Political advisors help bring a State Department perspective to military operations and ensure that commanders and other military staff benefit from the diplomatic expertise of foreign service officers.
Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, and Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, senior enlisted leader, present the AFRICOM interagency partner of the quarter award during the AFRICOM all-hands presentation May 27, 2021. Kanishka was later recognized as the 2021 Robert D. Murphy Foreign Policy Advisor of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of State for his efforts to enable full integration of foreign policy considerations into all AFRICOM’s public messaging
Defense official visit focuses on strategy to accomplish goals in Africa (Pt. II – evolution)
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.