Partnership-strengthening, readiness-building, joint all-domain, multi-national, and multi-functional
African Lion is U.S. Africa Command's premier exercise in Africa. African Lion is a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored, U.S. Africa Command-scheduled, and U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa-led multinational exercise conducted in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and other North and West Africa countries.
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United States participants come from all service components, including Reserves and National Guard, effecting total force employment. African Lion features a Combined Joint Task Force headquarters command post exercise simultaneously coordinating joint, all-domain operations -- a maritime exercise, an air exercise featuring F-16 and KC-135 aircraft, a joint forcible entry with paratroopers into a field training exercise, a medical readiness exercise, a chemical-biological response exercise, and a humanitarian civic assistance program event, and many other elements.
The purpose of the exercise is to set the theater for the access and interoperability among partner nations against adversarial networks intent on destabilizing the region and threatening freedom of movement.