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All about Naval Forces Africa and Marine Forces Africa

Tanzanian and U.S. personnel conduct medical training as part of Africa Partnership Station 2012 (Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony R. Martinez/U.S. Navy)

This is our last in a series of posts this week about some of AFRICOM’s component commands. Component commands are the building blocks of a joint command like AFRICOM, which draws from all services and military specialties. Previously this week, we introduced you to U.S. Army Africa (USARAF)U.S. Air Forces Africa and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Our other component command is Special Operations Command Africa. Today we introduce you to U.S. Naval Forces Africa and U.S. Marine Forces Africa.

Location: Naval Forces Africa is part of Naval Forces Europe and the  U.S. Sixth Fleet located in Naples, Italy. Marine Forces Africa is located at Panzer Kaserne in Stuttgart, Germany.

Staff:  Since NAVAF is part of  U.S. Naval Forces Europe/6th Fleet, there are no firm numbers for  personnel that work specifically with AFRICOM. The Naval Forces Europe headquarters includes about 620 personnel. Marine Forces Africa includes approximately 400 people.

Leadership: NAVAF falls under Admiral Bruce W. Clingan, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe/6th Fleet. The MARFOREUR commander is Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton, Jr.

AOR: The NAVEUR/NAVAF area of responsibility covers more than 20 million nautical miles of ocean and includes Russsia, Europe and most of Africa. MARFORAF operates on and around the continent of Africa.

African partnerships: NAVEUR/NAVAF conducts Africa Partnership Station, which involves ship visits and training across Africa. Marine Forces Africa will embark next week on Africa Lion in Morocco, the largest bilateral training exercise on the continent.

Interested in learning more?  Visit the NAVEUR/NAVAF home page here, or the MARFORAF page here .

U.S. Africa Command Inspector General Conference

On 4/1/2010 1:20:31 PM Christine M. Byrne, chief of IG Outreach wrote:

Group photo of the IG Conference participants in front of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre

Group photo of the IG Conference participants in front of the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana

Between 23 and 25 March 2010, U.S. Africa Command held its first Inspector General (IG) Conference at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana. The conference was hosted by the Command’s Inspector General, Colonel Ronald Baldinger, and the Commands Chief of IG Outreach, Christine Byrne, from the U.S. Agency for International Developments Office of Inspector General.

The stated conference goals were to:

  • Enhance the understanding of how Inspectors General serve as a sound construct for defense oversight and for strengthening confidence, morale and trust within a military service.
  • Develop a basic understanding of several functions of Inspectors General within a select number of countries and organizations.
  • Enhance the understanding of how corruption influences government’s ability to care for and protect its people, and how Inspectors General can assist in fighting corruption within the Military.
  • Develop a basic understanding of United States government ethics and standards of conduct required for its public servants and officials, and how these standards contribute to the above goals.

Conference participants included senior military leaders and inspectors general from 21 African nations located throughout the continent. Representatives from U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Army Africa, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and the Utah National Guard, as well as the principal deputy for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of the Inspector General, Ms. Lynne Halbrooks, provided presentations on the U.S. Inspector General system within the U.S. military and the Department of Defense.

Colonel Nicolas Casanova from the French Inspection Generale des Armees (IGA) spoke about the French Inspector General System. In addition, several thought-provoking presentations on the impact of corruption in Africa and anticorruption efforts being taken within the continent were provided by representatives from the African Parliamentarians’ Network Against Corruption, the Anticorruption Commission of Sierra Leone, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Initial feedback from participants was extremely positive. In fact, several participants requested future conferences and training on the topic of Inspectors General to enhance and further develop the IG functions within their own country. The conference highlight was the closing address by the Commander of U.S. Africa Command, General William “Kip” Ward, who spoke to the great value of Inspectors General and his experiences with them throughout his career. IGs, in whatever function or capacity, have a great impact on the success of the organizations that they are associated with. I’ve always known this and am glad that it is being embraced more and more by our partners. After all, IGs really are here to help!!

Panel of speakers at the IG Conference

Panel of speakers at the IG Conference

General William E. Ward speaking at the IG conference

General William E. Ward speaking at the IG conference

Maritime Security and Economic Development

The following blog is by Phillip J. Heyl, chief of the Air and Maritime Security Branch in the Strategy, Plans and Programs Directorate, U.S. Africa Command:

I just returned from a Consultative Workshop to develop a Maritime Security Strategy for Africa. The workshop focused on the role of Maritime Security on economic development: Not only in deterring threats to security from illegal activities such as illicit trafficking in drugs, arms and humans, and illegal fishing, but also on the positive effects of effective port security and extractive resource security in the maritime domain.

This workshop was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the discussion was led by the African Center for Strategic Studies and hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation. The Brenthurst Foundation is a Johannesburg-based think-tank focused on African development. Included were senior military and civilian leaders from Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, and South Africa. We were also joined by our partners from Department of State, DoD(policy), U.S. Naval Forces Africa, and Institute for Strategic Studies (South Africa).

The working group will report its recommendations for a comprehensive Maritime Strategy to the African Union by the first of April 2010.

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