Monthly Archives: April 2013

USARAF Soldier is mentor for Senate Youth Program

VICENZA, Italy – Ever since he joined the Army, Maj. Sidney M. Cobb has taken the time to volunteer or mentor students and Soldiers. Cobb’s dedication and passion for helping others landed him the honor of being selected as one of 17 military mentors for the 51st Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C March 9-16.

Cobb, an environmental science engineering and force health protection officer for U.S. Army Africa, said nominees were evaluated on leadership skills, military career, educational background and history of working with youth groups.

“I hope my record reflects my desire to always uphold the highest standards of the Army and Medical Service Corps and to continue with what I believe is my inherent role as a mentor. I am extremely delighted and ultimately humbled by my selection through this highly competitive and rigorous screening process. When I looked at my fellow military mentors, I am truly honored to stand out amongst my peers and be recognized for my involvement with youth programs,” Cobb, an Atlanta, Ga. native, said.

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Science advisor helps create new technologies for Soldiers

VICENZA, Italy – As worldwide technologies are constantly changing and updating, the U.S. Army does its part to keep up with these changes. What some may not know is the Army has a tool that gives commands access to these new technologies or helps them create something entirely new.

Hassan Azzam, science and technology advisor for U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), has served as an Army civilian for the past 15 years with the Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM).

Azzam’s key role is to provide commanders immediate access to labs and centers in RDECOM; cover capabilities and material gaps; help different combatant commands demonstrate rapid solutions to improve performance, readiness, safety, training and cost savings; and serve as a communications link on technology issues between Soldiers and the materiel development community.

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USARAF Soldiers help integrate women into Botswana military

VICENZA, Italy – Recently, the U.S. Army dropped the ban on women in combat arms military occupation specialties, which was a huge step forward for women in the military. As the U.S. Army takes a bold move with dropping the ban, the Botswana Defense Force is making similar personnel changes by having a Woman’s Integration working group to allow Botswanan females a chance to be enlisted soldiers within the BDF.

During the working group, Col. Sara V. Simmons, U.S. Army Africa G1 director, and Sgt. Maj. Carolina D. Johnson, USARAF equal opportunity sergeant major, traveled to the BDF Headquarters from April 5 through 12 to share their successes and also some of the challenges women currently still have in the U.S. Army.

“We went down to talk with members of the BDF to establish a women’s integration work group that consisted of about 35 males and females. The leadership wanted to have enlisted females a part of BDF. Currently [there are only female] officers. When you integrate females into a force, you’re going to make sure that integration is seamless and it doesn’t disrupt the balance or the morale of current force,” Simmons, a Johns Island, S.C. native said.

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USARAF chaplains highlight combat stress, suicide prevention during seminar in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia – Stress from combat and constant operations has been a bane of soldiering since the advent of organized warfare.

Recently, U.S. Army Africa’s Chap. (Col.) Jonathan McGraw and Sgt 1st Class Ryan Cook presented a week-long seminar addressing the affects of combat and operational stress as well as suicide prevention.

McGraw and Cook worked with eight chaplains and 18 chaplain’s assistants in Windhoek, Namibia at the request of the Namibian Defense Forces.

According to NDF Chief of Chaplains, Lt. Col. Nangula Kathima, suicide among troops is a growing challenge as is combat stress.

“We very much appreciate the suicide prevention and combat stress training,” Kathima said. “The concepts and practical exercises were well presented during the event.”

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USARAF chaplain, medical experts provide resiliency seminars in Burundi

BUJUMBURA, The Republic Burundi – U.S. Army Africa Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Sid Taylor and Lt. Col. Graeme Bicknell from U.S. Army Medical Command recently traveled to Burundi to provide resiliency training. Seminars were modeled after the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, a comprehensive approach to taking care of soldiers.

Taylor and Bicknell presented the week-long program to 31 Burundi personnel that included two chaplains, two psychologists and 27 medical staff.

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U.S. Army Africa Inspector General Soldiers travel to Liberia

CAMP SANDEE WARE, Liberia – Recently, a two-man traveling contact team (TCT) from U.S. Army Africa Inspector General’s Office shared professional knowledge with 18 officers and NCOs of Armed Forces of Liberia during a week-long engagement.

At the request of the AFL, Capt. James Watson and Sgt. 1st Class Bobby Conn journeyed to Camp Sandee Ware, near Monrovia, Liberia, to assist in development of an Inspector General cell.

According to Watson, AFL is a relatively newly formed and compact organization.

“AFL is about eight years old and they are standing up their first IG cell,” Watson said. “The Republic of Liberia is a small West African nation with a young and ambitious armed force. AFL is an evolving and developing organization. This was the fourth USARAF IG TCT visit to Liberia and our goals included reviewing and helping AFL to refine their newly drafted IG doctrine.”

In the U.S. Army, the Office of the Inspector General assists commanders in determining the state of discipline, efficiency and other areas of concern. Often they are asked to work as a problem-solving and impartial fact-finding agency with the objective of helping Soldiers, Families and civilians resolve issues of concern, impropriety or wrongdoing. An IG office is often the place where complaints from these stake-holders are received, investigated and resolved.

 

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U.S. Army Africa team facilitates intelligence course in Democratic Republic of Congo

ourneyed to The Democratic Republic of the Congo to run a three-week Basic Intelligence Course for 29 members of the Forces Armées de la République Démocratique du Congo known as FARDC.

USARAF’s Lt. Col. Chris Dillard and Master Sgt. Frederick Blackburn conducted the course with assistance of two French interpreters at FARDC’s advanced military school group known as Groupement des Ecoles Supérieures Militaires or GESM near Kinshasa. Dillard and Blackburn are part of the security cooperation section of USARAF’s G-2, Intelligence Directorate.

“As part of security cooperation and assistance, we worked with a group of FARDC military personnel to show them the basics of information collection and analysis and how it can be used by their commanders to support decision they make,” Dillard said.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in Equatorial Africa and has a land mass roughly equal to one-quarter of the U.S. It is a former French colony with the official language being French.

French-fluent instructors from the Regional Joint Intelligence Training Facility, Molesworth, United Kingdom, ensured a smooth flow of course work. Papa Sall, lead instructor, and Garry Blood worked along with Dillard and Blackburn to provided blocks of instruction on writing for intelligence reports, intelligence preparation of the environment, information collection management, as well as intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance known as ISR.

 

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