U.S. Army Africa

Wednesday February 18, 2009

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

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Blogger's Roundtable

The White House Blog

SOCIAL NETWORKING

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • NCOs head to Capitol Hill (ARNews)
  • Teen's death triggers policy review at Fort Lewis (ST)
  • Army rethinking plan to cut U.S. troops in Europe (NJ)
  • U.S. Army Europe commander says more troops needed to meet evolving missions (ARNews)
  • 2nd Soldier at Missouri base dies of meningitis (KC)
  • Together in hallowed ground (WP)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • President orders 12,000 Soldiers, Marines to Afghanistan (ARNews)
  • New route links Afghanistan to sea, via Iran (SFC)
  • As more Afghan civilians die, so does trust of U.S. forces (CT)
  • A terrain's tragic shift (WP)
  • Pakistan lends support for U.S. military strikes (WSJ)
  • Turkey could furnish a safe way home as U.S. departs Iraq (CSM)

OF INTEREST

  • Keep casket photo ban, vets say (WT)
  • After stimulus package, Pentagon officials are preparing to pare back (NYT)
  • Arizona guardsmen take on NBA stars (ARNews)
  • The building that runs rings around the wiliest generals (WP)
  • Yongsan spouses to get employment preference (ARNews)
  • Audio: A program that helps returning warriors share (NPR)

WORLD VIEW

  • Afghanistan hails 'new U.S. ties' (BBC | Article)
  • U.S. and Uzbeks in supply route talks (FT | Article)
  • U.S. privately backs Pakistan's 'Sharia law for peace' deal with Taliban (LDT | Article)
  • Secrecy and denial as Pakistan lets CIA use airbase to strike militants (TO | Article)
  • Pakistanis rally for peace in militant stronghold (IHT | Article)
  • Syria: Assad urges U.S. to rebuild diplomatic road to Damascus (GRD | Article)

WHAT'S BEING SAID IN BLOGS

  • The Army's new recruitment tool (CH)
  • Army to stand down over suicides (VV)
  • Former U.S. Army guard at Guantanamo speaks out about abuse of detainees (AC)
  • A Soldier's recollection of Gitmo (RC3)
  • Remote control: Yes or no? (SBz)

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Events

2009: Year of the NCO

February 2009: African American History Month

Feb. 25- 27, 2009: AUSA Winter Symposium

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