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    Friday, May 8, 2009

    Travels to Kenya

    I am frequently gone for short periods of time with my work as an Army officer who works international affairs. Recently I was in Kenya from 20-24 April for the US Army Central Land Forces Symposium. This annual conference brought together senior US Army leaders and regional counterparts from nations throughout the Middle East and East Africa.

    As an African policy specialist it was a great opportunity to meet some of my peers working on the continent while I am serving in the US. It was also a solid chance to meet various Army Chiefs of Staff from throughout East Africa from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania - among several others. US Army Africa also attended the conference and were represented by their commander; however, the central attraction from an African standpoint was GEN Ward - the US Africa Command commanding general. Watching him interact with his peers was a priceless opportunity.

    The conference was held in Mombasa, Kenya at the Serena Beach Hotel. This was a gorgeous venue on the Indian Ocean. Here is a link to a press release from Africa Command and a link from US Army Central and US Army Africa. This short video features the commander of US Army Central, and the co-host of the symposium, LTG Lovelace talking about its importance.

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