Kansas City Guardsmen connect with Sister City in Africa

Members of Missouri National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City met with the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha, during the closing day of the Eastern Accord exercise on Sept. 12. Arusha and Kansas City have been sister cities since 1995. (Photo by Capt. Michelle Matthews/Missouri National Guard)

Members of Missouri National Guard's 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City met with the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha, during the closing day of the Eastern Accord exercise on Sept. 12. Arusha and Kansas City have been sister cities since 1995. (Photo by Capt. Michelle Matthews/Missouri National Guard)

By Jennifer Archdekin
ngmo.pao@us.army.mil

ARUSHA, Tanzania - While conducting a counter violent extremism exercise in Africa, Missouri Guardsmen from the 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City took time to meet with the mayor of Arusha, Tanzania, bridging the two sister cities.

Since 1995 Arusha and Kansas City have been sister cities, but according to the Kansas City mayor's office, there has never been a face-to-face exchange between the two.

During a special presentation on the closing day of the exercise, Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presented a Missouri state flag along with a special pen and letter from Kansas City Mayor Sylvester "Sly" James to the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha.

Mason, a Kansas City native, said he was honored to make the delivery.

"It was another great experience afforded to me by being a member of the National Guard and the U.S. military," said Mason. "I am glad I was able to represent the adjutant general and meet with several members of the East African nations represented there. It was especially neat seeing officers from South Sudan who represent a new nation after many years of war with Sudan."

"We look forward to continuing our relationship with our sister city," said Lyimo.

As for the exercise, Mason said the 110th MEB did an outstanding job facilitating the different training venues.

"I walked away from the trip with a greater appreciation for the challenges the East Africans have, but have a confidence in their abilities to succeed in countering extremism in their countries," said Mason.

Personnel from the brigade spent 10 days at the Eastern Accord exercise in Arusha along with representatives from seven East African countries and U.S. Army Africa. The event was designed to improve their capability to respond to regional security threats posed by violent extremist groups and to more effectively counter the associated ideology.

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Members of Missouri National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City met with the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha, during the closing day of the Eastern Accord exercise on Sept. 12. Arusha and Kansas City are sister cities. Pictured are the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, and Col. William Ward, commander of the 110th MEB. (Photo by Capt. Michelle Matthews/Missouri National Guard)

Members of Missouri National Guard's 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City met with the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha, during the closing day of the Eastern Accord exercise on Sept. 12. Arusha and Kansas City are sister cities. Pictured are the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, and Col. William Ward, commander of the 110th MEB. (Photo by Capt. Michelle Matthews/Missouri National Guard)

On the last day of the Eastern Accord training exercise in Arusha, Tanzania, Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presented the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha, with the Missouri state flag. Members of Missouri National Guard’s 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City made a point to reach out to their sister city of Arusha. (Photo by Capt. Michelle Matthews/Missouri National Guard)

On the last day of the Eastern Accord training exercise in Arusha, Tanzania, Brig. Gen. Gregory Mason, assistant adjutant general, presented the Honorable Vincent Lyimo, mayor of Arusha, with the Missouri state flag. Members of Missouri National Guard's 110th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade based in Kansas City made a point to reach out to their sister city of Arusha. (Photo by Capt. Michelle Matthews/Missouri National Guard)


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