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Faces of AFRICOM | Office of Legal Counsel

8:25 AM8/23/2022
The "Faces of AFRICOM" project is a recurring series that aims to provide greater insight to different positions across U.S. Africa Command and how those roles support U.S. and African partner shared goals. This edition sheds light on the role of the Office of Legal Counsel from the perspective of Sandra Franzblau, a civilian attorney at U.S. Africa Command. Legal advisors are essential to U.S. Africa Command as they guide commanders and their staff on making informed decisions in accordance with the law. Their goal is to provide advice in a timely and accurate manner to ensure operations and missions are rewarding for both the U.S. military and its partners. "We are not like a traditional legal office, where we are providing legal opinions on other staff's plans. Instead, we are working as staff officers ourselves, providing guidance to the command on security cooperation activities designed to address our partner's capacity and capability gaps," Franzblau said. The Office of Legal Counsel provides legal guidance in various areas, including international law, operational law, administrative law, legal engagements, military justice, ethics/ standards of conduct, personnel matters, fiscal law, and contract law. Almost everything at U.S. Africa Command goes through the Office of Legal Counsel. "We provide essential support to the exercise program, engaging with African military legal partners on how they exercise consistent with the law. We have our own two signature legal engagements - the African Military Law Forum and the Accountability Colloquium. It is one of the most gratifying professional positions that I have ever held," said Franzblau. U.S. Africa Command is one of seven U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands. The command is responsible for all U.S. military operations, exercises, security cooperation, and conducts crisis response on the African continent in order to advance U.S. interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
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Africa Senior Enlisted Leadership Conference 2022 Europe News

12:00 AM8/23/2022
Senior Enlisted Leaders from over 20 African partner nations, the U.S., and NATO participated in the annual Senior Enlisted Leader Conference hosted by U.S. Africa Command, Aug. 22-23, 2022. The conference marks the return of face-to-face engagements after COVID-19.
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Faces of AFRICOM | U.S. Coast Guard

12:00 AM8/18/2022
The "Faces of AFRICOM" project is a recurring series that aims to provide greater insight to different positions across U.S. Africa Command and how those roles support U.S. and African partner shared goals. This edition sheds light on the role of the U.S. Coast Guard from the perspective of U.S. Coast Guard Codr. Danielle Shupe. The eight U.S. Coast Guard members stationed at U.S. Africa Command provide expertise including protecting living marine resources, environmental protection, law enforcement, drug interdiction, search and rescue, and defense operations. "African partners often tell us that the U.S. Coast Guard is their partner of choice when it comes to maritime training and development," Shupe said. U.S. Coast Guard objectives in Africa include exercising maritime security agreements, enhancing partner nation capacities and promoting the US partnership. This is achieved through joint maritime exercises, engagements, and real-world operations conducted with African partners. "In reality, most African navies are more similar to the Coast Guard than the Navy as they work to enforce national sovereignty in their territorial seas and exclusive economic zones," said Shupe. A stable and sustainable Africa reduces illicit maritime activity and prevents the spread of Violent Extremist Organizations. The U.S. Coast Guard with U.S. Africa Command is helping partner nations develop robust networks to stop illicit activities - such as illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, illegal trafficking, and piracy - at the strategic and operational levels. U.S. Africa Command is one of seven U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands. The command is responsible for all U.S. military operations, exercises, security cooperation, and conducts crisis response on the African continent in order to advance U.S. interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
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Faces of AFRICOM | Exercise Planner

9:44 AM8/17/2022
This edition sheds light on the role of Joint Training, Readiness and Exercises directorate with the help of U.S. Army Lt. Col. Adam McCombs. "A lot of the exercises focus not only on countering VEOs (violent extremist organizations) on the continent, a threat that we both share, but also promoting stability and regional security within the host nations and the surrounding nations for the objectives we are looking to achieve within the exercise program," explained McCombs. "We take a big account to what our partner nation's objectives are and making sure that the exercise also meets those ideas." The main objectives when planning exercises are to take the combatant commander's guidance for the operations and align the program in a way that achieves the campaign strategy, assists in countering threats, strengthens alliances, and increases the overall joint readiness of the force. Exercises are a necessary part of how the command operates in Africa by incorporating all lines of effort by gaining access and influence, countering threats, incorporating crisis mitigation and response, and coordinating with allies and partners. U.S. Africa Command is one of seven U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands. The command is responsible for all U.S. military operations, exercises, security cooperation, and conducts crisis response on the African continent in order to advance U.S. interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
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U.S. Africa Command welcomes new leader

