Exercise Judicious Response Epic Guardian 2019 begins in Morocco


At the invitation of the Governments of the Kingdom of Morocco, the United Kingdom and the United States, US Africa Command and subordinate service components have commenced the joint exercise Judicious Response Epic Guardian 19 in and around Agadir, Morocco.

Military personnel from the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces and the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence are participating alongside US personnel in the exercise, which began on 29 April. Exercises Judicious Response and Epic Guardian have previously been held as two separate, annual exercises that promote cooperation and understanding between regional allies and partner nations.

Previous iterations of Epic Guardian were held in Ghana, Malawi, Cameroon, Djibouti, Cabo Verde, Burkina Faso, and the Seychelles. This is the second iteration of Judicious Response to be held on the African continent, US Africa Command said. All prior iterations were Command Post Exercises held in Stuttgart, Germany, the location of US Africa Command headquarters.