Some 6,500 service personnel will likely return to assignments in the United States as the U.S. Africa Command based in Stuttgart, Germany, plans a move of AFRICOM headquarters announced this week.
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander of AFRICOM, acknowledged President Donald Trump’s decision to move from Germany while assuring the U.S. remains focused on the African continent.
“It is important our African partners understand our commitment to them remains strong,” said Townsend. “U.S. Africa Command will continue to work with our African and other partners to address mutual interests.”
Townsend thanked Germany for its partnership in hosting AFRICOM and said international cooperation remains important to addressing security challenges, especially in Africa.
AFRICOM, established in 2008 at the base in Germany, will be moving some 11,900 U.S. military members, with those not headed to the U.S. likely to remain in Europe, according to the U.S. defense secretary.
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