Roper Honored by Army Historical Foundation

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Soldiers from the 9th Psychological Operations Battalion and the 10th Mountain Division operate Humvee-mounted loudspeakers as part of U.S. humanitarian relief efforts in Somalia. (Credit: U.S. Army)
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Roper Honored by Army Historical Foundation

Retired Col. Daniel Roper has been recognized by the Army Historical Foundation with a 2023 Distinguished Article Award for his article in ARMY magazine about the tough lessons learned from the Battle of Mogadishu 30 years ago in Somalia.

Paper: US Balancing Key Amid Morocco-Algeria Cold War

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Paper: US Balancing Key Amid Morocco-Algeria Cold War

Careful balancing by the United States can deescalate a cold war between Morocco, a U.S. ally, and Algeria, its anti-Western counterpart, according to the author of a new paper published by the Association of the U.S. Army.

Exercises in Europe to Focus on Real-World Adversaries

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Gen. Darryl A. Williams, commanding general of US Army Europe-Africa and commander of NATO’s Allied Land Command, speaks during the AUSA Contemporary Military Forum 4: Landpower in Europe and Africa at AUSA 2023 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. (Tristan Lorei for AUSA)
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Exercises in Europe to Focus on Real-World Adversaries

As Russia’s war on Ukraine wears on into its second year, the leader of U.S. Army Europe and Africa said that preparing for future fights will mean leaning into real-world battle scenarios.

Speaking Oct. 10 at the Association of the U.S. Army’s 2023 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Gen. Darryl Williams said that, following NATO's July summit emphasizing deterrence and allied support of Ukraine, the Army would stress becoming more prepared to fight the real threat in the region.

Africa Command Juggles Adversaries Big and Small

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US soldiers train with Rwandan soldiers
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Africa Command Juggles Adversaries Big and Small

The U.S. military continues to face an array of threats in Africa while keeping its eye on near-peer competitors such as China and Russia, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said.

“We’ve kept events in Africa from derailing. Our primary security focus is China as our pacing threat and Russia as our… near-term threat. We’ve been able to focus on those threats because we haven’t had to focus on Africa,” Gen. Stephen Townsend said July 28 during a media event hosted by the Defense Writers Group. 

Williams Assumes 4-Star Command

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Gen. Darryl Williams takes command of Army Europe and Africa.
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Williams Assumes 4-Star Command

U.S. Army Europe and Africa welcomed a new commanding general June 28, as Gen. Darryl Williams assumed command from Gen. Christopher Cavoli.

Williams, who received his fourth star for the new assignment, comes to Europe after serving as the 60th superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, since July 2018.

Cavoli Nominated for Top Europe, NATO Commands

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Gen. Christopher Cavoli
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Cavoli Nominated for Top Europe, NATO Commands

Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the top U.S. Army leader in Europe, has been nominated to be the next supreme allied commander, Europe, the Pentagon announced May 3.

If confirmed by the Senate, Cavoli would succeed Air Force Gen. Tod Wolters, who has held the job since May 2019. Cavoli also would take command of the U.S. European Command.

Partnerships, Training Key to ARCENT Mission Success

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Partnerships, Training Key to ARCENT Mission Success

Close contact with allies and partners, combined with solid training and education, are the cornerstones to successful missions for the soldiers and leaders of U.S. Army Central, the command’s leader said.

Army Advisers Grow Partnerships in Africa

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U.S. Soldiers training African soldiers
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Army Advisers Grow Partnerships in Africa

The 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade is expanding its presence in Africa with continuous, predictable rotations and a focus on sharing information among teams about its growing number of military partnerships.

Based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the 2nd SFAB is regionally aligned with the U.S. Africa Command area of operations. Force packages that comprise 20, 12-person teams are deploying to the continent on six-month rotations, then returning home for 12 months to reset, rearm and retrain in preparation for the next deployment.