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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Senators consider putting AFRICOM headquarters, staff in Africa | Military Times

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A key defense lawmaker wants to know why, after more than 10 years of operations in Africa, the U.S. combatant command for the continent still isn’t located there.

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the issue may be worth revisiting in the near future, given the “disjointed” nature of AFRICOM’s current setup. The youngest of the nine combatant commands has been based in Germany since its founding in 2007.

Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, head of AFRICOM, acknowledged the topic has been discussed in the past but said shifting the main headquarters site (and about 1,500 Defense Department employees) would be a significant cost with questionable return.

Source: Senators consider putting AFRICOM headquarters, staff in Africa | Military Times

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