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AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
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Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, escorts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to a brief on the command's mission and programs in Africa during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright also met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command, sharing her experiences and expressing the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 1 of 8: Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, escorts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to a brief on the command's mission and programs in Africa during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017. Albright also met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command, sharing her experiences and expressing the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and his staff brief former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the command's mission and programs in Africa during her visit on Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright also met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command, sharing her experiences and expressing the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 2 of 8: Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and his staff brief former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the command's mission and programs in Africa during her visit on Feb. 16, 2017. Albright also met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command, sharing her experiences and expressing the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addresses career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017.  Sharing her experiences and wisdom in diplomacy for America, Albright expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 3 of 8: Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addresses career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017. Sharing her experiences and wisdom in diplomacy for America, Albright expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
Amb. Susan Elliott, Civilian Deputy to the Commander, U.S. European Command (left) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meet with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and EUCOM during Albright’s visit to AFRICOM,  Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright praised attendees for their contribution to American diplomacy and expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 4 of 8: Amb. Susan Elliott, Civilian Deputy to the Commander, U.S. European Command (left) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meet with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and EUCOM during Albright’s visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017. Albright praised attendees for their contribution to American diplomacy and expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
During her visit to AFRICOM, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses for a group photo with U.S. State Department Foreign Service officers currently assigned to U.S. Africa and U.S. European Commands, Feb. 16, 2017. Albright praised the Foreign Service officers for their contribution to American diplomacy and expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 5 of 8: During her visit to AFRICOM, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses for a group photo with U.S. State Department Foreign Service officers currently assigned to U.S. Africa and U.S. European Commands, Feb. 16, 2017. Albright praised the Foreign Service officers for their contribution to American diplomacy and expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
Jehan Jones-Radgowski, political advisor for AFRICOM's Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization division (left) directs a question to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to AFRICOM on Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and EUCOM and praised them for their contribution to American diplomacy (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 6 of 8: Jehan Jones-Radgowski, political advisor for AFRICOM's Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization division (left) directs a question to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to AFRICOM on Feb. 16, 2017. Albright met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and EUCOM and praised them for their contribution to American diplomacy (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
AFN interviews former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 6, 2017. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 7 of 8: AFN interviews former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 6, 2017. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
Jon Dahms, AFRICOM's Deputy for Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization division (center) introduces former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to U.S. Army Colonel Kathy Graef, U.S. Special Operations Command-Africa's (USSOCAF) Director of Logistics (right), Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright traveled to U.S. Africa Command to learn about the command's programs and mission in Africa. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
8 photos: AFRICOM hosts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo 8 of 8: Jon Dahms, AFRICOM's Deputy for Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization division (center) introduces former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to U.S. Army Colonel Kathy Graef, U.S. Special Operations Command-Africa's (USSOCAF) Director of Logistics (right), Feb. 16, 2017. Albright traveled to U.S. Africa Command to learn about the command's programs and mission in Africa. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released) Download full-resolution version
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, escorts former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to a brief on the command's mission and programs in Africa during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright also met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command, sharing her experiences and expressing the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, and his staff brief former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on the command's mission and programs in Africa during her visit on Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright also met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command, sharing her experiences and expressing the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addresses career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European Command during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 16, 2017.  Sharing her experiences and wisdom in diplomacy for America, Albright expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
Amb. Susan Elliott, Civilian Deputy to the Commander, U.S. European Command (left) and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright meet with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and EUCOM during Albright’s visit to AFRICOM,  Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright praised attendees for their contribution to American diplomacy and expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
During her visit to AFRICOM, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright poses for a group photo with U.S. State Department Foreign Service officers currently assigned to U.S. Africa and U.S. European Commands, Feb. 16, 2017. Albright praised the Foreign Service officers for their contribution to American diplomacy and expressed the importance of “working across the aisle” to get things done. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
Jehan Jones-Radgowski, political advisor for AFRICOM's Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization division (left) directs a question to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to AFRICOM on Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright met with career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and EUCOM and praised them for their contribution to American diplomacy (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
AFN interviews former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during her visit to AFRICOM, Feb. 6, 2017. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)
Jon Dahms, AFRICOM's Deputy for Public Affairs and Communication Synchronization division (center) introduces former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to U.S. Army Colonel Kathy Graef, U.S. Special Operations Command-Africa's (USSOCAF) Director of Logistics (right), Feb. 16, 2017.  Albright traveled to U.S. Africa Command to learn about the command's programs and mission in Africa. (USAFRICOM photo by Brenda Law/Released)

STUTTGART, Germany – AFRICOM welcomed former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during a recent visit to the command’s headquarters, Feb. 16.

On her way to the annual Munich Security Conference, Albright arrived a day earlier in Stuttgart and was hosted by AFRICOM commander Gen. Thomas Waldhauser and his staff who gave a presentation on the organization’s mission and programs in Africa.   

Albright, appointed by President Bill Clinton, took office as the 64th U.S. Secretary of State on January 23, 1997, to become the first female U.S. Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government at the time of her appointment. 

After meeting with senior AFRICOM leaders, Albright then met with U.S. State Department career Foreign Service officers currently assigned to AFRICOM and U.S. European command.

Reflecting on her time in various roles in government and academia, she shared her experiences and wisdom with the current cadre of Foreign Service officers.  She praised their contributions to American diplomatic efforts and expressed the importance of “reaching across the aisle” as a way to build and nurture relationships that benefit the nation.

Albright currently serves as chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and as a professor of International Relations at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

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