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Secretary of Defense Meets with AFRICOM Leadership
U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper visited U.S. Africa Command Sep. 5, 2019, in Stuttgart, Germany to meet with command leadership and better understand the command’s efforts and operations in Africa.
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper participates in a roundtable discussion with the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
5 photos: Secretary of Defense Meets with AFRICOM Leadership
Photo 1 of 5: Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper participates in a roundtable discussion with the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019. Download full-resolution version
Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, shakes hands with Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe during a visit from Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Sep. 5, 2019.
5 photos: Secretary of Defense Meets with AFRICOM Leadership
Photo 2 of 5: Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, shakes hands with Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe during a visit from Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Sep. 5, 2019. Download full-resolution version
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
5 photos: Secretary of Defense Meets with AFRICOM Leadership
Photo 3 of 5: Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019. Download full-resolution version
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
5 photos: Secretary of Defense Meets with AFRICOM Leadership
Photo 4 of 5: Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019. Download full-resolution version
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
5 photos: Secretary of Defense Meets with AFRICOM Leadership
Photo 5 of 5: Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019. Download full-resolution version
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper participates in a roundtable discussion with the commander of U.S. Africa Command, Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
Army Gen. Stephen J. Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, shakes hands with Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander, U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe during a visit from Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Sep. 5, 2019.
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds a town hall with troops from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 5, 2019.

Stuttgart, Germany – U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper visited U.S. Africa Command Sep. 5, 2019, in Stuttgart, Germany to meet with command leadership and better understand the command’s efforts and operations in Africa.

During the visit, Esper met with U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM component and subordinate commanders, and other key leaders.

“[I] took part in a roundtable discussion with U.S. Africa Command leadership on National Defense Strategy implementation in Africa,” Esper said. “The African theater is integral to achieving our national security objectives.”

The role of AFRICOM in addressing Chinese and Russian influence in Africa and counterterrorism efforts on the continent was discussed during the meetings, he said.

Esper also addressed AFRICOM and U.S. European Command personnel during a town hall meeting held at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart.

“I am proud of our service members for their unwavering dedication,” he said. “Without them, our country could not be the force for good in the world it is today.”

This was his first visit to the command since becoming Secretary of Defense.  

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