AFAFRICA commander reaffirms US military commitment to North Africa

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  • By 1st Lt. Hannah Durbin
  • United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa commander, traveled to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Tunis, Tunisia, and Algiers, Algeria, Jan. 4-7 to meet with service members and key defense leaders in the region.

During the trip, Harrigian recognized the outstanding accomplishments of service members at Camp Lemonnier and discussed key policy initiatives focused on strengthening partnerships with Tunisia and Algeria.

“Our work in Africa is crucial to the success of our greater mission and the national security of the United States,” Harrigian said. “Day in and day out, our service members and partners are continuing to get after a diverse mission set despite unique and challenging situations.”

At his first stop, Camp Lemonnier, Harrigian met with deployed troops and the base’s military leadership.

For the final two legs of his trip, Harrigian joined Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett in Tunisia and Algeria. In Tunisia, Harrigian spoke to the Tunisian Air Chief, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Hajem, and the Tunisian Defense Minister, Ibrahim Bartagi, about the U.S.’ commitment to its strong relationship with Tunisia. Harrigian also thanked both leaders for Tunisia’s steadfast commitment to countering terrorism and promoting stability in the region.

In Algeria, Harrigian discussed the military partnership between the two nations. He met with both Maj. Gen. Mahmoud Laraba, the Algerian air force commander, and Maj. Gen. Ammar Amrani, the commander of the Algerian air defense forces, to lay the groundwork for additional military engagements and enhanced cooperation between the U.S. and Algeria in the future.

Visits like this play a crucial role in strengthening U.S. relationships with North African partner nations to better pursue a shared goal of global security.