ABOUT THE COMMAND

United States Africa Command, (U.S. AFRICOM) is one of six of the U.S. Defense Department's geographic combatant commands and is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for military relations with African nations, the African Union, and African regional security organizations. A full-spectrum combatant command, U.S. AFRICOM is responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises, and security cooperation on the African continent, its island nations, and surrounding waters. AFRICOM began initial operations on Oct. 1, 2007, and officially became an independent command on Oct. 1, 2008.

Leadership

Commander: General David M. Rodriguez, U.S. Army

Command Senior Enlisted Leader: Command Sergeant Major Darrin J. Bohn, U.S. Army

Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations: Lieutenant General Steven A. Hummer, U.S. Marine Corps

Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement: Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, U.S. Department of State

Headquarters Chief of Staff: Major General Michael J. Kingsley, U.S. Air Force

Mission

United States Africa Command, in concert with interagency and international partners, builds defense capabilities, responds to crisis, and deters and defeats transnational threats in order to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.

Personnel

U.S. Africa Command has approximately 2,000 assigned personnel, including military, U.S. federal civilian employees, and U.S. contractor employees. About 1,500 work at the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. Others are assigned to AFRICOM units at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, and RAF Molesworth, England. The command's programs in Africa are coordinated through Offices of Security Cooperation and Defense Attaché Offices in approximately 38 nations. The command also has liaison officers at key African posts, including the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre in Ghana.

AFRICOM is part of a diverse interagency team that reflects the talents, expertise, and capabilities within the entire U.S. government. The command has four Senior Foreign Service (SFS) officers in key positions as well as more than 30 personnel from more than 10 U.S. government departments and agencies, including the Departments of State and Homeland Security, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The most senior is a career State Department official who serves as the deputy to the commander for civil-military engagement. Our interagency partners bring invaluable expertise to help the command ensure its plans and activities complement those of other U.S. government programs and fit within the context of U.S. foreign policy.

Location

U.S. Africa Command is located at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart-Moehringen, Germany.

Subordinate Commands

AFRICOM's subordinate commands set the conditions for success of our security cooperation programs and activities on the continent. They perform detailed planning, provide essential command and control, establish and sustain relationships with our partners, and provide timely assessments. They are:

U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) - Operating from Vicenza, Italy, USARAF conducts sustained security engagement with African land forces to promote security, stability, and peace.

U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) - Headquartered in Naples, Italy, NAVAF's primary mission is to improve the maritime security capability and capacity of African partners. Personnel are shared with U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

U.S. Air Forces Africa (AFAFRICA) - As the air component of USAFRICOM, AFAFRICA conducts sustained security engagement and operations to promote air safety, security, and development in Africa.

U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa (MARFORAF) - Located in Stuttgart, Germany, MARFORAF conducts operations, exercises, training, and security cooperation activities throughout the African continent. Its staff is shared U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe.

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) - In the Horn of Africa, CJTF-HOA is the U.S. Africa Command organization that conducts operations in the region to enhance partner nation capacity, promote regional security and stability, dissuade conflict, and protect U.S. and coalition interests. CJTF-HOA is critical to U.S. AFRICOM's efforts to build partner capacity to counter violent extremists and address other regional security partnerships. CJTF-HOA, with approximately 2,000 personnel assigned, is headquartered at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti.

U.S. Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA) - SOCAFRICA, co-located with U.S. Africa Command at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, aims to build operational capacity, strengthen regional security and capacity initiatives, implement effective communication strategies in support of strategic objectives, and eradicate violent extremist organizations.

Funding

U.S. Africa Command's headquarters operating budget executed $274 million in Fiscal Year 2010, $286 million in Fiscal Year 2011, and $276 million in Fiscal Year 2012.

Media Releases for ABOUT THE COMMAND

USS Simpson Arrives in Casablanca, Morocco 3/7/2014
USS Simpson Arrives in Casablanca, Morocco

The guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) arrived in Casablanca for a scheduled port visit, March 6. Full Story

FLINTLOCK Builds Partnership and Capabilities of Partner African Nations 3/4/2014
Flintlock Builds Partnership and Capabilities of Partner African Nations Various countries soldiers take part in FLINTLOCK training exercise in Niger, Feb. 27, 2014. (U.S. Army photos by Spc. Timothy Clegg) Go to Album
African Nations team up with Spain, the Netherlands and AFRICOM to promote a new perspective on gender 1/28/2014
Gender Perspectives in Peace Support Operations

The issue of gender in peace support operations took a front row seat as dozens of representative from across the African continent gathered in Kenya at the International Peace Support Training Full Story

EARF Continues Support of U.S. Embassy in Juba 1/23/2014
EARF Continues Support of U.S. Embassy in Juba U.S. Army soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's East Africa Response Force (EARF), prepare to load onto a U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 22, Go to Album
US Airlifts Rwandans to Central African Republic 1/21/2014
US Airlifts Rwandans to Central African Republic Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. Full Story
Ramstein Service Members Deliver Support during Central African Republic Conflict 1/7/2014
Ramstein Service Members Deliver Support during CAR’s Conflict Members of the 37th Airlift Squadron, assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, worked alongside French military forces on the ground to deliver much-needed supplies and personnel to Central African Go to Album
U.S., Burundian Military Choose to go Far Together 12/26/2013
U.S., Burundian Military Choose to go Far Together With its continued efforts to build the capacity of its partner nations, U.S. Army Africa planners recently coordinated the deployment of a Burundian Light Infantry Battalion of 850 Soldiers and Full Story
Soldiers Prepare to Support Evacuation Operations in Juba 12/26/2013
Soldiers Prepare to Support Evacuation Operations in Juba Soldiers of the East Africa Response Force, a Djibouti-based joint team, prepare to support evacuation operations in Juba, South Sudan. At the request of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Go to Album
Admiral Landolt Retires after 32 Years of Service 12/16/2013
Admiral Landolt Retires after 32 Years of Service Rear Admiral Richard B. Landolt retires in a ceremony presided by U.S. Army General David M. Rodriguez, AFRICOM commander, at U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Dec. 13, 2013. Go to Album
U.S. Supports Peacekeeping Efforts in Central African Republic 12/12/2013
U.S. Supports Peacekeeping Efforts in Central African Republic Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and a small command and support team are on the ground in Uganda, preparing to conduct airlift operations in support of ongoing peacekeeping Full Story
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