The Joint Multinational Field Training Exercise(FTX) dubbed Justified Accord 2023 came to a close today at the School of Infantry Isiolo in a ceremony presided over by Commanding General US Army South EuropeanTask Force, Africa Major General Todd Wasmund, Deputy Commander Civil-Military Engagement US Africa Command Ambassador Andrew Young, and General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, Major General Juma Mwinyikai.
The two weeks exercise brought together troops from the US army, Djibouti, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Kenya Defence Forces.
In his address, Major General Wasmund noted that security threats in the region keep mutating thus, a reason for continuous training and integration for the protection and defence of the people.
“A problem for one is a problem for all in the region and so the reason to come in unison, train together to defeat a common enemy and future crises.” he said
Ambassador Andrew Young, implored the multinational states to continue working together to manage internal and external threats.
In his speech read by the General Officer Commanding Eastern Command, Major General Juma Mwinyikai, the Chief of the Defence Forces, General Robert Kibochi urged the states to take advantage of the acquired skills for the betterment of not only themselves but for the greater good that a better-prepared region will have for maintainability of peace devoid from extremism and terrorism.
“Kenya and the United States of America and other regional countries have continued to cooperate in many areas for mutual benefits in terms of training and operations. We are happy to have gained a lot of skills during these exercises vital in the fight against violent extremism and terrorism in the region,” he said.
The field training exercise saw the Kenya Defence Forces and allied troops taken through practical war tactics and manoeuvrability skills on room clearance procedures, Counter IED measures, roadblock searches, and medical evacuation procedures on war fronts.