U.S. Embassy Hosts Logistics Workshop for South African National Defense Force

South African National Defense Force participants at the Life Cycle Management workshop

Workshop strengthens longstanding partnership and cooperation between SA National Defence Force and U.S. Department of Defense

The U.S. Embassy in Pretoria hosted a week-long workshop on Life Cycle Management as part of a larger program on Logistics Development.  The workshop, which began on Monday, August 3, 2015, concluded with the participants receiving certificates in Life Cycle Management.

This was the first workshop in a series covering multiple aspects of logistics management – including Life Cycle Management, Facilities Management, Logistics Execution, and Development – in which U.S. Embassy Pretoria partnered with the Logistics Division of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF).

“The main objective of the workshops is to give logistics experts from all services of the South African military a different view on how to do logistics,” explained Lieutenant Colonel Sergio Porres from the U.S. Embassy.  He said that the workshop presented the U.S. model on logistics management, and that he hoped that the course would allow participants to improve their current logistics development efforts.  Porres added that events like this workshop help strengthen the longstanding partnership and cooperation between SANDF and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Kennel Kamte Boer, who manages logistical training for SANDF, explained that the U.S. Embassy had extended an invitation to SANDF to participate in the program as South Africa and the United States have a Memorandum of Understanding that facilitates cooperation on joint training.

“This program offers a wide range of defense acquisitions resource management programs to its partner nations, and South Africa is part of them.”  She added that this program is intended to strengthen democratic relations and international security cooperation through acquisition, education research, and professional service.  Boer concluded, saying that she looked forward to other courses that the U.S. Embassy would host in the future.

For more information please contact the U.S. Embassy’s Press Office atUSEmbassyPretoriaPressOffice@state.gov