and humanitarian aid.

5. The learning goes both ways. “I learned they do a lot with a little. I don’t know how they handle trauma situations but, it’s impressive how they do it,” said Staff Sergeant Anthony P. Baca, an 807th MDSC Army healthcare specialist.

There have been challenges, but the Malians were very resourceful, said U.S. Army Capt. Bob V. Luthor from Huntington, W. Va., a team leader with Co. C, 2nd Bn., 19th SFG (Abn.). They removed a second set of pilot flight controls from one of the smaller aircraft to fit the supplies and personnel to drop them.

A cordon set up during Atlas Accord 2012

MOPTI, MALI — A Malian airmen set up a cordon around a helicopter box as part of the air drop recovery training with the 2/19th Special Forces as part of operation Atlas Accord 2012, near Mopti, Mali on Feb. 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Henderson)

6. African troops learned how to secure a drop zone in adverse conditions.  “The training was really interesting,” said Malian Army Sgt. Oumar Traore, as airborne infantryman.

“The 19th SFG taught us to set-up the operational readiness platform, to send out reconnaissance patrols, and establish security at the drop zone. We’ve learned how to conduct these operations under any circumstances. This exercise also helps us work with troops from other nations,” he said.

7. Atlas Accord also included a medical component. “We are training with the Malian medical personnel on different types of equipment that include cervical braces, finger splints, ring cutters, pressure bandages, back boards and more,” said Maj. Dean A. Nelson, a family physician and Wendell, Idaho native assigned to the 328th CSH, 807th MDSC.

MOPTI, MALI — U.S. Army Maj. Dean A. Nelson, 807th Medical Deployment Support Command, Fort Douglas, Utah, and Wendell, Idaho native, explains the use of a battery powered cauterizer pen to Malian Medical Defense Forces Col. Youssouf Treore, in Mopti, Mali, Feb. 7. The 807th MDSC were in Mali as medical support during Atlas Accord 12. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kimberly Trumbull)

8. The U.S. medics are also training, in a sense, on how to be better trainers. “The training will help our medics become better since they are teaching the Malians through interpreters and have to move slowly and ensure they are understood; it gives them a better understanding of the training they are providing,” said Lt. Col. David H. Moikeha, an emergency physician, and Coppell, Texas native, assigned to the 94th Combat Support Hospital, 807th MDSC.

 9. Thanks to the exercise, the Malian military will be able to improve its trauma care. “We receive so much trauma from highway accidents, military and civilian,” said Malian Army Col. Youssouf Treore, commander of the medical detachment in Mopti. “The equipment we have will help us care for the trauma patients we receive at our level.”

10. The exercise’ impact will reach far beyond February 2012. The pathfinder training during Atlas Accord 12 can potentially help future joint operations between partner nations to deliver humanitarian supplies safely to those in need.

— Compiled from various reports, including from Utah Army National Guard, Soldiers Radio News, U.S. Army Africa, AFRICOM, and others.

Interested in learning more? Check out:

Radio report on Atlas Accord from Soldiers Radio News (MP3)

Overview at the Close of Atlas Accord from Soldiers Radio News
Troops train on 4 aerial delivery systems
Training on FARP(Forward Arming and Refueling Point), as easy-access point in austere conditions (video)

U.S., Malian military medics train to save lives
Pathfinders ‘get the goods’

U.S. Africa Command Inspector General Conference

On 4/1/2010 1:20:31 PM Christine M. Byrne, chief of IG Outreach wrote:

Group photo of the IG Conference participants in front of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Group photo of the IG Conference participants in front of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana

Between 23 and 25 March 2010, U.S. Africa Command held its first Inspector General (IG) Conference at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. The conference was hosted by the Command’s Inspector General, Colonel Ronald Baldinger, and the Commands Chief of IG Outreach, Christine Byrne, from the U.S. Agency for International Developments Office of Inspector General.

The stated conference goals were to:

  • Enhance the understanding of how Inspectors General serve as a sound construct for defense oversight and for strengthening confidence, morale and trust within a military service.
  • Develop a basic understanding of several functions of Inspectors General within a select number of countries and organizations.
  • Enhance the understanding of how corruption influences government’s ability to care for and protect its people, and how Inspectors General can assist in fighting corruption within the Military.
  • Develop a basic understanding of United States government ethics and standards of conduct required for its public servants and officials, and how these standards contribute to the above goals.

Conference participants included senior military leaders and inspectors general from 21 African nations located throughout the continent. Representatives from U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and the Utah National Guard, as well as the principal deputy for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General, Ms. Lynne Halbrooks, provided presentations on the U.S. Inspector General system within the U.S. military and the Department of Defense.

Colonel Nicolas Casanova from the French Inspection Generale des Armees (IGA) spoke about the French Inspector General System. In addition, several thought-provoking presentations on the impact of corruption in Africa and anticorruption efforts being taken within the continent were provided by representatives from the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption, the Anticorruption Commission of Sierra Leone, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Initial feedback from participants was extremely positive. In fact, several participants requested future conferences and training on the topic of Inspectors General to enhance and further develop the IG functions within their own country. The conference highlight was the closing address by the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, General William “Kip” Ward, who spoke to the great value of Inspectors General and his experiences with them throughout his career. IGs, in whatever function or capacity, have a great impact on the success of the organizations that they are associated with. I’ve always known this and am glad that it is being embraced more and more by our partners. After all, IGs really are here to help!!

