Thursday, November 8, 2012

US Special Forces To Be Deployed To Half the Countries of Africa Within 6 Months

Still, Maj. Gen. Patrick Donahue, commanding general of Army Africa and Southern European Task Force, said the 2/1 soldiers are slated to participate in 96 activities in 34 countries, “more than half of the continent’s nations,” during the first six months of their usage.

The brigade will first undergo a rotation at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif., in February as well as additional training from the 162nd Infantry Brigade at Fort Polk, La., in certain aspects of language and culture. The training will focus primarily on the languages most commonly used in eastern and southern Africa: French, Arabic and Swahili.

But what does all of this mean closer to the ground? In an interview, Col. Kevin Marcus, U.S. Army Africa’s chief of plans and policy, said the command is looking forward to working with Army Special Forces.