New Army Africa commander talks possibility of an African-based SFAB, training African NCOs and more

Maj. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr. assumed command of U.S. Army Africa in August.

Since then, he has been preparing the service component for U.S. Africa Command’s goals in the region, while still hitting on the Army’s larger priorities for readiness.

In an interview with Army Times, Cloutier previewed regional training exercises, an upcoming re-write of Army Africa’s campaign support plan, plans to better train African partner force non-commissioned officers and the lessons he brings to command after investigating the shortfalls surrounding last year’s deadly Niger ambush.

But one of his first priorities is readiness.

“We have the responsibility to serve as a Joint Task Force headquarters, and as part of that we have an early entry command post,” Cloutier said. “Part of…

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