U.S. Africa Command Commander concludes visit to Angola

U. S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U. S. Africa Command, concluded a two-day visit to Angola to meet with Angolan President João Lourenço and other senior government officials May 18.



By U.S. Africa Command Public Affairs United States Africa Command Stuttgart, Germany May 26, 2022
View Gallery
fallback
Gallery contains 1 image

U. S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U. S. Africa Command, concluded a two-day visit to Angola to meet with Angolan President João Lourenço and other senior government officials May 18.

“I came to Angola for the purpose of strengthening military cooperation between our two nations.  In Luanda, I found a willing partner,” said Townsend.  “Our relationship with the Armed Forces of Angola is still maturing but our conversations have sharpened our focus on our mutual security concerns. U.S. AFRICOM looks forward to working with the Angolan military to develop sustainable solutions in areas like maritime security, peace-keeping operations, special operations training and the integration of simulations and more."

During his meeting with President Lourenço, Townsend, who was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Angola, Tulinabo Mushingi and U.S. Africa Command’s Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, discussed how Angola and the U.S. could partner together on shared issues including maritime security, terrorism, military professionalism, and the integration of peacekeeping capabilities. 

The U.S. representatives also met with senior leaders from the Angolan Ministry of Defense and Ministry of State where they discussed global and regional security cooperation with their counterparts. 

“Meeting senior officials from partner nations is critical to developing our relationships,” said Thresher. “Understanding their priorities and development issues -- especially as it relates to the development of a professional senior non-commissioned officer corps, will help us understand where to best focus our partnerships efforts.

This was Townsend’s first visit to Angola. 

More in Partnerships
U.S. Africa Command, international partners unite in support of autonomous solar-powered aircraft
The aircraft, on display June 14, 2022, in Spain, should become capable of multi-month, continuous flight and has potential beyond gathering intelligence that supports U.S. and partner-led efforts to counter destabilizing, violent extremist activity in Africa.
Read more
U.S. Africa Command, Morocco strengthen ties in WPS health synch
Thirty male and female officers from the FAR participated in discussions surrounding gender in military operations and opportunities to promote female officer development within their armed forces.
Read more
AFRICOM Special Operations Forces train with partners in Ghana
Bundase, Ghana -- Special Operations Command Africa forces concluded a Joint Combined Exercise Training in Bundase, Ghana in March. The team partnered with members of the Ghanaian 64th Infantry Regiment to hone special operations skills.
Read more
More in Partnerships
U.S. Africa Command, international partners unite in support of autonomous solar-powered aircraft
The aircraft, on display June 14, 2022, in Spain, should become capable of multi-month, continuous flight and has potential beyond gathering intelligence that supports U.S. and partner-led efforts to counter destabilizing, violent extremist activity in Africa.
Read more
U.S. Africa Command, Morocco strengthen ties in WPS health synch
Thirty male and female officers from the FAR participated in discussions surrounding gender in military operations and opportunities to promote female officer development within their armed forces.
Read more
AFRICOM Special Operations Forces train with partners in Ghana
Bundase, Ghana -- Special Operations Command Africa forces concluded a Joint Combined Exercise Training in Bundase, Ghana in March. The team partnered with members of the Ghanaian 64th Infantry Regiment to hone special operations skills.
Read more
More in Partnerships
U.S. Africa Command, international partners unite in support of autonomous solar-powered aircraft
The aircraft, on display June 14, 2022, in Spain, should become capable of multi-month, continuous flight and has potential beyond gathering intelligence that supports U.S. and partner-led efforts to counter destabilizing, violent extremist activity in Africa.
Read more
U.S. Africa Command, Morocco strengthen ties in WPS health synch
Thirty male and female officers from the FAR participated in discussions surrounding gender in military operations and opportunities to promote female officer development within their armed forces.
Read more
AFRICOM Special Operations Forces train with partners in Ghana
Bundase, Ghana -- Special Operations Command Africa forces concluded a Joint Combined Exercise Training in Bundase, Ghana in March. The team partnered with members of the Ghanaian 64th Infantry Regiment to hone special operations skills.
Read more