More US troops readied for ‘regional alignment’ with Africa

Highlanders: 4th Brigade gets ready for regional alignment with Africa

Col. Chip Daniels, commander of the 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team, discusses the brigade’s coming mission with U.S. Africa Command. (Rudy Gutierrez — El Paso Times) Fort Bliss’ 4th Armored Brigade Combat Team is getting ready for a new mission it will start in the new year.

The 1st Armored Division’s Highlander Brigade will become regionally aligned with U.S. Africa Command starting in late January and early February, said brigade commander Col. Chip Daniels. A series of missions will send all ranks of the brigade, from privates up to Daniels, to Africa for at least some part of the year.

The overall goal is to work with African nations, help them better provide their own security and help stabilize the continent, Daniels said.

"If we can go partner with African nations, learn who these people are, what they need, understand them … the intent is to prevent major conflicts from breaking out," he said.

This mission was planned long before the Ebola outbreak, and the 4th Brigade doesn’t have anyone participating in Operation United Assistance in West Africa at this time, Daniels said.

Instead, the brigade will do a four-pronged mission that will largely be centered around Eastern and Southern Africa.About 700 soldiers, mostly […]

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