US Army Africa commander: ‘We’re not walking away’ from Africa

Despite reports U.S. infantry could be reduced in Africa, U.S. Army Africa commander Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr. pronounced African partners can sojourn assured a U.S. will not desert Africa.

“The summary I’m relaying to my [African] partners is we’re not walking away,” Cloutier told reporters Feb. 12. “We are still engaged.”

To behind this up, Cloutier cited a arriving African Land Forces Summit that kicks off on Feb. 18 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There, a U.S. will accommodate with land force chiefs from several African countries and other allies to “talk about issues and let them know that a United States and a U.S. infantry is still committed to being good partners,” Cloutier said.

Additionally, Cloutier pronounced another proof of U.S. rendezvous on a continent is African Lion, a multinational practice U.S. Army Africa leads that involves army from countries including Senegal and Tunisia.

The practice is slated for a open and will engage a sum of 9,000 troops, including some-more than 4,000 U.S. use members a Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, Cloutier said.

“It’s a largest practice that we’re doing and so we are display joining in that regard,” Cloutier said.

Cloutier’s remarks come as a Pentagon is conducting a examination of conflicting commands to establish if infantry need to be redistributed around a globe. Although Secretary of Defense Mark Esper pronounced Jan. 30 that a U.S. would not completely withdraw U.S. infantry from a continent, he didn’t order out some changes to couple participation in a region.

“I know a desire is whenever someone says ‘review,’ a word that automatically pops adult in their conduct is ‘reduction,’” Esper said. “It is a rebalancing.”

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“In some cases we will increase, in some cases we won’t change, and in some cases we will decrease,” Esper said.

Esper also pronounced a tip priority — after ensuring commands are good versed to lift out their missions — is to persevere courtesy to near-peer adversaries like Russia and China and pledge a U.S. is “well-postured to understanding with them” if necessary.

In this record print taken May, 30, 2018, a member of a army stands ensure during a opening of a domicile of a new five-nation West African opposite apprehension force, in Mali.(Baba Ahmed/AP)
Allies worry as US ponders slicing infantry army in Africa

As nonconformist assault grows opposite Africa, a United States is deliberation shortening a infantry participation on a continent, a pierce that worries a general partners who are operative to strengthen a quarrel in a scattered Sahel region.

Cloutier also signaled any couple adjustments ensuing from a Pentagon’s examination are designed to best exercise a National Defense Strategy

“I consider this whole examination is to make certain that a resources are aligned with a National Defense Strategy,” Cloutier said.

Although no decisions have been finalized about couple adjustments, AFRICOM Commander Army Gen. Stephen Townsend pronounced he anticipates a Pentagon examination could meant some reductions for a tasks AFRICOM conducts, along with some other modifications.

But regardless, Townsend pronounced now is not a time to put Africa on a behind burner.

“I consider in a past maybe we’ve been means to compensate reduction courtesy to Africa and it be OK for America,” Townsend told lawmakers on a Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 30 . “I don’t trust that’s a box for a future.”

The Department of Defense has approximately 6,000 crew in Africa.

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