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NEWPORT, R.I. – Navy Cmdr. James Kraska recently participated in Natural Fire 11, a USAFRICOM exercise designed to enhance regional partnerships.
 NEWPORT, R.I. - Cmdr. James Kraska (left), who teaches International Law at the War College, poses with NWC alumni Cmdr. Jason Darby (right) and Col. Charles Kahariri, Fleet Commander of the Kenyan Navy.  Kraska and Darby, the Medical Operations Officer with USAFRICOM, were in Tanzania recently to participate in Natural Fire 11, an exercise designed to enhance regional partnerships.
Natural Fire 11, which was held Sept. 7-22 in Tanzania, involved military forces from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.  Kraska, who teaches International Law at NWC, was invited to participate to share expertise on Maritime Security law and policy, and to oversee the portions of the exercise that were related to counter-piracy and Maritime Security Operations (MSO).
 
Some of the major themes of the exercise were humanitarian aid and disaster relief for East Africa and how the five nations, along with the assistance of the United States, can pool their resources and truly make a difference.
 
"Individually, as nations, these nations don't have all the resources," said Lieutenant Colonel Wayne Benjamin, logistics officer at AFRICOM J3/J4 (Operations and Logistics). "If they combine their resources, think and train collectively and have similar plans and ideas, they'll be better able to deal with the challenges that they face in the region as a community."

For more information on Natural Fire 11, please visit: http://www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=7192

Written by Lt. John Ripley