Maj. Gen. David Francis , U.S. Army

Headquarters Chief of Staff

Maj. Gen. David Francis assumed duties as the chief of staff to the commander for U.S. Africa Command on June 9, 2023. Francis is responsible for exercising day-to-day supervision of the staff, management of matters involving the daily operations of the command, and providing counsel and advice to the commander, deputies and the command senior enlisted leader on all matters affecting the command.

Francis most recently served as the Director of Operations, U.S. Africa Command. He previously held positions as Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Ft. Novosel, Alabama; Director, Army Aviation, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff G 3/5/7; Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center / Director of Army Safety at Ft. Novosel, Ala.; Deputy Commanding General, (Support), 2nd Infantry Division (Combined), Eighth Army, Republic of Korea; and Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Ft. Novosel, Alabama.

Francis holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Gannon University, a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University, and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.