Exercise Justified Accord Supports Readiness Between US Military and East African partners
Exercise Justified Accord Supports Readiness Between US Military and East African partners

Exercise Justified Accord Supports Readiness Between US Military and East African Partners

Partners from the U.S. Military and 20 East African nations have assembled in Kenya and Rwanda in support of the annual exercise Justified Accord 22, Feb. 28 – Mar. 19. With 800 participants from over 20 nations and NATO Allies, Justified Accord is focused on enhancing readiness for U.S. and African partner nations. Justified accord is an annual, multinational, multi-domain military exercise focusing on African partner capability and interoperability in support of United Nations and Africa Union peace support operations.

Kenya Defence Forces Soldiers discuss lessons learned from training that covered combative patrol movements with fire teams March 11, 2022, in Isiolo, Kenya. Justified Accord takes place from Feb. 28 through Mar. 17 in Kenya. Over 800 personnel will participate in the exercise which focuses on enabling readiness for the U.S. and multinational partners.
Kenya Defence Forces Soldiers discuss lessons learned from training that covered combative patrol movements with fire teams March 11, 2022, in Isiolo, Kenya. Justified Accord takes place from Feb. 28 through Mar. 17 in Kenya. Over 800 personnel will participate in the exercise which focuses on enabling readiness for the U.S. and multinational partners. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Martin)

“Exercise Justified Accord is a key piece of the broader U.S. approach to partnering with our African partners and building our collective readiness,” said Brig. Gen. Ronald A. Cupples, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa deputy commanding general. “Conducting this exercise with our Allies and partners demonstrates our firm commitment to foster regional security capacity across Africa.”

Rwanda Defence Force Soldiers take a tactical formation using four-man teams to enter and clear a room, March 11, 2022, in Isiolo, Kenya. Justified Accord takes place from Feb. 28 through Mar. 17 in Kenya. Over 800 personnel will participate in the exercise which focuses on enabling readiness for the U.S. and multinational partners. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Martin)

During Justified Accord, training will focus on activities that support U.S. joint forces, Kenya Defence Forces units, and additional partners with a multinational field training exercise. Participants will prepare for counter-terrorism crisis response and peace support operations with U.S. crisis action planning, an African Union staff officer’s course, and a command post exercise. The exercise seeks to improve multinational interoperability and to incorporate regional civilian, police and military entities into training.

Battalion Intervention Rapide Djiboutian Soldiers conduct entering and clearing a room training using four-man teams March 10, 2022, in Isiolo, Kenya. Justified Accord takes place from Feb. 28 through Mar. 17 in Kenya. Over 800 personnel will participate in the exercise which focuses on enabling readiness for the U.S. and multinational partners.(U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin A. Martin)

A key component is the ability to incorporate multidimensional entities, such as civilian, police, and military, into training events that will build partner networks between joint forces, U.S. interagency,
international, and multinational organizations. The U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa has lead responsibility of exercise Justified Accord in 2022.

U.S. Army Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, gather on the objective site after executing a bi-lateral exercise with Kenya Defence Forces during Justified Accord, March 14, 2022. (U.S. Army photo by Capt. Abigail Hammock)