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Armies find accord in Gabon

This summer, U.S. Army Africa held its largest, most complex exercise yet on the African continent, in Gabon. Exercise Central Accord 16 had participants from 14 countries, including the United States, Germany, Netherlands, Gabon, Cameroon, Chad and the Republic of Congo, as well as the United Nations.

July 23, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Central Accord 16 focuses on training basics

In the jungle of Gabon, soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were trained in jungle warfare tactics and led training on basic soldier skills for participants of Central Accord 16.

July 19, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


US, allies show united front at exercise Anakonda 16

Exercise Anakonda 16 in Poland was not only an opportunity for American forces to train and work with soldiers from several other nations, but it also provided a stage for the United States to show its commitment - as well as its military might - to allies and adversaries alike.

July 16, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Anakonda 16 training builds relationships with US allies

Exercise Anakonda 16 in Poland provided units from 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division an opportunity to train on their weapons and techniques with soldiers from other countries in a deployed setting.

July 12, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Reflections on Anakonda, Central Accord exercises

Now that I have been home for a few days after traveling about 24 hours from Gabon, I've had a little time to reflect on what I saw and experienced while embedding with 3rd Infantry Division soldiers during exercises Anakonda 16 and Central Accord 16.

July 02, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Military exercises on 2 continents

Coastal Courier military reporter Caitlin Kenney recently completed a more-than-two-week adventure that saw her embedded with 3rd Infantry Division soldiers in Poland and Gabon.

June 28, 2016 | Staff report editor@coastalcourier.com | Poland to Gabon


Dispatch 4: The great water and airborne adventure of Central Accord 16

POINTE DENIS, Gabon - Up to this point in my embed journey with both 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team in Poland and 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team in Gabon, I've had a few strenuous days. From running in the rain across a Polish live-fire range wearing a helmet and body armor while carrying camera equipment to traveling across two continents, this work has not been easy.

June 24, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Soldiers learn about Gabonese culture

LIBREVILLE, Gabon - To showcase Central Accord's host nation, Sunday was Cultural Day. Participants were allowed to wear civilian clothes, and several soldiers wore Gabonese clothing they had purchased at a market on a previous occasion.

June 22, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Dispatch 2: From Poland to Gabon

Friday was another busy day of travel. I had a 7 a.m. flight out of Berlin to Paris to start my journey to Gabon, where 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is participating in exercise Central Accord. This year's U.S. Army Africa-led exercise will be the largest and most complex to date for U.S. Army Africa.

June 18, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Dispatch from Anakonda 16: Week 1 in review

I've been in Poland for almost a week now, embedding with 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division as the unit participates in Anakonda 16, a Polish-led multinational exercise.

June 15, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


Mass-casualty exercise trains, produces real stress for soldiers

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland - Several explosions kicked up dirt and sand as spectators looked on from an old bunker on a hill above a military range.

June 14, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


3rd ID combat medics test skills in Poland

DRAWSKO POMORSKIE TRAINING AREA, Poland - As U.S. and Polish tanks attempted to out-maneuver each other in a tank-on-tank exercise, a team of combat medics from the 2nd Infantry Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stood ready to receive potential casualties at their battalion aid station.

June 10, 2016 | By 1st Lt. Ernest Wang 326th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment | Poland to Gabon


3rd ID units set for exercises on two continents

Soldiers from two brigades of the 3rd Infantry Division will participate in large multinational exercises this month - one in Europe, the other in Africa.

June 04, 2016 | Caitlin Kenney | Poland to Gabon


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