About African Lion

African Lion 24 is U.S. Africa Command's largest, premier, joint, annual exercise. This year’s event marks a significant milestone as U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) leads the exercise for U.S. Army Africa Command, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the African Lion exercise series.

The exercise runs until May 10 in Tunisia, but will continue until May 31 in three other host nations: Morocco, Ghana and Senegal. While more than 1,000 military personnel from both the U.S. and Tunisia are participating here, more than 8,000 multinational service members from 27 countries and contingents from NATO will participate in the exercise.

Under the leadership of SETAF-AF, African Lion 2024 in Tunisia showcases the commitment of the U.S. military to maintaining robust relationships with allies and partners, embodying the core principles to its approach in Africa: partner-led and U.S.-enabled.

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Video by Sgt. Therese Prats
US, Moroccans team up for Machine Gun University
U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa
June 11, 2024 | 4:02
2nd Battalion 108th Infantry, New York Army National Guard, Companies A, B, and C, and Moroccan Royal Armed Forces Soldiers received field training on machine guns and a Carl Gustaf recoilless rifle at the Aurora Range in Tantan, Morocco, 25 May 2024. Soldiers participated in machine gun crew drills where they learned about swapping barrels, handling a malfunction, and removing a Soldier off the weapon if they were killed in action. They also learned of employment of a weapons squad and took part in shooting blanks from their weapons and then moving on to live fire. A few Soldiers also partook in training for a Carl Gustaf and fired it with an instructor’s assistance.

African Lion 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint exercise led by U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), running from April 19 to May 31 across Ghana, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, with over 8,100 participants from 27 nations and NATO contingents. (U.S. Army video by Staff Sgt. Christy Parker)

(00:00) MEDIUM: Instructor explaining the process of shooting the Carl Gustaf
(12:19) WIDE: Instructor loading the Carl Gustaf and Soldier firing Carl Gustaf
(1:06:10) MEDIUM: Machine gun crew drills
(1:13:09) MEDIUM: Machine gun crew drills (barrel change) with FAR
(1:24:05) MEDIUM: Machine gun crew drills (dead gunner removal)
(1:34:10) MEDIUM: Instructor discussing the machine gun before shooting blanks
(1:53:08) MEDIUM: FAR and American Soldier shooting blanks with machine gun
(2:16:19) WIDE: Instructor getting Soldiers in attack formation with machine gun
(2:28:10) WIDE: Soldiers going uphill to firing positions
(2:34:07) MEDIUM: Group of Soldiers conducting live fire
(2:46:18) CLOSE-UP: Soldier shooting a burst on a machine gun
(2:53:23) CLOSE-UP: Scout gives Soldiers guidance where to shoot
(3:03:13) CLOSE-UP: Soldier shooting with machine gun
(3:16:13) MEDIUM: Soldier loads bullets into machine gun of his fellow Soldier
(3:34:06) CLOSE UP: Soldier hits target then close-up of Soldier
(3:45:21) CLOSE-UP: Soldier puts rounds into machine gun belt
(3:57:15) CLOSE-UP: Soldiers cheering as Soldier shoots