MIL-OSI USA: Exercise African Lion 2024 concludes in Senegal

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1 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Capt. Eric Streeter, 214th Mobile Public Affairs Department, 99th Readiness Division, U.S. Army Reserve, and U.S. Navy Cmdr. Evelyn Palm, U.S. Marine Forces Reserve , talk with local Sengalese during a tour hosted by the Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] near Dodji, Senegal, May 22, 2024 as part of exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24). AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) VIEW ORIGINAL
2 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S., Senegal, and Dutch leadership preside over the opening ceremonies for Africa Lion 2024 (AL24) in Dodji, Senegal, May 20, 2024. The AL24 exercise is a part of U.S. Africa Command’s sustained engagement with African partners, aiming to build readiness to respond to crises and contingencies in Africa. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (Courtesy photo) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
3 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – An Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] soldier fires a M249 Squad Automatic Weapon while Maryland National Guardsman Sgt. Mathew Angell, a team leader with Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, serves as a range safety officer during a live-fire weapons familiarization led by U.S. Army Soldiers and members of the Royal Netherlands Army as part of exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24) in Dodji, Senegal, May 23, 2024. The weapons range provided an opportunity to conduct realistic, dynamic and collaborative readiness training in an austere environment. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. De La Pena) (Photo Credit: Nicholas J. De La Pena) VIEW ORIGINAL
4 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Military service members observe members of the Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] practice transporting casualties as part of a combat lifesaver exchange course during exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24), Dodji, Senegal, May 22, 2024. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) VIEW ORIGINAL
5 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] leadership led by Col. Theodore Adrien SARR, battalion commander, 44th Armored Infantry Battalion, watches Senegalese soldiers review zero targets during a live-fire zero and grouping weapons range led by U.S. Army Soldiers and members of the Royal Netherlands Army as part of exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24) in Dodji, Senegal, May 23, 2024. Basic rifle marksmanship training provided Senegalese soldiers with an opportunity to conduct realistic, dynamic, and collaborative readiness training in an austere environment. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. De La Pena) (Photo Credit: Nicholas J. De La Pena) VIEW ORIGINAL
6 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] physicians suture a simulated deep laceration with U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Dawn Coleman, general surgeon, 933rd Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment, during a medical training exercise in Dodji, Senegal, May 26, 2024. Senegalese, the Royal Netherlands Army, and U.S. armed forces medical personnel came together to share, learn and demonstrate tactical medical capabilities during Exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24). AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Nicholas J. De La Pena) (Photo Credit: Nicholas J. De La Pena) VIEW ORIGINAL
7 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Isa Lee, medic, U.S. Marine Forces Reserve based in New Orleans, Louisiana, fist bumps a member of the Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] for leading a combat lifesaver exchange course during exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24), Dodji, Senegal, May 24, 2024. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) VIEW ORIGINAL
8 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Todd R. Wasmund, commanding general, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) and Brig. Gen. Souleymane Kande, chief of Army staff, Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal], observe Senegalese soldiers during an exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24) distinguished visitors day in Dodji, Senegal, May 26, 2024. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) VIEW ORIGINAL
9 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Military and civilian leadership from the Netherlands, Senegal and the U.S. pose for a photo with exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24) participants from six different nations during a distinguished visitors day in Dodji, Senegal, May 26, 2024. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) VIEW ORIGINAL
10 / 10 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Members of the U.S. Military and the Armed Forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal] pose for a group photo following a friendly volleyball match during exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24), Dodji, Senegal, May 24, 2024. AL24 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) (Photo Credit: Sgt. Ricky Gavilan) VIEW ORIGINAL

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U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa

DODJI, Senegal — As the sun sets on exercise African Lion 2024 (AL24), the echoes of multinational training, strategic partnerships, and enhanced military readiness resonate across Senegal. AL24, U.S. Africa Command’s premier exercise, marked by significant collaboration between the armed forces of Senegal [Forces armées du Sénégal], the U.S. and the Netherlands, concluded on a high note, reinforcing the ties that bind these nations in their common security goals.

“This year’s African Lion has not only met but exceeded our expectations in terms of operational coordination and collective training achievements,” said Col. Matthias Greene, officer-in-charge AL24 in Senegal.

A multitude of activities took place during the two-week exercise, including combined infantry tactics led by the Maryland Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 175th Infantry Regiment, a comprehensive staff exercise orchestrated by the U.S. Army’s 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade, and a medical exchange led by U.S. Marine Forces Reserve. The exercise also provided an opportunity for local communities to engage with the visiting forces to help strengthen civil-military relations.

The involvement of the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) [Koninklijke Landmacht] added a another dimension to the training, enhancing the multinational participation in the exercise.

“African Lion 2024 offers an excellent training opportunity due to its diverse terrain, challenging climate, and continued potential for international collaboration,” noted Capt. Luc Laudy, commander, Delta Company, 44th Armored Infantry Battalion, RLNA. “The lessons learned and relationships forged here will undoubtedly contribute to regional stability and strengthen our preparedness for future challenges.”

In addition to the tactical and strategic benefits, AL24 fostered a spirit of camaraderie, mutual respect and understanding amongst the troops through the combined training sessions, cultural exchanges, and shared experiences.

“The exercise was a resounding success,” said Armed Forces of Senegal Col. Theodore Adrien SARR, battalion commander, 3rd Infantry Battalion. “We’ve enhanced interoperability and cemented our role as leaders of strategic importance in the region.”

As AL24 concludes, the participants look ahead with a renewed sense of purpose and strengthened resolve. The bonds formed and the skills honed during this exercise will continue to influence operations and partnerships in the future.

The success of AL24 is a testament to the enduring cooperation and shared vision of the participating nations, paving the way for continued collaboration, security and peace in the region.

About African Lion

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Army Africa Command’s premier and largest annual, combined, joint exercise African Lion. This year’s exercise will take place April 19 through May 31 and is hosted across Morocco, Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia with more than 8,100 participants from over 27 nations and contingents from NATO.

African Lion content can be found on the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service (DVIDS).

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