PHOTO: Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III (right), U.S. Army Africa commanding general and exercise director, discusses the overall success of Natural Fire 10 with Brig. Gen. Silver Kayemba, exercise deputy director , Ugandan People’s Defense Force.
Natural Fire 10: Joint multinational exercise ends with strong emphasis on partnership, cooperation
By Sgt. Maj. Kimberly Williams
U.S. Army Africa
ENTEBBE, Uganda – Bringing more than 1,200 soldiers and civilians from six countries together for an exercise in Africa is an immense undertaking, and at the closing ceremony Oct. 25 in Kitgum, Uganda, Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III, U.S. Army Africa commanding general, declared Exercise Natural Fire 10 a success.
“Ten days ago, I stood here and welcomed everyone to Natural Fire 10,” Garrett said. “Since then, we came together as friends and partners, and I am absolutely amazed at what has been accomplished by all the participants.”
Led by US Army Africa, this was the largest joint and multinational exercise in the AFRICOM area of responsibility in 2009. The primary exercise site was a remote and austere post-conflict region of northern Uganda, just south of Sudan.
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KITGUM, Uganda – Senior enlisted advisors from the United States and five partner nations in Exercise Natural Fire 10 took advantage of the opportunity to sit down and talk with Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Ripka, senior enlisted advisor for U.S. Africa Command, during his visit to Task Force Kitgum.
The representatives from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States, enjoyed the opportunity to sit and talk to each other about their families and careers, continuing the important partnership building that has been going on throughout the exercise.
The group included Warrant Officer Class 2 Angelina Mahawa of Tanzania, Warrant Officer Class 1 Charles Okello and Warrant Officer Class 1 Sam Bakaise of Uganda; Warrant Officer Class 2 David Kalimba of Rwanda; Warrant Officer Class 2 Ibraham Robow of Kenya; Warrant Officer Class 2 Serpe Nijungeko of Burundi; and and Command Sgt. Major Lance Rygmyr of the United States.
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ENTEBBE, Uganda – Capacity building is a top priority for U.S. Army Africa. Therefore, during a visit to Rwanda and Burundi Oct. 19-20, Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III and Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Bronson, the command team for U.S. Army Africa, seized the opportunity to see Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance sites in both countries.
KITGUM, Uganda – When Staff Sgt. John Okumu joined the U.S. Army nearly five years ago, he never dreamed he would one day deploy to Africa, the continent he once called home.
WASHINGTON, DC – Sunday, 4 October, 2009 – Two running teams representing U.S. Army Africa finished in the top ten percent of the more than 500 teams competing in the 25th Annual Army Ten-Miler this morning.
US Army Africa’s interactive exhibit is located at booth #3832