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US Army combines European and African commands

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Brownfield, assigned to 18th Military Police Brigade during the U.S. Army Europe Best Warrior Competition in Grafenwoehr, Germany, May 6, 2019. (Markus Rauchenberger/U.S. Army)
November 20, 2020

The U.S. Army announced Friday that two of its service commands, U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa, will be consolidated into one new command called U.S. Army Europe and Africa (USAREUR-AF).

The new consolidated command will be led by one four-star commander and will operate from a “rotational forward headquarters in Poznan, Poland,” U.S. Army said in a statement to American Military News.

The purpose of the consolidation is to redirect focus on strategic-level tasks, and streamline the command’s response efforts and other functions, the statement said.

“This consolidation enhances global and regional readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy,” said Ryan D. McCarthy, Secretary of the Army, in the statement. “The new structure will increase command and control effectiveness, flexibility and the capability to conduct large-scale, joint and multi-domain operations.”

In October, it was reported that Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli would be leading the newly combined command. Cavoli had led U.S. Army Europe since January 2018.

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U.S. Army Africa was activated in 1955 as the Southern European Task Force and is headquartered in Vicenza, Italy.

U.S. Army Europe was activated in 1942 and is headquartered in Kaserne, Germany.