Monthly Archives: May 2013

USARAF G-5 rides into Italian history

SOLFERINO, Italy – While looking down from a museum tower, members of U.S. Army Africa’s G-5 directorate stare at the amazing panoramic view of the small town of Solferino, Italy. It was hard to believe that on this spot 154 years ago, more than 4,000 French, Italian and Austrian soliders were killed and tens of thousands wounded in the second largest land battle fought in Europe, leading to Italian unification and independence.

La Spia d’Italia tower, also known as the “spyhole of Italy,” nicknamed due to its considerable height of 190 feet and its strategic position dominating the surrounding area, was a distinctive symbol during the Battle of Solferino and San Martino of the 1859 War of Independence campaign, which was the topic of the first G5 staff ride May 22.

Lt. Col. Thomas F. Talley, USARAF G5 chief of strategy, policy and programs, said learning about the battle is a useful tool for teaching important and relevant lessons whether they pertain to the dynamics of campaign planning, tactics, logistics or simply to understand his Soldiers.

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JHOC focuses on inter-agency cooperation

VICENZA, Italy – Whether natural or man-made, disasters can happen anytime – anywhere.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is an agency that deals with deadly disasters worldwide. With global logistics and transportation capabilities, the U.S. military often assists in USAID disaster relief operations.

Angela Sherbenou, USAID senior humanitarian adviser at U.S. Army Africa Command, gave 29 U.S. Army Africa Soldiers and civilians the low-down on Joint Humanitarian Operations (JHOC), May 14-15.

“This program was created at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense,” said Sherbenou. “The reason being, it’s not a question of if….it’s a question of when will we work together during disaster relief operations. That’s why it’s a joint operations course.”

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‘Dagger University’ prepares Soldiers for missions to Africa

Fort Riley, Kan. – Soldiers with 2nd ‘Dagger’ Armored Brigade Combat Team have known about their regional alignment with the continent of Africa for a while now, but that doesn’t mean the excitement of the unique mission-set has worn off, especially with some Soldiers having gone and come back after successfully completing their mission.

“All of it has been very positive so far,” said Col. Jeffery Broadwater, commander of 2nd ABCT. “The countries that we’ve been in, the [host nation security force] Soldiers have been very positive and really appreciated the support and classes we were instructing—we’ve got great rapport-building and I think we’ve probably made some lifelong friendships along the way.”

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Road to Africa begins in Italy for NY Army National Guard

VICENZA, Italy – To prepare for participation for Exercise Central Accord 14, 369th Sustainment Brigade Commander Col. Reginald Sanders from New York Army National Guard traveled to Vicenza, Italy recently to share lessons learned from their participation in last year’s Central Accord (CA13) in Cameroon.

Sanders and four of his key leaders joined 11 officers from eight partner nations and organizations to share lessons learned from CA13 at a conference conducted by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)

“This is an opportunity to look at what we accomplished earlier this year and improve on the processes we used,” said Jerry Madden, USARAF planning officer for Central Accord 14.

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Nigeria Chief of Army Staff visits U. S. Army Africa

VICENZA, Italy – As part of U.S. Army Africa’s engagement strategy, Nigerian Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika visited USARAF, May 7-9, to meet with key leaders to see how USARAF command operates and to discuss the way forward.

USARAF leaders briefed Ihejirika on the command’s mission, its ongoing partnerships with African land forces to foster securing, stability and peace on the African continent. During his three-day visit, Ihejirika also toured Caserma Ederle and received a capabilities demonstration from the USARAF Expeditionary Command Post and Mission Command Training Center.

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