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Office of the Legal Counsel
Office of the Legal Counsel


Welcome to the U.S. Africa Command Office of the Legal Counsel (J05). Our office is located on Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart-Moehringen, Germany, but we support all USAFRICOM assets, whether in Germany, RAF Molesworth, England, or on the continent of Africa. Our personnel form a diverse interagency team that reflects the talents, expertise, and capabilities found within the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.


• Serves as the principal legal advisor to the Commander and his staff

• Provides legal advice on a myriad of issues, to include: international law, the law of armed conflict, status protections, international agreements, ethics/standards of conduct, fiscal law, contract law, military justice and civilian personnel matters

• Conducts a legal engagements program to advance the concepts that the military is subordinate to civilian authority; the military has an appropriate justice system; the military adheres to the Law of Armed Conflict; and military forces observe, respect and protect human rights.

• Communicates USAFRICOM legal positions to Component Commands

• Advocates USAFRICOM equities in Washington (DoS, OSD, JS, etc.)


To provide U.S. Africa Command with timely, accurate, and prudent legal advice that enables the Command and its Staff to execute operations which support overall mission accomplishment. The Office of the Legal Counsel will continue to build upon its commitment to excellence and to offer legal guidance and prudential advice.

The Office of the Legal Counsel provides the Command with sound and reasoned legal advice/guidance through four distinct branches:

• International Law (J052): international agreements/treaties, support to international exercise planning, foreign criminal jurisdiction, personnel exchange/foreign liaison agreements, and country law studies
• Operational Law (J053): counterterrorism, rules of engagement and rules for the use of force, intelligence law, information operations, antiterrorism and force protection, and maritime operations
• Administrative & Civil Law (J054): military justice, personnel law, fiscal law, ethics and standards of conduct, legislative affairs, FOIA & Privacy Act, humanitarian and civic assistance programs, and military transportation and travel
• Legal Engagements (J055): theater security cooperation related to the rule of law, including human rights, the Law of Armed Conflict, strategic communication, African economic and security organizations, and military-to-military engagements

Office of the Legal Counsel Mailing Address:

U.S. Africa Command
ATTN: Office of the Legal Counsel
UNIT 29951
APO AE 09751-9951
DSN: (314) 421-2458
Commercial: +49 (0)711 729-2458