BUJUMBURA, Burundi (May 20, 2021) – Two U.S. Soldiers assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) provided updated communications equipment to the Burundian Army’s signaling team in Bujumbura, Burundi, to restore the African data exchange network.
The ADSN enables countries to work together on a national and tactical level through the exchange of intelligence data.
“We are happy to have you here,” said Burundian army major Nibampa FÃ©liase, a signal officer, of the US soldiers. “We enjoy working with our partners and having them here to provide practical help has exceeded our expectations.”
Personal interactions with partner countries improve our relationships with them and enable an open exchange of questions or concerns, said U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Joel Nelson, the officer in charge of the CJTF-HOA communications projects.
The CJTF-HOA team provided a kit that replaced an encryptor, two network devices, two laptops, and two phones. They also helped dismantle an obsolete satellite system that previously connected users to the ADSN.
“This is our sixth country where we have deployed the new equipment and trained partner forces,” said David Goodwin, US Army chief warrant officer 2, chief communications officer, CJTF-HOA communications. “COVID was a challenge for our travels, but we were determined to restore ADSN in East Africa.”
The team has completed updates for the ADSN in Djibouti, Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and now Burundi.
These countries can now use file sharing, voice, email and chat functions to facilitate the exchange of information between different security domains.
Each location was associated with unique challenges that were unforeseen until on-site. Whether it was a firewall, internet connection, or a hardware problem, the team managed to find a solution and accomplish the mission.