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Africa Regional Media Hub 

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MEDIA ADVISORY | March 13 Digital Press briefing on Exercise Flintlock in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire

EVENT:  Please join us on Monday, March 13, 2023, for a digital press briefing on Exercise Flintlock, USAFRICOM’s largest special operations exercise, happening in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire 1-15 March 2023.  Featured speaker is Special Operations Command Africa’s commander, Rear Admiral Jamie Sands.   

Rear Admiral Sands will discuss the security situation across Africa, give expert opinion about the threat of violent extremism, and highlight the special operations exercise Flintlock currently taking place in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire.  After brief opening remarks, the speaker will take questions from participating journalists. 


Speaker:                  Rear Admiral Jamie Sands, Commander of Special Operations Command Africa

Date:                         Monday, March 13, 2023

Time:                         15:00 Accra (GMT) |17:00 Johannesburg | 16:00 Stuttgart| 11:00 Washington

Language:                English.   

Ground rules:         The briefing will be on the record.   

Login info:                To be provided upon RSVP. 

RSVP:                          Please RSVP by clicking here

Twitter:                      Join the conversation at #AFHubPress and follow us on @AfricaMediaHub. 



Rear Admiral Jamie Sands III
Rear Admiral Jamie Sands III

Commander, Special Operations Command Africa

Rear Admiral Milton J. “Jamie” Sands III is the Commander, Special Operations Command Africa, headquartered at Kelley Barracks near Stuttgart, Germany.  Rear Admiral Sands is responsible for the full spectrum of Special Operations activities across the African continent and the more than 1,500 U.S. military, interagency and international military personnel operating throughout Africa and Europe.  Special Operations Command Africa is designated as U.S. Africa Command’s lead counterterror operations component.


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  • The speaker will give brief opening remarks, and then the moderator will open the floor to questions.  
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