AFRICOM under new command faces complex threat environment

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The new commander of U.S. Africa Command, Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, left, shakes hands with his predecessor, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford looks on. Dunford presided over the change of command at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, July 18, 2016. 	 Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes
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The new commander of U.S. Africa Command, Marine Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, left, shakes hands with his predecessor, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford looks on. Dunford presided over the change of command at Patch Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, July 18, 2016. Michael Abrams/Stars and Stripes

AFRICOM under new command faces complex threat environment

by: John Vandiver | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: July 19, 2016
 STUTTGART, Germany — Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser took command Monday of U.S. military missions in Africa, where a volatile mix of insurgencies and fragile states poses challenges for a growing U.S. military mission on the continent.
 
Waldhauser, who replaces retiring Gen. David Rodriguez, urged his new staff to think in unconventional ways as it confronts a range of threats stretching from Somalia in the east to Libya in the north and Nigeria in the west — all countries where Islamic militant groups are fighting for footholds.
 
“It is up to us to bring creative solutions to these challenges,” Waldhauser said during a change of command ceremony in Stuttgart, home to the headquarters of U.S. Africa Command.
 
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Waldhauser’s experience as a war fighter and strategic thinker made him the right fit at the right time for AFRICOM.
 
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