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U.S. State Dept. taps Engility for peacekeeper training

Sept. 12, 2013 at 1:38 PM   |   Comments

CHANTILLY, Va., Sept. 12 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has given six task orders worth more than $28 million to Engility Holdings Inc. for training of forces in six African countries.

The task orders were issued under the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) contract, a program managed by the Bureau of African Affairs in the U.S. Department of State.

ACOTA provides extensive training for African peacekeepers. The countries where the training will be provided by Engility Holdings are Djibouti, Nigeria, Malawi, Benin, Rwanda and Tanzania.

"We are very proud to partner with the State Department to support this important multi-national peacekeeping program," said Engility President and Chief Executive Officer Tony Smeraglinolo. "These very recent contract wins underscore the momentum we have in Africa as well as the outstanding reputation our employees have earned on the African continent. Africa is important to the interests of the United States and we welcome the opportunity to support these interests."

The government services company did not disclose performance timelines of the task orders.

In addition to training multi-national peacekeeping forces in Africa, Engility is supporting a U.S. Agency for International Development program to boost agricultural efficiencies and capabilities in Senegal.

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