U.S. Africa Command’s African Lion 2024 Exercise Kicks Off in Tunisia

The U.S. Africa Command announced the commencement of African Lion 2024, its premier joint and combined exercise, in Tunisia. Hosted by the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, the exercise spans Tunisia, Senegal, Ghana, and Morocco, with over 8,000 personnel from 27 nations participating until May 31.

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh highlighted African Lion’s role in enhancing readiness and interoperability while bolstering defense capabilities against violent extremist organizations and transnational threats. The exercise, now in its 20th year, underscores the U.S. military’s commitment to regional partnerships and security cooperation in Africa.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. John A. LeBlanc praised Tunisia’s professionalism and hospitality as hosts, emphasizing the exercise’s aim to prevent conflicts and ensure readiness to respond effectively to crises.

In Tunisia, African Lion will focus on enhancing readiness and interoperability through various training activities, including live-fire exercises and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear training.

LeBlanc highlighted the diverse representation of U.S. armed forces in the exercise, emphasizing the participation of Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps personnel, including elements of the Army Reserve and National Guard.

Meanwhile, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and U.S. Marine Corps Africa are leading the African Maritime Forces Summit and Navy Infantry Leadership Symposium Africa in Accra, Ghana. The summit aims to strengthen strategic relationships and improve maritime security collaboration among more than 40 international ally and partner countries through panel discussions and networking opportunities.–News Desk