AFRICOM raises visibility, launches updated, mobile-friendly website

Site supports multiple languages to address threats to African/U.S. interests, to include video captured by our pilots of Russian aircraft en route to Libya in May.



By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs United States Africa Command Stuttgart, Germany Jun 05, 2020


With a new look, enhanced content and a desire to increase global visibility of activity on the continent, U.S. Africa Command’s updated website, www.africom.mil, is now mobile friendly and can be viewed in multiple languages. 

A featured improvement is the ability for the public to submit civilian casualty allegations in native languages. This key feature is one of the ways that U.S. Africa Command continues to increase the communication flow between critical stakeholders and the command’s civilian casualty assessment team.

“We will continue to look for ways to enhance our ability to inform and create forums to be heard. We are leveraging available technology and tools to reach more people,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Christopher Karns, director of public affairs, U.S. Africa Command.  

For instance, last week, the command released several images of Russian fighter aircraft headed to Libya, and just added a new video captured by our pilots in May.  

“It is important to expose activity that is preventing Africans from achieving a stable and more secure future,” said Karns. “Adding Russian fighter aircraft into a very complex and challenging situation in Libya, adds chaos, heightens tension, and deserves spotlighted attention. Russian officials continue to deny their involvement despite very tangible evidence.”

This video and other highlights are on the improved command website, featuring a new interactive map of the African continent, where users can find command coverage of recent events, activities and engagements in each partner nation. At this time, the interactive map feature is only available on the website and is not available on mobile devices.

In addition to the updated website, U.S. Africa Command continues to leverage the social media space with its Twitter account, Facebook accounts in English, Arabic, French, and a new Instagram account. These accounts ensure that U.S. Africa Command is able to communicate and connect with multiple audiences throughout the continent and the world in multiple languages.  

In our continued commitment to transparency, the command will continue to refine the website for functionality and an enhanced user experience. The command will increase the number of multi-lingual products to address activities, opportunities, as well as malign activity and threats to African and U.S. interests.

“Africa is an extremely important part of the world. What happens there not only impacts U.S. national security, but the international community as well,” said Karns. “Our online presence helps highlight partnership and activities in Africa while increasing visibility and dialogue on issues and activities of mutual importance.”

Editor’s Note: Imagery of the Russian aircraft can be found at: https://go.usa.gov/xwBXS

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