The U.S. military, in partnership with the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and partner nations, successfully conducted the Southern Accord 2016 command post exercise and a disaster relief exercise held in Malawi August 1-12.
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 (DRC). For the first time, the exercise included a disaster relief exercise which aimed at enhancing coordination between the MDF, the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA) and other government agencies to respond to natural disasters
Speaking at the end of the training, MDF Deputy Commander for Operations and Training, Lieutenant General Clement Namangale, said the exercise will assist the MDF as it helps to enforce an elusive peace in Eastern DRC where Malawian troops are deployed under the UN, but also guarantee security at home. General Namangale said the whole of government approach practiced during the exercise was key to responding to human security and natural disasters.
In his remarks, U.S. Africa Army Deputy Commander Brigadier General Jon Jensen said the exercise was unique for U.S. Army Africa because it was the first time that the U.S. military simultaneously conducted both a Command Post Exercise and a Table Top Exercise. Brigadier General Jensen said he was confident that troops from the SADC region deployed for peace keeping in DRC were now better equipped to handle their responsibilities.