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Special Forces Exercise Opens in West Africa

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Burkina Faso Defense Minister Yero Boly and U.S. Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, deputy to the commander of U.S. Africa Command for Civil-Military Activities, arrive May 3, 2010, to begin the opening ceremony for Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • Members of the official party arrive in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, May 3, 2010, to begin the opening ceremony for Flintlock 10. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • Burkina Faso Defense Minister Yero Boly and U.S. Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, deputy to the commander of U.S. Africa Command for Civil-Military Activities, greet foreign dignitaries and senior exercise participants from partner nations, May 3, 2010, upon their arrival to the opening ceremony for Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • Burkinabe and U.S. leaders render respect during the playing of the Burkinabe national anthem marking the start of the opening ceremony for Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, May 3, 2010. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • Members of the official party arrive to begin the opening ceremony for Flintlock 10  in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, May 2, 2010. Flintlock 10, a special operations forces exercise, is part of a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored annual program with partner nations in northern and western Africa. The exercise, which includes several European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and designed to build relationships among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa.About 1,200 European, African partner nations and U.S. personnel from 14 nations are involved in military interoperability activities across the Trans-Saharan region during this event.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • Burkinabe soldiers gather necessary documentation prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, May 1, 2010. About 40 soldiers boarded the C-130J to deploy for counterterrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • U.S. Army Col. Kurt Crytzer, commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force Trans Sahara and U.S. commander for the Multi-National Coordination Center, addresses Burkinabe soldiers prior to their deployment to Mali in support of Exercise Flintlock 10, May 1, 2010, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • Burkinabe Col. Maj. Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the President of Burkina Faso and President of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, May 1, 2010.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson
  • U.S. Army Col. Kurt Crytzer, commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara and U.S. commander for the Multi-National Coordination Center in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, address Burkinabe soldiers, May 1, 2010, prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10.  U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson