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Embassy Events 2007

Ambassador McCulley Visits Kayes to Observe Bilateral Peacekeeping Training

March 5, 2007
 Ambassador McCulley Poses with Officials Involved in in ACOTA Training

Ambassador McCulley Poses with Officials Involved in in ACOTA Training

On March 5, 2007, U.S. Ambassador to Mali His Excellency Terence McCulley traveled to Kayes to observe U.S.-Malian bilateral peacekeeping training.  This training was conducted under the African Contingency Operations Training Assistance (ACOTA) program, a program funded by the United States Department of State to help improve pre-deployment readiness of African peacekeeping forces.  These exercises include field and staff training, as well as support equipment such as uniforms and communications suites.

The Army regiment in Kayes is the third Malian regiment to receive training in the last two years.  Other regiments that have participated in similar training programs include those in Sevare and Sikasso.  The programs use a “train the trainer” approach that helped prepare a fully qualified core cadre of 15 Malian peacekeeping instructors capable of continuing training activities year-round without American assistance.