U.S. Army Reserve civil support team builds capacity with Tunisian partners
A soldier with the CBRN and EOD team, 61st Engineer Regiment of the Tunisian Armed Forces secures the lid of an overpack barrel during a HAZMAT training scenario, at the unit's training site in Bizert, Tunisia May 24, 2023, as part of African Lion 2023. TAF partnered with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, a highly spealized HAZMAT reaction team, training on HAZMAT reaction procedures, reconnisance strategies and decontamination methods. Exercises such as African Lion 23 provide opportunities for this specialized unit to train and educate Tunisian partners, improving their security and enabling them to better protect their borders, complementing the Tunisian Armed Forces' increased security measures. The U.S. conducts unilateral military operations, therefore we must train as members of a combined team with our partners. By training together, the U.S. military, our partners and allies get the repetitions we need to fight and win together on the modern day battlefield. 18 nations and approximately 8,000 personnel will participate in African Lion 2023, U.S. Africa Command's largest annual combined, joint exercise that will take place in multiple countries to include Tunisia from May 13 - June 18, 2023.