Terrorism Africa News
Mar 9, 2011 — Gen. Carter F. Ham assumed command of U.S. Africa Command from Gen. William E. Ward during a change-of-command ceremony, March 9, 2011, at the Stadthalle in Sindelfingen, Germany, on the outskirts of Stuttgart.
In November 2010, President Barack Obama nominated General Ham to be the next commander of U.S. Africa Command and, as is true with all Presidential appointees, he had to go through a confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was approved.
In the official appointment ceremony General Ham said, “I know we’ll face many challenges, some of those we can see very clearly today, while others will emerge in unexpected ways and in unexpected places. I remain wholly confident that the Africa Command team will meet each and every one of those challenges with agility, imaginative thought, and unselfish dedication. My fundamental belief is that we can and will accomplish more when we work together with our African partners.”
“These interests,” Ham said, “include concerns over violent extremist activities, piracy, illicit trafficking, Africa’s many humanitarian crises, armed conflict, and more general challenges such as the effect of HIV/AIDS.” He added, “the key remains that Africa’s future is up to Africans.”
U.S. Africa Command’s theater strategic objectives:
* Defeat the Al-Qaeda terrorist organizations and its associated networks;
* Ensure peace operations capacity exists to respond to emerging crises, and continental peace support operations are effectively fulfilling mission requirements;
* Cooperate with identified African states in the creation of an environment inhospitable to the unsanctioned possession and proliferation on Weapons of Mass Destruction;
* Improve security sector governance and increased stability through military support to comprehensive, holistic and enduring USG efforts in designated states;
* Protect populations from deadly contagions.
See the official AFRICOM website.