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NEWS | Feb. 28, 2024

US, African Partners Participate in Justified Accord Exercise

By Maj. Joe Legros, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya - More than 1,000 personnel and units from 23 nations are participating in Justified Accord 2024, U.S. Africa Command’s largest exercise in East Africa, Feb. 26-March 7. 

Led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) and hosted in Kenya, this multinational exercise builds readiness for the U.S. joint force, prepares regional partners for U.N.- and A.U.-mandated missions, and increases multinational interoperability in support of humanitarian assistance, disaster response and crisis response.

JA24 features staff officer academics, including a Women, Peace and Security panel and Rule of Law instruction and a command post exercise, held in Nairobi. Concurrently, at the Nanyuki-based Counter Insurgency, Terrorism and Stability Operations (CITSO) center, the Kenya Defence Forces will host a multinational field training exercise, urban operations training and a medical civic action program, providing medical care to up to 1,000 rural Kenyans.

“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 F. Austin Blessard, SETAF-AF lead exercise planner for JA24.

Several forward-deployed U.S. Army units are participating in the exercise, including the Massachusetts National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve units, including the 772nd Military Police Company, 645th Regional Support Group, and 635th Movement Control Team, the 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade, 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Detachment and the 7th Army Training Command. The 2SFAB will partner with the U.K.’s 11th SFAB (Irish Guards) to provide tactical expertise to a multinational team from Kenya, Djibouti, Somalia and Tanzania.

The exercise will also feature the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Program. Soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard and the Kenyan Defence Forces have been partners in the program since 2015.

The Massachusetts National Guard Soldiers will exchange best practices with Kenyan forces in CITSO to enhance policing skills with M4 carbine rifles and non-lethal weapons used during a crisis response scenario.

“Participation in regional security and crisis response exercises demonstrates our commitment to our partner nations,” said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Alex Machado, platoon leader, 772nd Military Police Company, Massachusetts National Guard. “As part of an overseas deployment for training, the 772nd MP Co. has a unique opportunity to conduct integrated, joint collective training with the Kenya Defence Force military police. Together, we are able to demonstrate our capabilities and exchange best practices in a dynamic environment. We are grateful for the professionalism of the KDF and the use of their superb training sites.”

SETAF-AF provides U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Europe and Africa a dedicated headquarters to synchronize Army activities in Africa and scalable crisis response options in Africa and Europe.