United States Africa Command

The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM, U.S. AFRICOM, and AFRICOM),[4] is one of the eleven unified combatant commands of the United States Department of Defense, headquartered at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. It is responsible for U.S. military operations, including fighting regional conflicts[5] and maintaining military relations with 53 African nations. Its area of responsibility covers all of Africa except Egypt, which is within the area of responsibility of the United States Central Command. U.S. AFRICOM headquarters operating budget was $276 million in fiscal year 2012.[2]

United States Africa Command
Emblem of United States Africa Command
1 October 2007
(15 years, 2 months)
1 October 2008
(14 years, 2 months)[1]
Country United States
TypeUnified combatant command
RoleGeographic combatant command
Size2,000 (1,500 stationed at HQ in Germany)[2]
Part of Department of Defense
HeadquartersKelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany
Engagements2011 military intervention in Libya
Operation Juniper Shield
Commander Gen Michael E. Langley, USMC
Deputy Commander Lt Gen Kirk W. Smith, USAF
Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement Amb Andrew Young, DOS
Chief of Staff MG Joel K. Tyler, USA
Command Senior Enlisted Leader SgtMaj Richard D. Thresher, USMC
See Leadership of the United States Africa Command
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The Commander of U.S. AFRICOM reports to the Secretary of Defense.[6] The current Commander of the U.S. Africa Command stated that the purpose of the command is to work alongside African military personnel to support their military operations.[7] In individual countries, U.S. ambassadors continue to be the primary diplomatic representative for relations with host nations. The incumbent commander is Michael E. Langley.

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