LOME, Togo – As part of African Deployment Partnership Training known as ADAPT, three U.S. Army Soldiers traveled to Lomé, Togo, to provide Phase II of Ground Training for 29 Togolese Defense Force personnel.
Capt. Brad Copas of U.S. Army Africa’s G-4 Logistics Directorate coordinated training with the assistance of two soldiers from Fort Riley, Kan., May 6-16.
“This was my third trip to provide ADAPT to the Togolese. Training was held at The Operations Training Center to Maintain Peace,” Copas said. “Phase II is a train-the-trainer segment of the ground course. It gives our Togolese partners the ability to train other soldiers as unit movement officers or UMOs,” Copas said.
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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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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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DOUALA, Cameroon – U.S. military members trained with counterparts from Cameroon and five other Central African countries on aerial resupply and medical readiness activities as part of Central Accord 2013.
The annual U.S. Army Africa exercise aims to enhance the African militaries’ self-sufficiency.
Hundreds of Cameroon military members, alongside U.S. and other Central Africa service members, are participating in the exercise to enhance the readiness of participating countries’ logistical and resupply capabilities as well as their ability to conduct aeromedical evacuations.
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Enjoying an afternoon of snow and sun, laughing children and smiling adults scatter along the sledding slop, whizzing down the hill or watching others go by in Garmisch, Germany. This past weekend 22 U.S. Army Africa couples and their 42 children went to Edelweiss Lodge and Resort for a Strong Bonds marriage retreat.
“This weekend put our lives on pause so we could breathe each other in again,” said Amiia Coffey, whose husband recently returned from deployment. “It let us step away from our crazy lives to focus on each other and how different we are.”
“Army leaders feel it is very important for Soldiers to have a strong marital relations and that’s why they fund this program,” said Chaplain (Col.) Jonathan McGraw.
The next USARAF couples retreat will be April 15-17. Strong Bonds programs are offered through the unit’s corresponding Chaplain’s office, said McGraw.
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Amb. Vicki Huddleston, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, talks in Bliss Hall Feb. 1 during the African Symposium at the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
The U.S. Army War College dedicated two days to bring together government, civilian and military experts to talk over the issues, challenges and potential success stories for the African continent during a regional symposium Feb. 1-2.
“This symposium was designed to shape and inform the discussion of the complex issues facing the African continent,” said Col. Tom Sheperd, U.S. Army War College director of African Studies. “The goal is to provide an exposure to some of the underlying key strategic factors that play a role in shaping the way the United States achieves its national interests in a regional context.”
The 197th Special Troops Company (A) hosted U.S. Army personnel along with counterparts from the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) Feb. 7-15 for aerial delivery system familiarization and operations in support of Atlas Drop 2011 exercise objectives.
Responsibility for the exercise transitioned to U.S. Africa Command in 2009.