This comment is in response to anonymous on 3-1-2009. Yes. White men came to Africa and took captives and it was wrong. How can you blame your own people killing each other on this event over 500 years ago? Africa's chaos is caused by internal instability and fighting amongst one another. The problem is, you can't let things go. You have to get even. Americans fought the British and now we work together. I'll probably be accused of racism for even commenting. AFRICOM received 50 million in 2007, 75.5 million in 2008, and is asking for 392 million all for African aid and military security. We aren't here to steal your land, were just trying to help.
On 4/8/2009 8:17:34 PM, Herb in Liberia said:
We applaud former Presidenrt Bush and Defense Secretary Gates for being visionaries in setting up the Africa Command This will bring stability to the continent by minimizing the access of other ill minded foreign entities who have secretly fueled coups and civil unrest due the lack of USA presence in the region, particularly West Africa. This area that is promising for the future—God bless Africa and the United States
On 3/19/2009 1:26:10 AM, joseph in Korea said:
If its real it better be in Nigeria or it will fail
On 3/2/2009 11:43:47 AM, Chris in Nigeria said:
Mine are 2 questions. Kindly reply. How does the military in the African countries fit into this ARICOM program to ensure the security of their states? What are the limitations of the AFRICOM with respect to helping them build their military competences.
On 3/1/2009 3:46:41 PM, Anonymous in Unspecified said:
White man came to our land carrying a bible—told us to close our eyes, pray. By the time we finish our prayers, opened our eyes, the While man ended up having our land—we ended up landless with White man's bible in our hand. Desmond Tutu. Africa fell victim to European scavengers, preaching in the name of God, Christianity civilization, Now, after 500 years of war, genocide, slavery, invasion, occupation, looting of Africa, why would Africans succumb to Africom, playing the same trick all over again? im christain and love god but hate how people in history have abuse his name
Rear Adm. Michelle Howard Assumes Command of Counter-Piracy Task Force CTF 151, ESG 2
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News from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet Combined Maritime Forces.
Dispatches from the Front:
USS BOXER, At Sea, April 5, 2009 — Rear Adm. Michelle Howard assumed command of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 during a ceremony held on board USS Boxer (LHD 4) today and relieved Rear Adm. Terence McKnight, ESG 2’s commander since November 2007.
In addition to relieving McKnight as the ESG 2 commander, Howard assumes command of several U.S. 5th Fleet task forces, including Combined Task Force (CTF) 51 and 59, as well as CTF 151, an international maritime coalition created to disrupt, deter and thwart piracy.
“I’m very fortunate to follow behind Admiral McKnight,” said Howard. “He and the staff have done a terrific job in standing up CTF 151. His leadership will be missed on the waterfront.”
As commander of ESG 2, McKnight was responsible for all of the amphibious assets based on the U.S. East Coast and upon deploying to the U.S. 5th Fleet’s area of operations in January 2009, he assumed command of CTF 151.
McKnight said commanding ESG 2 has been an incredible experience and one he will never forget.
“This has definitely been one of the more exciting assignments of my career,” he said. “Not only did I never think I’d be sailing the ocean chasing pirates, I certainly never thought I’d be doing it alongside the navies of so many different countries, especially Russia and China.”
“My time at ESG 2 has been amazing,” McKnight continued. “In addition to all the exercises and contingencies we were involved with before we deployed, I was privileged enough to have hosted a Great White Fleet event in New York City along with my staff and we also played a big part in the grand re-opening of the Intrepid museum during Veterans Day Weekend 2008. Those two events will certainly remain cherished memories when I look back at my career.”
As the first African-American woman to command a U.S. Navy ship, Howard said she understands the magnitude of bridging cultural and international gaps.
“ESG 2 has executed the three missions they’re responsible for without missing a beat,” she said. “My top priority right now is to deter piracy here in the Gulf of Aden. I want to continue the extensive international coordination Admiral McKnight started. That’s the true key to defeating piracy. Piracy is a problem that affects all maritime nations and requires an international solution. I’m looking forward to working with naval professionals from around the world on this vital mission.”
CTF 151 is a multinational task force established to conduct counter-piracy operations under a mission-based mandate throughout the CMF area of responsibility to actively deter, disrupt and suppress piracy in order to protect global maritime security and secure freedom of navigation for the benefit of all nations.
Howard previously served as Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy.
(Report by Lt. John Fage, Expeditionary Strike Group 2 Public Affairs.)
Rear Admiral Michelle Howard
Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group 2.
Rear Admiral Michelle Howard is a 1978 graduate of Gateway High School in Aurora, Colo. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and from the Army’s Command and General Staff College in 1998, with a master's degree in Military Arts and Sciences.
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