29 Dec '16, 10pm

New in 2017: Bigger exercises, more engagements in Africa

The Army will continue to grow its partnerships in Africa, especially as the continent continues to grapple with threats from terror groups such as Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and the Islamic State. On any given day, about 2,000 U.S. soldiers are deployed to Africa to conduct theater security cooperation activities, train with African partners and participate in exercise. In 2017, much of that work will be done by soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, as the unit is regionally-aligned with U.S. Army Africa. Last year, soldiers from 2nd BCT, 3rd Infantry Division, rotated in and out of the continent for exercises large and small, ranging from Central Accord, U.S. Army Africa’s largest exercises to date on the continent, to small, military-to-military engagements. Leaders expect a similar level of activity for soldiers from th...

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/articles/new-in-2017-bigger-exe...

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