Exercise Flintlock

  • Feb- 2019 -
    5 February
    Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, Commanding General, District of Columbia National Guard and Brig. Gen. Moses Miningou the Chief of General Staff for the National Armed Forces of Burkina Faso, participate in a formal signing ceremony

    Burkina Faso and DC National Guard sign counter-terror partnership

    The District of Columbia National Guard and Armed Forces of Burkina Faso concluded a formal partnership to develop the African nation’s counter-terrorism and peacekeeping capacities as part of the U.S. National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership program. Burkina Faso is the 76th country to join the program, which will focus on building its security force capabilities, the D.C. National Guard said on February 3. The partnership will include “mission areas related to homeland defense and security, disaster mitigation and response, consequence and crisis management, inter-agency cooperation, border, port and aviation security, fellowship-style internships, and combat medical events” similar to the existing partnership with Jamaica, the National Guard said. “We are eager to develop our partnership with Burkina Faso through targeted security force assistance programs aimed at building Burkina Faso’s capacity in specific areas such as counter-terrorism, peacekeeping, intelligence, and defense institutions building,” said Major General William J. Walker, Commanding General, D.C. National Guard. The agreement was formally signed on February 1 with Walker in attendance, as well as Burkina Faso’s Secretary General of the Ministry of Defense Justin Som, U.S. Ambassador to Burkina Faso Andrew Young, Brigadier General Moise Miningou, the Chief of General Staff for the National Armed Forces of Burkina Faso, and …

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  • Apr- 2018 -
    5 April
    Nigerien officer conducts training during Exercise Flintlock 2017

    The US military’s Sahel exercise is fixing its gaze on ISIS and Boko Haram

    The 2018 iteration of U.S. Special Operations Command Africa’s exercise Flintlock will focus on real-world threats to the Sahel from groups linked to al-Qaeda and Islamic State, emphasizing operational activity

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