Closing Ceremony – Natural Fire 10

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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