11:53 AM8/16/2022
During U.S. Africa Command's change of command ceremony held Aug. 9 in Stuttgart, Germany, Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, began the formal passing of the guidon in which U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, outgoing commander, U.S. Africa Command, transferred command to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, incoming commander. The Honorable Lloyd Austin III, U.S. Department of Defense secretary of defense, presided over the ceremony and accepted the colors from Townsend before transferring them to Langley, signifying the change in leadership.
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CJTF-HOA Mission Video

2:12 PM7/25/2022
CJTF-HOA is comprised of multiple U.S. military branches, coupled with foreign armed service personnel from various allied and partner nations. We work alongside our allies and partners to counter transnational threats. Our command works against malign actors to strengthen our collective security forces and respond to crises to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
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Faces of AFRICOM | Medical Logistics

12:00 AM7/20/2022
The “Faces of AFRICOM” project is a recurring series that aims to provide greater insight to different positions across U.S. Africa Command and how those roles support U.S. and African partner shared goals. This edition sheds light on the role of medical logistics with the help of U.S. Navy Commander Byron Jordan. Jordan, along with the rest of the medical logistics team, provides intensive management of medical products as well as repair and maintenance of medical equipment. Crucial aspects to the success of the medical logistics capability are the anticipation of customer needs and the ability to self-sustain through the thorough care of equipment. Personnel known as biomedical technicians calibrate and certify the medical equipment so that medical teams can perform their jobs more effectively. “We like to be bored, but we like to be prepared if something happens,” said Jordan. U.S. Africa Command’s medical logistics team ships, moves, and manages personnel and FDA approved products in African partner nations in support of various operations and exercises throughout the year. Also under the team’s management are blood products. “If you donate blood, it could end up in Africa to help support surgery to one of our service members” said Jordan. Medical logistics is and will continue to be an integral part of the Military Health System and U.S. Africa Command operations. U.S. Africa Command is one of seven U.S. Department of Defense geographic combatant commands. The command is responsible for all U.S. military operations, exercises, security cooperation, and conducts crisis response on the African continent in order to advance U.S. interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.
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Naval Infantry Leaders Symposium - Africa 2022

12:43 PM7/11/2022
U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Tracy W. King, commander, Marine Corps Forces Europe & Africa, and Senegalese Naval Chief of Staff Rear Adm. Oumar Wade, host the Naval Infantry Leadership Symposium-Africa (NILS-A) in Dakar, Senegal, July 6-7, 2022. NILS-A is a multinational, Africa-focused forum, designed to bring together partner nations with marine forces and naval infantries to develop interoperability, crisis response capabilities, and foster relationships which will improve Africa’s maritime domain security.
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African Lion 2022

3:04 PM7/7/2022
African Lion 22 was held in Morocco, Ghana, Senegal and Tunisia, and included militaries from Brazil, Chad, France, Italy, the Netherlands the U.K. and the U.S. This effort involves strengthening our shared defense capabilities to counter transnational threats and violent extremist organizations, which is in the common good of the U.S. and African partner nations.
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U.S. Africa Command recognizes D-Day anniversary in Normandy

2:18 PM6/10/2022
U.S. Africa Command leaders participated in multiple events in Normandy, France, as part of recognizing the 78th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
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Partner nations at Flintlock 2022 train to counter VEOs, collaborate across borders

