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Congresswoman Waters visits U.S. Africa Command
Air Force Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, AFRICOM deputy to the commander for military operations,  greets Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA ) during a congressional delegation visit Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The visit was to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released)
3 photos: Congresswoman Waters visits U.S. Africa Command
Photo 1 of 3: Air Force Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, AFRICOM deputy to the commander for military operations, greets Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA ) during a congressional delegation visit Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The visit was to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released) Download full-resolution version
U.S. Africa Command senior leaders meet with a congressional delegation Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The group led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) visited AFRICOM to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released)
3 photos: Congresswoman Waters visits U.S. Africa Command
Photo 2 of 3: U.S. Africa Command senior leaders meet with a congressional delegation Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The group led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) visited AFRICOM to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released) Download full-resolution version
A congressional delegation poses with U.S Africa Command senior leaders during a tour Aug. 26, 2019. The visit led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters was to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released)
3 photos: Congresswoman Waters visits U.S. Africa Command
Photo 3 of 3: A congressional delegation poses with U.S Africa Command senior leaders during a tour Aug. 26, 2019. The visit led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters was to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released) Download full-resolution version
Air Force Lt. Gen. James C. Vechery, AFRICOM deputy to the commander for military operations,  greets Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA ) during a congressional delegation visit Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The visit was to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released)
U.S. Africa Command senior leaders meet with a congressional delegation Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. The group led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) visited AFRICOM to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released)
A congressional delegation poses with U.S Africa Command senior leaders during a tour Aug. 26, 2019. The visit led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters was to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa. (U.S. Army photo by Takisha Miller/Released)

A congressional delegation led by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) visited U.S. Africa Command Aug. 26, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany to gain insight about how the command’s operations and activities support the U.S. strategy for Africa.

The group met with senior leaders, and key personnel to discuss the versatility of the mission and the complexity of threats and challenges on the continent.

"You have a difficult task trying to build strategic relationships and promote economic development in Africa," Waters said of the U.S. AFRICOM strategy in Africa. "Congress needs to place more focus on helping African countries strengthen their governance, and on how to limit China's and Russia's corrosive influence on the continent."

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