Gen. Langley visits Horn of Africa

The commander of U.S. Africa Command conducted his first visit to Africa as the combatant commander Aug. 28-31, 2022.



By Senior Airman Destani Matheny Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Sep 02, 2022
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The commander of U.S. Africa Command conducted his first visit to Africa as the combatant commander Aug. 28-31, 2022.

During his visit, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley met with leaders of the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, and dignitaries from Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya.

Camp Lemonnier was the initial stop of many during Langley’s first familiarization tour across Africa since taking command of AFRICOM in August. He met with subject matter experts from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Joint Special Operations Task Force - Somalia and other service components on issues directly related to Africa.

“This team is doing great work at a very strategic position on our globe,” said Langley. “This mission here has been pivitable for a long time, and those in our national leadership for our country understand that. The overall magnitude of this operation is daunting. The men and women of our forces here, doing the daily task, is what adds to the fight against extremist organizations. It thrills me to see everyone here doing what it takes to satisfy the requirements to do that.”

Part of these briefings included how each organization supports each other to strengthen partnerships and influence in the region, protect U.S. interests and respond to threats.

Langley traveled from Camp Lemonnier to meet and build initial relationships with the staff in the U.S. Embassies in Djibouti and Somalia, and received outstation briefings from teams in Somalia and Kenya. These early talks reinforce the whole-of-government messaging approach to the United States’ Africa policy.

“We are incredibly honored to host General Langley,” said U.S. Army Major General Jami C. Shawley, commanding general of CJTF-HOA. “We discussed challenges and opportunities in Africa, so General Langley can report to the Secretary of Defense and Congress the whole story from our service members, civilians and contractors in Africa and highlight what we need to successfully work by, with and through our African partners in line with our defense, diplomacy and development. He is a brilliant leader, and I have no doubt that he’ll continue to advocate for Africa on the global stage to ensure all of us understand how important this continent is to the entire world.”


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Le général Langley visite la Corne de l'Afrique

Le commandant des Forces Américaines pour la Zone Afrique a effectué sa première visite en Afrique en tant que Commandant de la Zone du 28 au 31 août 2022.

Par : DESTANI MATHENY, Soldat de l’Armée de l’Air, Force opérationnelle interarmées conjointe - Corne de l'Afrique Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti 02 sept. 2022

Le commandant des Forces Américaines pour la Zone Afrique a effectué sa première visite en Afrique en tant que commandant de la Zone du 28 au 31 août 2022.

Au cours de sa visite, le général Michael Langley, du Corps des Marines des États-Unis, a rencontré les dirigeants du Département de la défense et du Département d'État des États-Unis, ainsi que des dirigeants de Djibouti, de la Somalie et du Kenya.

Le Camp Lemonnier a été la première étape d'une longue tournée de familiarisation de Langley en Afrique depuis qu'il a pris le commandement de l'AFRICOM en août. Il a rencontré des experts en la matière de la Force opérationnelle interarmées conjointe - Corne de l'Afrique, du Camp Lemonnier, de la Force opérationnelle interarmées - Somalie et d'autres composantes des services sur des questions directement liées à l'Afrique.

"Cette équipe fait un excellent travail à un endroit très stratégique de notre planète", a déclaré M. Langley. "Cette mission ici est déterminante depuis longtemps, et ceux qui sont à la tête de notre pays le comprennent. L'ampleur globale de cette opération est considérable. Les hommes et les femmes de nos forces de défense qui accomplissent des tâches au quotidien, sont distingués dans la lutte contre les organisations extrémistes. Je suis ravi de voir que tout le monde ici fait le nécessaire pour satisfaire aux exigences de cette opération."

Une partie de ces briefings portait sur la manière dont chaque entité se soutiennent mutuellement pour renforcer les partenariats et l'influence dans la région, protéger les intérêts américains et répondre aux menaces.

M. Langley a quitté le Camp Lemonnier pour rencontrer le personnel des ambassades des États-Unis à Djibouti et en Somalie et établir des relations initiales avec eux, et il a reçu des informations des équipes basées en Somalie et au Kenya. Ces premiers entretiens renforcent l'approche du message global gouvernemental de la politique africaine des États-Unis.

"Nous sommes incroyablement honorés d'accueillir le général Langley", a déclaré le Général de Division de l'armée américaine Jami C. Shawley, commandant général du CJTF-HOA. "Nous avons discuté des défis et des opportunités en Afrique, afin que le général Langley puisse rapporter au secrétaire à la Défense et au Congrès toute la situation de nos militaires, civils et entrepreneurs en Afrique et souligner ce dont nous avons besoin pour travailler avec succès avec et à travers nos partenaires africains, conformément à notre défense, notre diplomatie et notre développement. C'est un leader brillant, et je ne doute pas qu'il continuera à défendre l'Afrique sur la scène mondiale pour s'assurer que nous comprenons tous l'importance de ce continent pour le monde entier."

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