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U.S. Army Africa

What is it?

Based in Vicenza, Italy, U.S. Army Africa is America's first and only All-Army team dedicated to achieving positive change in Africa. As the Army component to United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), U.S. Army Africa, in concert with national and international partners, conducts sustained security engagement with African land forces to promote peace, stability and security in Africa. As directed, the command deploys as a contingency headquarters in support of crisis response.

What has the Army done?

The transformation to U.S. Army Africa symbolizes America's enduring commitment to Africa. With about 250 members in the command, the Army recognizes U.S. Army Africa's current structure and size are inadequate and are analyzing options to increase the capabilities of the command. Regardless of size, U.S. Army Africa acknowledges the responsibility to create a world-class organization that is well-designed, expertly run and mission focused.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Just a few months ago, U.S. Army Africa had only a few members with operational experience and little knowledge of Africa's history, geography and security challenges. Today, all of U.S. Army Africa's primary staff officers and many of its junior officers and non-commissioned officers have participated in planning activities, staff talks, or exchange programs in Africa. The Command also embarked on a training and education program including week-long seminars from African experts to members of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance and added African modules to the Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace program on-line.

Top leaders from the institutional Army have visited U.S. Army Africa. They are learning the importance of U.S. Army Africa, its mission, and are committed to channeling their organization's efforts to realizing U.S. Army Africa's goals.

U.S. Army Africa is "open for business" and will coordinate all U.S. Army efforts in Africa. U.S. Army Africa will pull unique capabilities from units across our Army to achieve our goal of a stable and secure Africa.

Why is this important to the Army?

Africans may only see one U.S. Army Soldier, but that Soldier represents the strength of a million members of the active and reserve force. How U.S. Army Soldiers and civilians do their jobs will determine the command's fate in Africa. Mission success depends on fostering a favorable attitude toward U.S. Army Africa, the U.S. Army and the United States in all we do.

Resources:

U.S. Army Web site: Africa news

SETAF Web site

USAFRICOM Web site

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

- Information Papers with " 2008 Army Posture Statement"

- Early Bird News Site

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2009: Year of the NCO

February 2009: African American History Month

Feb. 25- 27, 2009: AUSA Winter Symposium

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