10:00 AM3/24/2022
Flintlock 2022 was hosted by Senegal, with an additional training location hosted for the first time in Cote d’Ivoire. The exercise is designed to strengthen the ability of key partner nations in the region to counter violent extremist organizations, collaborate across borders, and provide security for their people. Flintlock - U.S. Africa Command’s premier and largest annual special operations exercise - has taken place annually since 2005 across the Sahel region of Africa among nations participating in the Trans-Sahara Counter-Terrorism Partnership and are planned by African-partner nation special operations forces, Special Operations Command - Africa, and the U.S. Department of State to develop the capacity of and collaboration among African security forces to protect civilian populations.
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African Land Forces Summit: going farther together

12:00 AM3/22/2022
Military senior leaders from the U.S. Army and over 40 African countries met for the 10th African Land Forces Summit from March 21-25. The goal of the ALFS is to strengthen partnerships across Africa to improve regional and continent-wide security, as well as demonstrate to African partners that the U.S. is committed to their long-term success.
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Gen. Townsend visits Mozambique to advance mutual security interests

9:07 AM12/15/2021
U. S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U. S. Africa Command, wrapped up a multi-country trip to the Southern Africa region, Nov. 17-23. During his travels, he visited civilian and military leaders in Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. (courtesy video by: U.S. Embassy in Mozambique)
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Gen. Townsend visits Botswana to advance mutual security interests

12:00 AM11/29/2021
U. S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U. S. Africa Command, wrapped up a multi-country trip to the Southern Africa region, Nov. 17-23. During his travels, he visited civilian and military leaders in Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana. Townsend’s final stop on the trip was to Botswana where he met with several high-level members of the government and senior military members to advance the partnership between Botswana and the U.S. and discuss opportunities to increase multilateral training and military-to-military engagements.
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AFRICOM Commander concludes visit to Libya, Algeria, Tunisia

12:00 AM9/21/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, wrapped up a two-day visit to Libya, Algeria, and Tunisia, Sept. 27-28. In Algeria, Townsend, accompanied by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Gautam Rana, met with President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, and the Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army, Lt. Gen. Said Chanegriha. (Video by: U.S. Embassy to Algeria)
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AFRICOM honors Women's Equality Day

12:00 AM9/21/2021
U.S. Africa Command honored Women’s Equality Day Aug 26 by hosting several virtual panels to discuss women's experiences and the improvements towards equality within the military. Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, AFRICOM combatant commander, provided opening remarks and explained the important of the panels.
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Kentucky National Guard, Djibouti Demining Company train as part of State Partnership Program

10:02 AM9/10/2021
Kentucky National Guard engineers traveled more than 15,000 miles to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to conduct training with the Djiboutian military's Demining Company as part of the State Partnership Program from Aug. 19-29, 2021. The demining unit was established in 2001 to ensure that Djibouti could become mine-free after years of civil war throughout the 1990s; this was achieved in 2003. Eighteen years later, mines remain a threat in the surrounding region.
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Defense official visit focuses on strategy to accomplish goals in Africa (Pt. II – evolution)

2:24 PM8/31/2021
Chidi Blyden, deputy assistant secretary of defense for african affairs, visited U.S. Africa Command leadership at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, from Aug. 2-5. Blyden’s visit was intended to enhance understanding of the command and share policy and strategy objectives her office is working on. During her time she took a few moments to share her thoughts on U.S. Africa Command has evolved to meet the problem sets and challenges in Africa through shifts in thinking, resourcing and whole-of-government approach.
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Defense official visit focuses on strategy to accomplish goals (Pt. IV – women, peace, security)

12:00 AM8/30/2021
Chidi Blyden, deputy assistant secretary of defense for african affairs, visited U.S. Africa Command leadership at Kelley Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, from Aug. 2-5. Blyden’s visit was intended to enhance understanding of the command and share policy and strategy objectives her office is working on. During her time she took a few moments to share her thoughts on what leadership from a different gender perspective means.
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Humanitarian Aid reaches Algeria in form of field hospital to fight COVID-19

2:11 PM8/19/2021
Algerian and American officials inaugurated a U.S.-donated state-of-the-art field hospital near Blida, Algeria, Aug. 11, to help the nation fight the COVID-19 pandemic across the country.
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