US Army's Africa, Europe commands consolidated

The new four-star command is seen as playing a vital role in supporting missions across the two interconnected theaters of operation

Photo: US Africa Command

The U.S. Army announced officially last weekend the consolidation of its Europe and Africa commands. The new command will be called U.S. Army Europe and Africa, or by its acronym USAREUR-AF. All units assigned to U.S. Army Africa will be reassigned to USAREUR-AF. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, who has received his fourth star, will command USAREUR-A and the new command has elevated to a four-star billet command.

U.S. Army Africa/Southern European Task Force is now redesignated as U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa — or SETAF-AF. Maj. Gen. Andrew Rohling, two-star general who was in charge of the former U.S. Army Africa, will serve as commander of the task force and also USAREUR-AF’s deputy commanding general for Africa.

“This consolidation enhances global and regional readiness in support of the National Defense Strategy,” Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said 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.” The new four-star command “will play a vital role in supporting missions across two interconnected theaters of operation,” the statement read. “It will also enhance efficiency by streamlining the headquarters’ ability to execute functions and improving global and regional contingency response efforts.”

The Defense News website said another benefit of the consolidation is allowing the headquarters room to focus on strategic-level tasks. SETAF-AF and the recently reactivated V Corps will “focus on readiness and interoperability with allies and partners at the operational and tactical levels,” the statement noted. V Corps has a rotational forward headquarters in Poznan, Poland, and, according to the statement, “will be integral to the planning and synchronization of operations in Europe.” SETAF-AF will be responsible for Army operations and assets in Africa and Italy, and will coordinate directly with U.S. Africa Command. U.S. Army Europe is based in Wiesbaden, Germany, and U.S. Army Africa was based in Vincenza, Italy. Based on the statement, it remains unclear whether there will be physical changes to the headquarters.