Training a Battalion in Ghana

3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne)

March 24, 1998 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DOD DEPLOYS FORCES TO GHANA 

TO CONDUCT PEACEKEEPING TRAINING


In continued support of the U.S. strategy to enhance the peacekeeping capacities of selected African militaries, the Secretary of Defense has directed the U.S. European Command to initiate the next series of training for those African nations which have committed units to the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI) training program.


Approximately 70 soldiers from the U.S. Army's 3rd Special Forces Group headquartered at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Accompanied by a Belgian military training element, along with U.S. support troops are scheduled to deploy on or about April 1, 1998

To begin training a battalion-size unit in Ghana. 

Other African nations that have joined the U.S. in an ACRI partnership include: 

Senegal, Uganda, Malawi, Mali and Ethiopia.


Since the ACRI training program began in July 1997.

The 3rd Special Forces Group has trained forces in Senegal, Uganda, Malawi, and is currently training forces in Mali. 

The ACRI includes follow-on sustainment training twice a year after the completion of the initial training. 

ACRI sustainment training began in March 1998 in Senegal and Uganda.

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