Exercise Flintlock Builds Relationships

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Joint Operational Support Air Component personnel unload baggage from a C-130 after the arrival of the Senegalese Air Force at the Bamako airport in Bamako, Mali, Oct. 27, 2008, for Exercise Flintlock. The exercise, which includes participation of key European nations, is designed to build relationships and capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson
  • African and U.S. military forces stand at attention during opening ceremonies of Exercise Flintlock in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 3, 2008. Flintlock is an important milestone in the goal of capacity building as the exercise enhances Trans-Saharan Counter Terrorism Program nation security forces to better address regional issues which affect security and stability. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Victoria Meyer
  • Gen. Sadio Gassama, Malian Minister of Interior Security and Civil Protection, and U.S. Ambassador to Mali Gillian A. Milovanovic, review military forces during the opening ceremony for the military Exercise Flintlock in Bamako, Mali, Nov.  3, 2008.  U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Victoria Meyer
  • Capt. Wise, U.S. formation commander, awaits a salute from Malian Chief of Defense Gen. Podiogou, during the opening ceremony of Exercise Flintlock in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 3, 2008. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson
  • U.S. military personnel stand in formation at the Flintlock opening ceremony in Bamako, Mali, Nov. 3, 2008. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt.  Lauren Johnson
  • A Malian soldier takes a defensive position while an Air Force Special Operations Command CV-22 Osprey departs a landing zone in Bamako, Mali as part of a drill for Exercise Flintlock. Photo by Flintlock Public Affairs
  • Malian soldiers hone their suppressing skills at a training area near Bamako, Mali during exercise Flintlock.  U.S. Special Forces advisors, as well as European partner nation trainers, are involved in the exercise which seeks to further the training and proficiencies of participating military forces across the Trans-Saharan region.  Photo by Flintlock Public Affairs
  • Senegalese soldiers practice exiting the ramp of a U.S. Air Force CV-22 in Bamako, Mali on Nov. 12, 2008. The soldiers are participating in Operation Flintlock on Nov. 16, 2008.  U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Nicholas Hernandez
  • Various armed forces servicemembers from Europe, Africa and the United States participate in training group activities during Operation Flintlock, a biannual exercise designed to foster regional relationships and promote partner-nation to advance regional security and stability, on Naval Station Rota, Spain on Nov. 7, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Hendrickson
  • Various armed forces service members from Europe, Africa and the United States participate in training group activities during Operation Flintlock, a biannual exercise designed to foster regional relationships and promote partner-nation to advance regional security and stability, on Naval Station Rota, Spain on Nov. 7, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Hendrickson
  • U.S. Army Col. Glenn Schweitzer instructs as various armed forces service members from Europe, Africa and the United States attend a briefing to familiarize themselves with their workstations during Operation Flintlock, a biannual exercise designed to foster regional relationships and promote partner-nation to advance regional security and stability, on Naval Station Rota, Spain, on Nov. 6, 2008.  U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Hendrickson
  • Delegates from various armed forces from Europe, Africa and the United States greet each other before participating in classroom activities activities during Operation Flintlock, a biannual exercise designed to foster regional relationships and promote partner-nation to advance regional security and stability, on Naval Station Rota, Spain on Nov. 7, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Hendrickson
  • Various armed forces service members gather for the opening ceremony of Operation Flintlock, a biannual exercise designed to foster regional relationships and promote partner-nation to advance regional security and stability, on Naval Station Rota, Spain, on Nov. 3, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Hendrickson
  • U.S. Navy Capt. Stephen Wisotski converses with various armed forces service members from Africa, Europe and the United States gather for the social dinner to celebrate the start of Operation Flintlock, a biannual exercise designed to foster regional relationships and promote partner-nation to advance regional security and stability, on Naval Station Rota, Spain, on Nov. 3, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Hendrickson
  • U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. John Saas passes out pretzels to a group of local Malian children outside the air station in Bamako, Mali on Oct. 27, 2008. U.S. servicemembers are in Bamako supporting Flintlock, a military exercise coordinated in collaboration with African and European partner nation military forces to build relationships and capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Sahara region of Africa. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson
  • CV-22s sit on the ramp of Bamako airport in Mali,  Oct. 28, 2008, in support of Exercise Flintlock, a multilateral military exercise, which aims to further the training and proficiencies of participating nations across the Trans-Saharan region while fostering collaborative communication and coordination skills. U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lt. Lauren Johnson