Monthly Archives: May 2010

African Land Forces Summit closing ceremony [broadcast]

The historic, inaugural African Land Forces Summit is quickly coming to an end. After a week of great discussion, intense panels, and meetings of international minds, US Army Africa will bring you the the final touches of a conference that will, undoubtedly, go down in history.

Simply click here and be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be on the ground floor of newly minted relationships that will carry humanity into the future.

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African delegates address security challenges – African Land Forces Summit – US Army Africa 11 May 2010

African delegates address security challenges

By Staff Sgt. John T. Crankshaw III, U.S. Army

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The theme of Tuesday afternoon’s discussions at the African Land Forces Summit focused on the myriad of security challenges on the continent with causes ranging from violent extremism to climate change.

Guest speaker Dr. Jeffrey Herbst, Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Miami University, provided the summit’s 31 delegations with an overview of historical trends on continental security, stability, and politics.

“After 1986, the African continent has experienced an increasing tempo of domestic conflicts and peacekeeping through increased militarization,” Herbst said.

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African Land Forces Summit delegates tour Pentagon

By Sgt. Wayne Woolley

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of 78 senior African military leaders from more than two dozen countries visited the Pentagon today on the opening of the inaugural African Land Forces Summit, a five-day conference to advance security, stability and peace on the continent.

Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr., director of the U.S Army staff, told the African leaders their decision to attend the summit will help their American military counterparts better understand the challenges African military leaders face.

“You give us a wonderful perspective. We can learn what matters to people across the continent, from Senegal to Sierra Leone,” Huntoon said.

He added that relationships they build at the summit with fellow African leaders and members of the American military will prove invaluable when they return to their home countries.

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African Land Forces Summit delegates tour Pentagon

By Sgt. Wayne Woolley

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A group of 78 senior African military leaders from more than two dozen countries visited the Pentagon today on the opening of the inaugural African Land Forces Summit, a five-day conference to advance security, stability and peace on the continent.

Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr., director of the U.S Army staff, told the African leaders their decision to attend the summit will help their American military counterparts better understand the challenges African military leaders face.

“You give us a wonderful perspective. We can learn what matters to people across the continent, from Senegal to Sierra Leone,” Huntoon said.

He added that relationships they build at the summit with fellow African leaders and members of the American military will prove invaluable when they return to their home countries.

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Casey opens inaugural African Land Forces Summit

By Sgt. Wayne Woolley, U.S. Army

WASINGTON, D.C. – Gen. George W. Casey, U.S. Army Chief of Staff, on Monday night welcomed nearly 100 senior military leaders from nations across the African continent to the inaugural African Land Forces Summit.

Casey told the leaders the five-day summit is the latest in a series of efforts to assist African nations as they work to form partnerships to foster stability and peace on the continent.

He said the establishment of the U.S. Africa Command in 2007 and then U.S. Army Africa last year is “an indicator of our long-term interest in the militaries on the African continent.”

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Live stream from the African Land Forces Summit

Today marks a special day in history. It is the first day of the inaugural African Land Forces Summit (ALFS). Starting at 530 pm EST, US Army Africa will broadcast the event live through Ustream.

Forty-four nations from the continent of Africa have been invited to convene with the top generals in the United States Army to build and strengthen relationships between the two continents. This year’s inaugural ALFS marks the start of an ongoing conversation that is part of a biennial summit that will alternate between the U.S.A. and Africa.

Tonight, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, Gen. George W. Casey, will kick off the conference with his opening address at 530 PM EST.

Join us as we begin what promises to be an exciting and thought provoking week.

To view the live broadcast of the opening address and for more information on the African Land Forces Summit, visit click here.

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General history

Brig. Gen. Kestoria Kabia (far right) is Maj. Gen. Alfrea Claude Nelson-Williams' (second from left) righthand woman.

This week, in Chantilly, Va., some of the major military leaders from the continent of Africa and from the U.S. Army will convene for the purpose of building relationship and discuss capacity building. The African Land Forces Summit is the first of its kind, but that is not the only historic event of this occasion.

Maj. Gen. Alfrea Claude Nelson-William, chief of defense staff of Sierra Leone, one of the most progressive leaders in any African armed force, appointed Brig. Gen. Kestoria Kabia, the first female general in any armed force in Africa, to be in charge of training, education, recruitment and promotions.

We have the honor of hosting her for ALFS, and we will let you be privy to her story in just a little bit. Please check back to the site for a full feature one Brig. Gen. Kestoria Kabia.

Check back with the blog for a full feature about her, and her trip into history.

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