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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 382-97
July 17, 1997

DOD DEPLOYS FORCES TO TRAIN AFRICAN MILITARIES FOR HUMANITARIAN AND PEACEKEEPING OPERATIONS

In support of the U.S. strategy of promoting stability and improving the capabilities of African militaries, the Secretary of Defense has directed the United States European Command to initiate training for selected African nations which have accepted the United States Government's offer for training of units under the African Crisis Response Initiative (ACRI).

ACRI is a training initiative intended to work with African states to create highly effective, rapidly-deployable peacekeeping units, which can operate jointly in the event of a humanitarian crisis or in a traditional peacekeeping operation.

Approximately 120 soldiers from the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group headquartered at Ft. Bragg, N.C. along with other support troops are scheduled to deploy on or about July 21, to begin training battalion-size units in Senegal and Uganda. Their deployment marks the first step in implementing the ACRI.