Monthly Archives: December 2009

U.S. Army Africa officers mentoring in Ethiopia

Mentorship in Ethiopia offers low cost, high impact benefits

By Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – After spending a year mentoring Ethiopian officers, Lt. Col. Randy Torno jumped at the chance to extend his tour – remaining in the role he calls the most rewarding job he’s ever done.

Now he’s tackling his second year at the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College (EDCSC), a program that serves as a model for U.S. Army Africa partnership on the continent.

“With a small investment, the salary of a few colonels, this type of engagement is having a profound effect on the capability of our Ethiopian partners,” Torno said. “We’re making a difference by helping Ethiopians shape the future of their professional military.”

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New Video! AFN’s Master Sgt. Chris Eder covers U.S. Army Africa officers mentoring in Ethiopia

Ethiopian veterans share Korean experience with U.S. Army instructors

By Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Africa

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – U.S. Army Africa officers assigned to the Ethiopian Defense Command and Staff College (EDCSC), recently spent an afternoon with veterans of the Kagnew Battalion – an Ethiopian unit that fought alongside U.S. troops during the Korean War.

Meeting with members of the Ethiopians’ Korea War Veterans Association was the start of a friendship that will continue to grow, said Lt. Col Randy Torno, who helped organized a tour in early November of the veterans museum and memorial, tucked inside a park within the Ethiopian capital.

Torno and a team of U.S. Army officers teach at the EDCSC and mentor Ethiopian military instructors. The break from the classroom offered the U.S. Soldiers a glimpse at an often forgotten chapter in military history, Torno said.

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U.S. Army Africa discussion in Algiers, Algeria with Land Forces, Armée Nationale Populaire

Algeria talks geared at building relationships for future partnerships

By Rick Scavetta, U.S. Army Africa

ALGIERS, Algeria – Senior U.S. Army Africa leaders recently held talks with their Algerian counterparts to discuss future military partnership events.

The Land Forces, Armée Nationale Populaire, hosted the discussions in the Algerian capital during early December.

The main goal was to build a rapport between senior Army leaders from both countries and map out a way forward, said Col. Peter Aubrey, director of U.S. Army Africa’s security cooperation section.

Read more about U.S. Army Africa at: http://www.usaraf.army.mil

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NCO mentors medics during Liberia Security Sector Reform

CAREYSBURG, Liberia – When villagers near Camp Sandi Ware told medics that a six-year-old boy was severely burned by pot of boiling water, Sgt. 1st Dedraf Blash joined Armed Forces of Liberia medics to assist.

The AFL effort was a good way for the Liberian military to show local people that they are there to help, said Blash, a senior U.S. Army Africa NCO who recently spent three months in Liberia where she wore two hats – mentoring both medical soldiers and females serving within the Liberian ranks.

Blash is the first female NCO from U.S. Army Africa to take part in the Liberia Security Sector Reform program, a U.S. State Department-led effort to help build leadership capacity within Liberia’s military – a force recently reestablished after years of civil war.

Read more about U.S. Army Africa Soldiers at http://www.usaraf.army.mil

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U.S. Army Africa medical officer share ideas with Moroccan counterparts

U.S. Army Africa medical officer share ideas with Moroccan counterparts

RABAT, Morocco – A U.S. Army Africa medical team spent a week sharing casualty evacuation procedures with members of the Moroccan military.

The program was billed as a military familiarization event, but felt more like a conference where ideas were exchanged, said Maj. James Hayes, 41, from Thief River Falls, Minn., a medical service corps officer assigned to USARAF’s surgeon’s office.

The weeklong program, which wrapped up Dec. 5, was planned through the U.S. Embassy in Morocco and coordinated through U.S. Africa Command, USARAF’s higher headquarters.

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Headquarters Support Company earns supply excellence award 091207

Stocking supplies may not be the most glamorous job the Army offers. But when done well, it deserves recognition.
That’s why U.S. Army Europe recognized supply Soldiers from U.S. Army Africa’s Headquarters Support Company – selecting the unit for the 2010 Supply Excellence Award (SEA). The Soldiers will receive the USAREUR award in March.
Before that, they face a Department of the Army evaluation team from Fort Lee, VA, who will conduct a stringent inspection in mid-December for Army-level award consideration.

More on this and new photos at http://www.usaraf.army.mil

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Uganda logistics capabilities enhanced through U.S. Army Africa mentorship

Thirteen troops from the Uganda Peoples Defence Force earned entry-level certification in aircraft load planning following a recent U.S. Army Africa-led mentorship program.

The UPDF Soldiers underwent the U.S. Air Mobility Command (AMC) air load planners’ course during an Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team (ADAPT) program. Ugandan soldiers and airmen attended the three-week course, which wrapped up Nov. 4 following Natural Fire 10.

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