Atlas Drop 2011 officially began with a morning ceremony at the Soroti Airfield in Eastern Uganda, April 13.
Atlas Drop 11, an annual joint aerial-delivery exercise sponsored by U.S. Army Africa (USARAF), brings together U.S. service members with counterparts from the Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), and is designed to enhance the readiness of both countries’ resupply and logistical capabilities.
The two-week training will consist of classroom instruction and a field training exercise. Atlas Drop 11 will increase the capability of both UPDF and U.S. forces to resupply Soldiers operating in remote areas.
Local civic leaders and dignitaries, UPDF leadership, and the Ugandan and U.S. forces involved in the exercise gathered on the airfield tarmac to commemorate the exercise's official start. Maj. Gen. Andrew Gutti, commandant of the UPDF’s Senior Command and Staff College, was the ceremony’s guest of honor.
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