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    U.S. Africa Command’’s Exercise Justified Accord 2023 Begins in Kenya

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    NAIROBI, Kenya—Justified Accord is U.S. Africa Command’s largest exercise in East Africa. Led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), this multinational exercise brings together more than 20 countries from four continents to increase partner readiness for peacekeeping missions, crisis response and humanitarian assistance.​​

    From Feb. 10-23, approximately 1,000 participants will take part in various events, primarily based in Nairobi and Isiolo, Kenya, with spoke locations in Uganda, Djibouti and Somalia.

    JA23 features a Staff Officer Course, a multinational live-fire field training exercise, humanitarian assistance projects, as well as defensive cyber exercises. This is the first year cyber has been incorporated into the exercise series.

    “Justified Accord showcases the desire of U.S. and partner nations to increase readiness and interoperability when it comes to regional security and crisis response,” said Mr. F. Austin Blessard, SETAF-AF lead exercise planner for JA23.

    Several U.S. Army forward-deployed units will participate in the exercise, including the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade, the 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment and the 352nd Civil Affairs Command.

    Additionally, the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program (SPP) will be featured throughout JA23.

    Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard share an SPP relationship with the Kenyan Defence Forces and are tasked with providing logistical and sustainment support for exercise participants.

    “We’re extremely grateful for our hosts in Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and Somalia,” said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Patrick Thibodeau, deputy commanding general of SETAF-AF. “It’s exciting to witness the military readiness and capabilities of a truly multinational force, all showcased right here in East Africa at Justified Accord.”

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    SETAF-AF is responsible for coordinating all U.S. Army activities in Africa in support of U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Europe and Africa. Activities include military readiness exercises across the continent, hundreds of security force assistance engagements, crisis response and enduring posture support. These engagements strengthen partner networks in Africa, build partner capacity against regional and global security threats, and provide strategic access for U.S. forces in contingency operations.



    Date Taken: 02.09.2023
    Date Posted: 02.09.2023 13:04
    Story ID: 438183
    Location: NAIROBI, KE 
    Hometown: STUTTGART, BW, DE
    Hometown: VICENZA, IT
    Hometown: FORT LIBERTY, NC, US

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