United States Africa Command

AFRICOM Update, Episode 33 In this week's AFRICOM Update, senior policy fellows from the Council on Foreign Relations meet with AFRICOM leaders, while journalists from the countries Malawi and Botswana get an inside look at AFRICOM headquarters. Read more >
Reginald Richardson, broadcaster with Botswana Gabz FM, asks an Ebola-related question during a briefing by the AFRICOM Command Surgeon, Navy Capt. David Weiss, at U.S. Africa Command’s headquarters Nov. 18, 2014.  Ten journalists from Botswana and Malawi are in Stuttgart this week as participants of a media delegation to learn about U.S. Africa Command. The journalists, along with a military public affairs officer from each country, were invited by AFRICOM Public Affairs and selected by U.S. embassy staff to participate in a program designed to enhance journalists' understanding of the command's mission and programs on the continent. Journalists from Botswana and Malawi visit AFRICOM Ten journalists from Botswana and Malawi are in Stuttgart this week as participants of a media delegation to learn about U.S. Africa Command. Read more >
The Ebola virus causes an acute, serious illness which is often fatal if untreated. The incubation period, that is, the time interval from infection with the virus to onset of symptoms is 2 to 21 days. Humans are not infectious until they develop symptoms. First symptoms are the sudden onset of fever fatigue, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. Laboratory findings include low white blood cell and platelet counts and elevated liver enzymes. Ebola Facts Though the Ebola outbreak of 2014 is almost completely isolated to Africa, it has been documented by the World Health Organization as the largest, most complex spread since 1976, with case fatality rates varying from 25 to 90 percent. Read more >
Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, commander of the Joint Forces Command - United Assistance and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Lt. Col. Lee Hicks, JFC-UA command engineer; Capt. Tad Reed, aide to the JFC-UA commander; Gregg Gross, engineering contractor; Sam Sells, military liaison officer, U.S. Agency for International Development; Armed Forces of Liberia Capt. A. J. Halley Moore, 1st Battalion commander; and Scott Dehnisch, military liaison officer, USAID, walk down a street Nov. 3, 2014, in Ganta, Liberia, on their way to meet with local city and medical officials. Fewer Soldiers will deploy to West Africa than planned Nearly 2,200 U.S. troops are in West Africa today, working to stop the spread of Ebola, and that number will peak just short of 3,000 next month, according to the task force commander. Read more >
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus speaks to participants about the importance of maritime security at the final planning event of Exercise Cutlass Express 2015. Cutlass Express is a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored multinational maritime exercise designed to increase maritime safety and security in the waters off East Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cheryl A. Collins/Released) Exercise Cutlass Express 2015 Nations Meet to Finalize Plans SIMON’S TOWN, South Africa – Maritime professionals from South and East Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations and the U.S. met to begin finalizing plans for the fourth iteration of Cutlass Express 2015, Nov. 18. Read more >
Senior Chief Fire Controlman Mark Gilling, left, and Lt. Ray Adkins, both assigned to USS James E. Williams (DDG 95), carry soil, which will be used to plant in a nursery during a community relation event here Nov. 14, 2014. James E. Williams, an Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer homeported in Norfolk, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe (US Navy photo by Ensign Michael Scarborough/Released) Sailors Help Out at Nature Sanctuary in Seychelles Sailors assigned to the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) participated in a community relations project in Port Victoria, Seychelles, Nov. 14. Read more >