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BUNDASE, Ghana – In January, soldiers assigned to the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade supported a new training program for the Ghana Armed Forces. The team from Fort Bragg, North Carolina helped prepare GAF soldiers for an upcoming peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
The training collaboration is the latest step in the ongoing partnership between Ghana and US GAF soldiers to be deployed as part of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic.
1st Lt. Christopher Wilson, 2nd SFAB team leader, said the ultimate goal is to continue collaboration and training at the Army’s Peacekeeping Operations Training School, while s’ building on the existing training partnership between SFAB and GAF across the country. The training also provides 2nd SFAB soldiers the opportunity to learn GAF soldier training techniques and practices.
“This exchange of ideas is something that can benefit both countries,” Wilson said. “We bring combat experience, and all aspects of it, from logistics in austere environments to medicine and communications – everything we’ve learned over the past 20 years we can bring here to our allies and partners and develop them.At the same time, GAF soldiers go all over the world and have experience in UN peacekeeping missions, so we can also learn from their experiences.
Ghanaian Army Colonel Clement Dingane, commander of APOTS, said working with SFAB soldiers brings the training center closer to its ability to prepare other nations for peacekeeping operations. Dingane said his ultimate goal for APOTS is to have a UN-certified training center that other countries can go to in order to receive peacekeeping training certifications, noting that he is the responsibility of all nations to ensure safety and security worldwide.
“I believe that the overall peace and security of the world is in the hands of all countries,” Dingane said. “That’s why I count on our bilateral and multilateral relations, and SFAB is part of it with Ghana.” The January training event consisted of classroom and table-top exercises aimed at preparing soldiers to work in a peacekeeping environment while maintaining safe security measures.
SFAB soldiers train with allies and partners around the world. The 2nd SFAB was regionally aligned to Africa in 2021 and has steadily improved partner capabilities there since through security force assistance coordinated through various security cooperation offices in the U.S. embassies and U.S. Army Southern European Task Force Africa, based in Vicenza, Italy.