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Reserve CST Leads Multi-National CBRN Demonstration
U.S. Army Reserve Cpt. Shawna So, the survey team leader for the 773rd Civil Support Team, 7th Mission Support Command, awards a Moroccan soldier with a commander's coin, thanking them for their participation and cooperation following a CBRN demonstration at the Port of Agadir, Morocco, Jun. 9, 2023, part of African Lion. The two units trained together for weeks, sharing knowledge and techniques for reacting to HAZMAT and weapons of mass destruction events, building interoperability. Building partnerships, supporting civil infrastructure, and establishing security and professional defense institutions help a government create the stability its population needs to establish a thriving, peaceful nation. The 773rd is a technical HAZMAT reaction team, the only one of its kind in the U.S. Army Europe - Africa area of operations. Exercises such as African Lion provide opportunities for this specialized Army Reserve asset to assess, develop, and train alongside Allies and partners, getting the repetitions needed to fight and win together, on the modern-day battlefield, and illustrates the vital role America’s Army Reserve fills in unilateral military operations around the globe. 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 Morocco, from May 13 - June 18, 2023.