Africa Command Juggles Adversaries Big and Small

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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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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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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.

Command Prepares for Major Exercises on 2 Continents

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Command Prepares for Major Exercises on 2 Continents

Combining two key Army commands serves as a “win” for the U.S. and its allies ahead of a major multinational exercise in Africa later this year, a senior Army leader said. 

“We’re very excited about the merger,” Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa, said Feb. 23 during a press call. 

He added that “the consolidation of our two commands is a win for Africa and a win for the United States Army.”

Combined Europe and Africa Command Has Big Advantages

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Combined Europe and Africa Command Has Big Advantages

Consolidating Army operations in Europe and Africa under one command is better preparing the U.S. to face near-peer competitors, says Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of U.S. Army Europe and Africa.

Cavoli to Discuss Army Operations in Europe, Africa

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Cavoli to Discuss Army Operations in Europe, Africa

Gen. Christopher Cavoli, commander of the newly consolidated U.S. Army Europe and Africa, will speak Feb. 3 at a webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The event, part of The AUSA Noon Report series, begins at noon Eastern. It is free, but registration is required here.

Army Consolidates Europe, Africa Commands

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Army Consolidates Europe, Africa Commands

Army operations in Europe and Africa will now fall under a new command called U.S. Army Europe and Africa, the service announced.

The move consolidates Army Europe and Army Africa into one command that will serve as the Army service component command for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. It will be led by Gen. Christopher Cavoli, the Army Europe commander since January 2018 who was approved by the Senate for a fourth star and this new assignment on Sept. 30.

Army Consolidating Europe, Africa Commands

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Army Consolidating Europe, Africa Commands

The commanding general of U.S. Army Europe will receive a fourth star and lead a newly consolidated command that will support operations in both Europe and Africa.

Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, who has led Army Europe since January 2018, was confirmed by the Senate Sep. 30. He now will lead U.S. Army Europe-Africa and provide support to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.

Details on the consolidated command are still being finalized, according to an Army official.