Sunday, August 27, 2006

Natural Fire 2006: A success for EAC and U.S. militaries, local communities

Kenyan Soldier
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
By U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Omar Villarreal

NGINYANG, Kenya - Natural Fire 2006, the largest combined exercise between East African Community nations and the United States, has officially come to an end. However the memories, friendships and commitment to continue helping those in need lives on in the hearts and minds of all of those who participated.

“The exercise was a success,” said Kenyan Brig. Gen. L.M. Nogondi, Natural Fire commanding general. “The commitment of the men and women involved has allowed four nations to gather, work together and achieve what was meant to be achieved…cooperative humanitarianism.”

The combined exercise, which involved military personnel from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and the U.S., focused on military-to-military training on how to respond to natural disasters. Real world medical, veterinary and engineering civil action programs were completed simultaneously in rural areas of each EAC country as well {Click on image for photo details}
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