Today, planning was finalized for the upcoming Flintlock military exercise to be hosted by Chad from late February through mid-March. The event will take place in N’Djamena and Chadian military training sites through mid-March.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our nation’s military to strengthen our relationship with our neighbors,” said Gen. Zakaria Ngobongue. “It is also a chance for us to be involved in the community doing civilian-military outreach.”
Chad will host more than 800 military personnel from more than 24 nations as home of the Flintlock exercise joint multinational headquarters. While primarily focused on military training, Flintlock will also feature humanitarian, medical and veterinarian outreach events as well as opportunities for local religious and civil society leaders to engage with their military colleagues. On Wednesday, U.S. and Chadian officials dedicated a new parking ramp for transport aircraft and a headquarters building to support the exercise.
“This is the third time Chad has hosted the Flintlock exercise. With multiple hosts, this year will truly test our ability to coordinate across borders,” added Gen. Zakaria.
The overall exercise will bring together approximately 2,000 service members from more than 24 African, European and North American partner nations. Flintlock is U.S. Africa Command’s premier Special Operations Forces exercise and this year includes activities in Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
The exercise is designed to strengthen the ability of partner nations in the region to protect their borders, provide security for their people, and increase the ability of all partners to work together to respond to crises.
Participating nations include Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Chad, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.