On November 15, 2022, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, personnel from Special Operations Command Africa and the Tanzania Marine Special Forces completed a Civil Affairs Joint Combined Exchange Training.
According to Tanzania Peoples Defence Forces Marine Special Forces Commander Lt. Col. Athumani Ghamunga, “This course is highly important for our special forces since it enables us to be better prepared for various scenarios and impending missions.” The chance to exchange expertise and information between our special forces is another benefit. The month-long training allowed service members from the United States and Tanzania the chance to forge and sustain vital military-to-military ties while enhancing joint and allied readiness and interoperability. Joint exchanges between the two countries are nothing new, but this exercise assisted in the development of new skills and the integration of components from the civil affairs section. This was Tanzania’s first JCET with a civil affairs concentration, according to the U.S. Army Captain Tyler Clarke, a team leader for civil affairs. The training included a strong civil affairs and civil military operations emphasis, covering civic engagements, civil reconnaissance, and tactical combat casualty care. The main goal of the JCET program is to train special operations units from partner countries in a way that will help to secure and stabilize Africa.