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‘Dagger Brigade’ to Align with Africom in 2013

As part of an effort to regionally align Army forces with specific unified combatant commands, a Kansas-based brigade will begin serving in March as the go-to force for U.S. Africa Command, Army officials said yesterday.

The Fort Riley, Kan. -based 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, called the “Dagger Brigade,” will be the main force provider for security cooperation and partnership-building missions in Africa, according to officials.

The effort is a first step toward fulfilling national strategic and defense guidance that includes military services partnering with allies around the world to build capacity and security capability, officials said.

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AFRICOM’s First Regional Brigade Will Deploy And Begin Operations

A U.S.-based unit has been selected as the Army’s first “regionally aligned” brigade, and by next year its soldiers could begin conducting operations in Africa.

It is the first step in an effort to develop expert units to rotate through a region.

U.S. Africa Command will be the first to test the new rotational model, intended to give commanders a more reliable supply of soldiers available for short, training-focused missions.

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East Africa: U.S. Army Africa Commander Engages Leaders in Djibouti, Ethiopia

During a whirlwind trip to East Africa, Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, commander, U.S. Army Africa, and a small group of advisers visited U.S. Army troops at Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa in Djibouti and attended meetings with African Union mission leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, April 24-27.

Initially, Hogg traveled to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where he, along with USARAF Command Sgt. Maj. Hu Rhodes, USARAF’s Political Adviser Alan Latimer and Security Cooperation Desk Officer Ron Stafford took part in a series of briefings with Air Force Brig. Gen. Eugene Haase, deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Following the CJTF-HOA briefings, Hogg met with Texas Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops currently working in and around Camp Lemonnier.

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PSYOP team prepares for expanded mission in Africa

More than 20 soldiers of the 345th Psychological Operations Company started pre-deployment training, March 26, 2012 at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Lewisville, Texas. The training is in preparation for their upcoming deployment to the Horn of Africa. The unit will go to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., early this summer for ten days of additional theater-required training and PSYOP collective exercises, then will deploy to the Horn of Africa for roughly nine months.

“Our team is triple the size of the PSYOP team we are replacing,” said Maj. Matt Perritte, the detachment’s commander and an Austin, Texas police officer who deployed with the 344th PSYOP Company to Afghanistan in 2011. “Our mission will expand and morph once we get there, but we’ll conduct atmospherics, analysis of local attitudes – pulse of the people, so to speak – and assist in communicating as appropriate with the local population.”

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