Moroccan and United States military leadership welcomed participants to the combined arms rehearsal in Agadir, Morocco during African Lion 22 June 20, 2022.
The combined arms rehearsal gave an overview of expected events and troop movements both before and continuing forward in the exercise. The exercise will consist of six major events including a joint task force level Command Post Exercise (CPX), Aviation Training Exercise (ATX), CPX and Field Training Exercises (FTX), a Maritime Training Exercise (MTX), Medical Readiness Exercises (MEDREX), a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) threat exercise, and a Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA) event. African Lion 22 scenario pits a combined joint task force against a fictional, division-sized near-peer opposing force.
“Together over the next ten days we will improve interoperability and multinational cooperation,” said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Andrew M. Rohling, U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa commander. “Building strong bonds between our coalition forces will be fundamental in order to succeed and achieve our mission’s objectives.”
African Lion is conducted in four countries: the Kingdom of Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana, and Senegal. The exercise is U.S. Africa Command’s largest annual exercise, involving more than 7,000 service members. Militaries from the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, and elsewhere will join U.S. and host nation troops. U.S. participants come from all service components, including the Reserves and National Guard.
“I would like to thank the brotherly and friendly countries that are participating with us this year,” said Royal Armed Forces Lt. Gen. Belkhir El-Farouk, “Whether as actors or observers, this experience is further enhanced through the diversity of partners and the vast array of contributions.”
The purpose of African Lion 22 is to set the theater for the access and interoperability among partner nations. This effort involves strengthening our shared defense capabilities to counter transnational threats and violent extremist organizations, which is in the common good of the U.S. and African partner nations.
African Lion 22 concludes June 30, 2022.