U.S. Army Africa Participates in Southern Accord 2016

Lilongwe, July 27 – The U.S. military, in partnership with the Malawi Defense Force and partner nations, will conduct Southern Accord 2016, a command post exercise (CPX) in Salima, Malawi August 1-12, 2016 and a disaster relief table top exercise (TTX) in Lilongwe, Malawi, August 8-10, 2016.

Southern Accord is an annual joint military exercise that brings together Southern African Development Community (SADC) partner nations and U.S. Army Africa to conduct operational planning for the United Nations/African Union mandated operation in The Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Nearly 250 military personnel from ten nations are expected to participate in this year’s exercise.

Southern Accord brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping and disaster relief operations. The exercise will include headquarters staff training and peace keeping and disaster operations scenarios.  This exercise will consist of one week of classroom-based academics, one week of a command post training exercise, and a table top exercise simultaneously. The goal of Southern Accord 2016 is to increase interoperability and build capacity between U.S and African militaries, while cementing partnerships built from previous Southern Accord exercises. Once the exercise is complete, all exercise participants will return to their home countries and stations.

Contacts:      Edward J. Monster – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy  Tel: 01722 222

                     Marcus Muhariwa – Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy  Tel: 01 722 222

                     Captain Paul Chiphwanya – Headquarters Malawi Defense Force  Tel. 01 790 493