US Army Africa(USARAF) conducts black bag training in Africa to U.S. personnel

Posted: April 22nd, 2012 by Militant Libertarian

from StratRisks

The AT/FP training provided the necessary tools for U.S. personnel living and working in Africa to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks, and paved the way for lasting relationships built with members of the Department of State and Department of Defense.

Antonio Hardy, a USARAF AT analyst, planned the event after the U.S. Embassy in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, requested the training in November 2011.

“There are so many people from Department of State and Department of Defense who have not had this Anti Terrorism training. This training is relevant to the embassies in Africa and the jobs that these people have to do because the embassies are like a small installation. The embassy people have to know how to secure their workplace and have policies and procedures there to mitigate the threats,” Hardy, an Atlanta native, said.

Mike Miller, an AT/FP instructor with Department of the Air Force, said it is important to build relationships with the country team and regional security officers due to the unique situation in Africa. To conduct current and future operations, the country team and RSOs are utilized to help conduct joint exercises and other operations.

“Inside AFRICOM (Africa Command), both U.S. Army Africa and U.S. Air Force Africa’s unique mission faces security challenges, and force protection has to be in the forefront, and to do that successfully, you have to have a good relationship with both DoD in-country and DoS. It was an excellent opportunity to get some training for all those organizations,” Miller, a Chicago, Ill. native, said.

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