USARAF chaplains prepare for event, training with Ghana Armed Forces counterparts

U.S. Army Africa chaplains joined forty Ghanaian chaplains, imams and religious specialists to attend a military-to-military chaplain engagement at the Ghana Naval Headquarters here April 23-26. The purpose of this event, which culminated in a day of preparatory exercise interaction, was to plan and prepare for the United Accord training series, scheduled to take place in July.


“The Ghana Armed Forces chaplain corps is a role-model group for all chaplaincies on and off the continent,” said Chaplain (Col.) David Lile, the USARAF command chaplain. “We witnessed a tremendously disciplined and respectful engagement of Protestant, Catholic and Islamic chaplains engaged with tough issues of life and death. They understand the extreme religious dynamic at play in the Sahel today and many of the conflict areas of Central Africa.”
By Meredith March U.S. Army Africa Italy May 30, 2018
View Gallery
fallback
Gallery contains 1 image

ACCRA, Ghana – U.S. Army Africa chaplains joined forty Ghanaian chaplains, imams and religious specialists to attend a military-to-military chaplain engagement at the Ghana Naval Headquarters here April 23-26. The purpose of this event, which culminated in a day of preparatory exercise interaction, was to plan and prepare for the United Accord training series, scheduled to take place in July.

Ghanaian Navy Capt. Paul Adjei-Djan, the Ghana Armed Forces religious affairs director, hosted the event as a preliminary step toward actualizing his vision of an Economic Community of West African States training program for chaplains engaging in African Union and United Nations peacekeeping operations on the continent. The topics discussed at the military-to-military engagement included deployment cycle support and Ghana-specific mission conditions.

“The Ghana Armed Forces chaplaincy is so professional and experienced that I can also envision them leading an ECOWAS regional chaplain school on par with the NATO chaplain course,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Ken Lebon, the USARAF deputy command chaplain.

The four-day engagement brought together a diverse and experienced set of military chaplains, imams and two resident Ghanaian military psychologists. Ghana has provided peacekeepers to 19 U.N. missions in ten separate locations since the African independence movements began in 1957. Currently, many of the approximately 2500 deployed troops count on their chaplains and imams for guidance in scripture study, opportunities to share sacraments, worship facilitation and mission-critical key leader religious engagements, which can reduce tensions between troops and local populations.

“The Ghana Armed Forces chaplain corps is a role-model group for all chaplaincies on and off the continent,” said Chaplain (Col.) David Lile, the USARAF command chaplain. “We witnessed a tremendously disciplined and respectful engagement of Protestant, Catholic and Islamic chaplains engaged with tough issues of life and death. They understand the extreme religious dynamic at play in the Sahel today and many of the conflict areas of Central Africa.”

More in Partnerships
US Army Reserve deploys to Angola for medical readiness exercise
A specialized team from the 934th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment (FRSD) based in Salt Lake City, Utah, arrived in Luanda to participate in the latest medical readiness exercise (MEDREX). Scheduled to span three weeks from July 8-20, this exercise marks a significant effort in fostering U.S.-Angola military medical collaboration.
Read more
US, Botswana finalize planning for exercise Southern Accord 2024
GABORONE, Botswana – The U.S. Army and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) successfully concluded the final planning conference for exercise Southern Accord 2024 (SA24). The conference ran from June 18-21, and marked the culmination of preparations for the joint military exercise, which is designed to increase cooperation and interoperability between the two nations.
Read more
African Lion 24 concludes with strategic success across four nations
VICENZA, Italy — African Lion 24 (AL24), U.S. Africa Command’s premier, annual combined joint exercise conducted by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), concluded on May 31, 2024, in Morocco. AL24 ran from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents.
Read more
More in Partnerships
US Army Reserve deploys to Angola for medical readiness exercise
A specialized team from the 934th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment (FRSD) based in Salt Lake City, Utah, arrived in Luanda to participate in the latest medical readiness exercise (MEDREX). Scheduled to span three weeks from July 8-20, this exercise marks a significant effort in fostering U.S.-Angola military medical collaboration.
Read more
US, Botswana finalize planning for exercise Southern Accord 2024
GABORONE, Botswana – The U.S. Army and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) successfully concluded the final planning conference for exercise Southern Accord 2024 (SA24). The conference ran from June 18-21, and marked the culmination of preparations for the joint military exercise, which is designed to increase cooperation and interoperability between the two nations.
Read more
African Lion 24 concludes with strategic success across four nations
VICENZA, Italy — African Lion 24 (AL24), U.S. Africa Command’s premier, annual combined joint exercise conducted by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), concluded on May 31, 2024, in Morocco. AL24 ran from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents.
Read more
More in Partnerships
US Army Reserve deploys to Angola for medical readiness exercise
A specialized team from the 934th Forward Resuscitative Surgical Detachment (FRSD) based in Salt Lake City, Utah, arrived in Luanda to participate in the latest medical readiness exercise (MEDREX). Scheduled to span three weeks from July 8-20, this exercise marks a significant effort in fostering U.S.-Angola military medical collaboration.
Read more
US, Botswana finalize planning for exercise Southern Accord 2024
GABORONE, Botswana – The U.S. Army and Botswana Defence Force (BDF) successfully concluded the final planning conference for exercise Southern Accord 2024 (SA24). The conference ran from June 18-21, and marked the culmination of preparations for the joint military exercise, which is designed to increase cooperation and interoperability between the two nations.
Read more
African Lion 24 concludes with strategic success across four nations
VICENZA, Italy — African Lion 24 (AL24), U.S. Africa Command’s premier, annual combined joint exercise conducted by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), concluded on May 31, 2024, in Morocco. AL24 ran from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents.
Read more