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U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division pull security during a training scenario for Shared Accord 2017 at the South African Army Combat Training Center on July 19, 2017.

U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division pull security during a training scenario for Shared Accord 2017 at the South African Army Combat Training Center on July 19, 2017. (Tadow McDonald/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division pull security during a training scenario for Shared Accord 2017 at the South African Army Combat Training Center on July 19, 2017.

U.S. Army soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division pull security during a training scenario for Shared Accord 2017 at the South African Army Combat Training Center on July 19, 2017. (Tadow McDonald/U.S. Army)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Zachary Lewis, 101st Airborne Division, meets with village leadership during a riot training scenario at Shared Accord 2017 in South Africa.

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Zachary Lewis, 101st Airborne Division, meets with village leadership during a riot training scenario at Shared Accord 2017 in South Africa. ( U.S. Army)

A member of the South African National Defense Force instructs U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, and troops from the South African Navy, Maritime Reaction Squadron, in bush terrain survival July 19, 2017, during the Shared Accord 2017 exercise in Lohatla, South Africa.

A member of the South African National Defense Force instructs U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, and troops from the South African Navy, Maritime Reaction Squadron, in bush terrain survival July 19, 2017, during the Shared Accord 2017 exercise in Lohatla, South Africa. (Alexandra Hays/U.S. Army)

A peacekeeping exercise with U.S. and South African troops headed into its final week as the troops practiced U.N. peacekeeping procedures, trained in detecting roadside bombs and learned “bush craft.”.

The peacekeeping component involved mock demonstrations, logistical ambushes and food riots at an internally displaced persons camp.

The annual Shared Accord exercise, held in Lohatla, South Africa, includes some 300 U.S. troops this year — many of them from the Ft. Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division — and 800 South African troops, said Maj. Jeremy Passut, a U.S. Army Africa spokesman.

He said its goal was to build partnership and interoperability between the two militaries and served as “yet another brick in USARAF’s foundation of being a trusted and respected partner in the region and on the African continent.”

The exercise, which started July 17, also provided USARAF and its regionally aligned forces an opportunity to plan deploying and sustaining troops to Africa, rehearse setting up a command post, and practice deploying equipment pre-positioned for contingencies in Livorno, Italy, Passut said.

“When factoring this in with the training that took place at the exercise, it makes for as realistic scenario one could hope for in a training event,” he said.

The exercise, which ends Aug. 3, is to culminate in live-fire exercises.

montgomery.nancy@stripes.com

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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