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Obama Sends Troops to Help Fight the LRA

The White House | Office of the Press Secretary - October 14, 2011

President Barack Obama presents White House Military Aide LTC Barrett Bernard with the Defense Superior Service Medal during a departure ceremony in the Oval Office, Oct. 12, 2011."I have authorized a small number of combat-equipped U.S. forces to deploy to central Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony from the battlefield. I believe that deploying these U.S. Armed Forces furthers U.S. national security interests and foreign policy and will be a significant contribution toward counter-LRA efforts in central Africa," President Barack Obama wrote to the U.S. Congress on Friday.
U.S. service members, Congo military quick-responders make final push to exercise finale

Tech. Sgt. John Orrell | AFNS - May 3, 2011

Air Force Staff Sgt. Amber Weaver conducts training to members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo?s armed forces (FARDC) quick response forceAfter a week of classroom training, during MEDLITE 11, U.S. service members, along with members of the Democratic Republic of the Congo armed forces quick-response force, or UMIR, began training May 2 here on a C-130 Hercules.
AFRICOM: Professionalism Key to Congo Medical Exercise

American Forces Press Service - September 17, 2010

U.S. Army Maj. Angie Allmer assists a Congo resident to the medical waiting area in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sept. 14, 2010.Humanitarian assistance -- especially medical and dental care -- is in high demand in Africa. And, that’s a big part of the reason the U.S. military is involved on the continent, the commander of U.S. Army Africa said yesterday. During a Sept. 15 “DoD Live” bloggers roundtable, Army Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg discussed Medflag 10, an ongoing humanitarian assistance exercise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital of Kinshasa.
AFRICOM: North Dakota Unit Participates in Training Exercise in Congo

North Dakota National Guard Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs - September 10, 2010

AFRICOM - North Dakota Unit Participates in Training Exercise in CongoThe North Dakota National Guard's 814th Area Support Medical Company, of Bismarck and Grand Forks, arrived in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to participate in MEDFLAG 10, a joint medical exercise focused on humanitarian assistance that will take place September 6-18, 2010.
U.S. Special Forces Begin Training Congo Army Battalion

Congo News Agency - February 23, 2010

AfricomThe U.S. military command for Africa (Africom) has started training 1,000 Congolese troops in the eastern city of Kisangani. The $30 million training program is expected to last eight months.

New US Military Command For Africa Stirs Intense Emotion

VOA News - October 22, 2007

Mosiua LekotaWhen President George W. Bush announced plans for a US military command for Africa - AFRICOM - in February, there was an uproar on the continent, and the controversy has yet to die down.
US Senator Russ Feingold Visits Democratic Republic of Congo

Senator Russ Feingold's Office - August 26, 2007

Joseph Kabila - Ross FeingoldU.S. Senator Russ Feingold is traveling through the African countries of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda to focus on security issues and their regional and international impact. For Feingold, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, the trip marks his eighth visit to the continent during his tenure in the U.S. Senate.



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