Army steps up partnerships in Africa
The Army has built critical partnerships across the African continent, but there is still work to be done especially as armies across the region continue to fight threats such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, the outgoing commander of U.S. Army Africa told Army Times.

“Africa matters,” said Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams. “We’ve learned a lot, and we continue to learn. The enemy knows no boundaries, so it’s important to have good partners on the African continent.”

It’s more important than ever to continue working with partners, not just in Africa but around the world, Williams said.

“One of the things that strikes me is the interconnectedness of these fights, these threats that we face, whether they be in Africa or Europe,” he said. “All of the combatant commands, and certainly the [Army service component commands], we’re working the same mission sets. It’s important now more than ever that we continue to work together and communicate.”

Williams relinquished command to Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington on June 1 during a ceremony in Vicenza, Italy, where U.S. Army Africa has its headquarters.
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