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A soldier with the Burkina Faso army places his Western Accord 2016 patch on his uniform during the exercise’s Opening Day Ceremony May 2, at Camp Zagre, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Western Accord 2016 is an annual combined, joint exercise designed to increase the ability of African partner forces and the U.S. to exercise participants’ capability and capacity to conduct African Union/United Nation mandated Peace Operations. (U.S. Army Africa photo by Staff Sgt. Candace Mundt)

     
 

UN, ECOWAS partners kick-off Western Accord 2016

By Staff Sgt. Candace Mundt for U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso - Twenty flags of U.N. partner nations and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, blew in the warm Burkina Faso wind between two formations of soldiers representing various participating militaries.

The troops reached into their sleeve pockets, removed brightly colored patches and slapped them on their uniforms signifying the official start of Western Accord 2016 and completion of the Opening Day Ceremony May 2 at Camp Zagre, Ouagadougou.

Western Accord 2016 is an annual combined, joint exercise designed to increase the ability of African partner forces and the U.S. to exercise participants’ capability and capacity to conduct African Union/United Nation mandated Peace Operations. Lead planners from the Burkina Faso army, U.S. Army Africa, USARAF, and the U.S. Embassy of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso began coordinating the exercise December last year.

“An exercise of this size is normally planned in eight to 12 months, however we had five months to prepare for this exercise,” said Maj. Justin Sisak, USARAF lead planner for Western Accord 2016. “It’s been a lot of hard work and a lot of shared responsibility with the host nation, Burkina Faso. They have been excellent partners. Without their commitment we couldn’t have done it.”

“[The U.S. Embassy of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso] has been very supportive,” Sisak continued. “They have given me all the support and additional resources that we needed to execute, given the short timeline, and made it easy.”

 

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