Lieutenant General Steven A. Hummer assumed duties as Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, United States Africa Command in June 2013.
U.S. Africa Command protects and defends the national security interests of the United States by strengthening the defense capabilities of African states and regional organizations and, when directed, conducts military operations, in order to deter and defeat transnational threats and to provide a security environment conductive to good governance and development.
Prior to his arrival in Stuttgart, Germany, Hummer served as Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Forces Northern Command. After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1970 and an honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1973, he was commissioned following graduation from Albright College, Reading, PA, in 1977.
As a company grade officer, he served in the operation forces with 3d Battalion, 3d Marines and 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. His assignments included Rifle Platoon Commander, Battalion Training Officer, Battalion Operations Officer and Company Commander. As a field grade officer, he served in the operating forces with 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force and III Marine Expeditionary Force. His assignments included Officer-In-Charge, 1st Marines Regimental Enhanced Training Section, 1st MARDIV; Operations Officer, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), III MEF; Officer-In-Charge, Special Operations Training Group, III MEF; Assistant Future Plans Officer, 1st MARDIV; Commanding Officer, Battalion Landing Team 1/1 under 13th MEU (SOC) and 15th MEU (SOC); and Commanding Officer, 7th Marines, 1st MARDIV, and Director of Operations (J-3) for US Forces – Iraq, during combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Supporting establishment duties include Registrar, Marine Corps Institute; Ceremonial Rifle Company Commander, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C; Department Head, Naval Expeditionary Warfare Training, Expeditionary Warfare Training Group Pacific; Chief of Staff, Joint Special Operations Command, with participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Pacific; Chief of Staff, US Special Operations Command; Assistant Deputy Commandant for Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; and Deputy Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command.
Professional military education includes The Basic School, Officers Infantry Course, Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, and School of Advanced Warfighting within the Marine Corps University; and the Air War College.
Civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psycho-Biology from Albright College and a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the Air War College.
USAFRICOM Commander, General David M. Rodriguez
Command Sergeant Major Darrin J. Bohn is the Command Senior Enlisted Leader, United States Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany.
Phillip Carter, a senior U.S. diplomat is Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement (DCME) of United States Africa Command. Ambassador Carter was appointed as the civilian deputy to the Commander in November 2013.
Continuity in a command environment is vital to the success of the mission and/or the program an individual is responsible for. Building an environment where that continuity, leadership and teamwork grows is the vision of the Fusion Action Cell and the Threat Security Co-Operation Hive that went fully operational on Camp Lemonnier Nov. 1, 2014.
Lieutenant General Steven A. Hummer, U.S. Africa Command's deputy to the commander for military operations (DCMO), cuts a cake for the Marine Corps' 239th birthday at the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. Marines from the command gathered to celebrate the 239th birthday of the United States Marine Corps with a special ceremony that included a videotaped message from the Commandant and a birthday cake. Lt. Gen. Steven A. Hummer, Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, served as they keynote speaker and cut the cake where he served the first pieces to the oldest and youngest Marines in attendance. Hummer spoke on the important role the Marine Corps has played throughout the history of the United States and why today's Marines must remain focused on their training and always ready to be called upon.