U.S. Army Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc, the Special Operations Command Africa commander visits the Chadian Army

Today, U.S. Army Brigadier General Donald C. Bolduc, the Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) commander met with Brigadier General Abderamane Youssouf Mery, Commander of the Special Anti-Terrorist Group (SATG) and Chadian Special Operations Forces counterparts while touring local military bases in N’Djamena.  SOCAFRICA, based in Stuttgart, Germany, is U.S. Africa Command’s lead counter-terrorism component and has an enduring relationship with Chadian Special Operations Forces as the organizations collaborate on countering the threat of violent extremist organizations in the Lake Chad Basin.  The SATG is Chad’s premier counter-terrorism force providing security throughout Chad against violent extremist organizations while also supporting multi-national counter-terror missions across the African continent.

United States Special Operations Forces (USSOF) have been working with the SATG units to build capacity and share important lessons learned during regional efforts to counter violent extremist organizations such as Boko Haram.  Recent exchanges have included training on maritime operations near Lake Chad, medical readiness training exercises, and joint counter-terrorism training.

“As U.S. and Chadian Special Operations Forces again prepare to work together next month during the annual Flintlock exercise, we’re reminded of the strong partnership between our militaries,” said Bolduc.  “The SATG has been on the front lines in the fight against Boko Haram and other violent extremist organizations — I know their experiences will help to add new information and perspective to this massive multi-national training event.”

“General Mery and his team have been incredible partners and hosts.  We’re looking forward to sustaining the outstanding collaboration between SOCAFRICA and the SATG,” added Bolduc.

This meeting between the special operations forces commanders comes at a unique time, as Chad continues to be at the forefront of the fight against Boko Haram and other violent extremist organizations.  The SATG has supported counter terrorism operations in Mali, Cameroon, Nigeria, as well as here in Chad.  The relationship between USSOF and SATG has never been stronger, as highlighted by the close relationship between the two leaders.