Dear supporters, Nicholette and I just got back from helping US troops in the West African country of Chad, where we supported the first ever International Women’s Day Forum in N’djamena. The event was part of Flintlock 2017, an annual military exercise among African, allied, and US special operations forces that builds the ability of West African countries to defeat terrorist groups like al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Boko Haram. Women’s involvement in the security, civil society, and the business sectors is vital to stability and progress in the region. This forum created an environment where women could freely discuss the challenges they face in their respective fields, network, and develop a plan of action. The forum was a huge success, with over 120 Chadian women leaders in attendance. The US and German ambassadors’ remarks set the tone for the day, followed by a powerful panel of successful Chadian and US military women. Click here to read more about the day’s events. As Flintlock 2017 continues, your support will allow us to support the men and women doing great work throughout West Africa. We greatly appreciate your generosity! All the best, Chris Clary Project Manager
Chris served as a Special Forces Weapons Sergeant in Afghanistan where he mentored Afghan Commandos from 2010-2011. He volunteered to return in 2012 to work with Afghan Local Police and Afghan National Police at a Village Stability site in central Afghanistan, and also took a leave of absence from SoA to deploy once more to Afghanistan with his Special Forces team in 2015.