Panel of speakers at the IG Conference

Panel of speakers at the IG Conference

General William E. Ward speaking at the IG conference

General William E. Ward speaking at the IG conference

AFRICOM AOR-related news clips for 15 January 2010

Recent articles on Somalia, Uganda, Guinea, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Kenya, Morocco, Sudan, Mozambique, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo:

U.S Africa Command: U.S. Army Africa adds two general officers

Vicenza, (Stars and Stripes) – U.S. Army Africa has added Brig. Gen. David Elmo and Brig. Gen. Isaac Osborne to its ranks. Both will serve as deputies to Maj. Gen. William Garrett.

 Somalia: Ould-Abdallah: Somali extremists pose threat to neighbouring countries

UNITED NATIONS, (KUNA) — UN Special representative for Somalia Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah warned late Thursday that the security crisis in Somalia is no longer regional and that the extremists, who include a number of very-well funded foreigners, pose a threat to neighboring countries.

Somalia: British Minister Meets Somali President in Kenya

Nairobi, (Shabelle) — The Foreign Office Minister for Africa, Baroness Glenys Kinnock, is visiting Kenya between 13 and 15 January for wide-ranging discussions on bilateral and regional issues with members of Government, Parliament and civil society.

 Somalia: 35 died in 4 days of Somalia battles

Mogadishu, (Gulf times) -The pro-government Ahlu Suna Waljama group has been battling insurgent group Hizb ul-Islam in the town of Beledweyene.

Uganda: Anti-Terror Force Arrest 15 Ethiopians with forged passports

Kampala, (allAfrica) – The Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force (JATT) has arrested 15 Ethiopians who attempted to travel to Rwanda early this week.

East Africa: Pirate Attacks Rise to Six-Year High

Sea attacks world-wide surged 39% in 2009 to 406 cases, the highest in six years, with Somali pirates’ raids on vessels accounting for more than half of the piracy.

Guinea: US hopes Guinea coup leader will stay in Burkina Faso

Conakry, (News Meat) – The United States is hoping Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore will persuade the leader of a military coup in Guinea against returning home, a senior State Department official told AFP.

Guinea: Guinean coup leader Camara called to return  

Conakry, (BBC) – Capt Moussa Dadis Camara seized power in Guinea in December 2008 .

Somalia: Italy to fund Somali government ministries

Mogadishu, (AP) – Italy will fund the operations of key ministries of the fragile Somali government battling a long-running Islamic insurgency, the Italian foreign minister said on Thursday.

Nigeria: Nigeria court hears lawsuits over leader’s absence

ABUJA, (AP) – Nigerian lawyers who want the country’s ill president temporarily replaced went to court Thursday.

Nigeria: Expats’ kidnappers demand US $2 million ransom

ABUJA, (Afriquejet) – The kidnappers of four expatriate workers in Nigeria have demanded a ransom of 300 million naira (US$2 million) to effect their release, the police said.

AU: Treaty for common defence, a decisive step towards single African army

Addis Ababa, (Afriquejet) – The coming into force of the treaty of common defense for African Union countries, and the beginning of the application of the binding clauses for the implementation of that treaty announced on 1 January 2010 by AU Commission, are seen as concrete steps towards a single African army.

SA: SADC leaders urge world to shun Madagascar leader

JOHANNESBURG, (Reuters) – Southern African leaders urged the international community on Thursday to reject plans by Madagascar’s military-backed Andry Rajoelina to ignore power-sharing talks and hold an election.

Tunisia: Tunisian president reshuffles government

TUNIS, (Reuters) – Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali appointed new finance, defence and foreign affairs ministers in a major reshuffle of his government, the official TAP news agency reported on Thursday.

Kenya: Kenyan flood death toll rises to 38: Red Cross

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Floods in Kenya after heavy rains have killed 38 people and forced more than 40,000 from their homes, the Red Cross said on Thursday.

Morocco: Morocco calls on relieving fishermen from strict EU measures

RABAT, (KUNA) — Moroccan authorities called on Spain and the EU to come up with a solution for hurdles of which Moroccan fishermen are facing due to the implementation of EU’s fishing regulations, Moroccan media said Thursday

Kenya: Mombasa Port Joins U.S. War on Terrorism

Nairobi, (Business Daily) – Mombasa has become the first regional port to be included in the Megaports programme initiated by the US government in 2003 to secure world ports from threats by terrorism.

Africa: Global War on Terror and the Africa Link

New Delhi, India (Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses) – The rise of African Muslim extremists has caused concern in the international community. 

Sudan: Clashes in Darfur as Elections Raise Tensions

Darfur, (Voice of America) – Armed clashes have re-emerged in western Sudan’s Darfur region, with the Darfur rebel Sudan Liberation Movement group attacking government positions at Golo town in the mountainous Jebel Marra region in north Darfur. 

Mozambique: Mozambique’s Guebuza sworn in for second term

Maputo, (Yahoo) – Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, who has promised to relax foreign investment rules and push ahead with economic reforms, was sworn in for his second term Thursday and said fighting poverty, was his priority.

Africa: News by Region 

  • Somali Government needs more coordinated, effective support – UN envoy
  • Ban encourages Ivorian parties to complete tasks ahead of March polls
  • Additional UN peacekeepers requested ahead of Côte d’Ivoire elections
  • Massive refugee influx from DR Congo straining neighbours’ resources – UN
  • Surge in fighting uproots more Somalis, reports UN refugee agency

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