US/Africa: 10 things to know about Biden AFRICOM nominee Michael Langley


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Lt Gen Michael E. Langley, U.S. Marine Corps, AFRICOM nominee

The Pentagon announced on 9 June that it had tapped a 37-year veteran of the Marine Corps to serve as the next head of Africa Command.

If confirmed, Lt. Gen. Michael Langley will make history as the corps’ first Black four-star officer.

1.    Marine groundbreaker

Langley’s appointment comes with a promotion to four-star general, the Marine Corps’ highest rank. He would be the first African-American to reach the top in the corps’ 246-year history, joining 73 white men. The promotion comes as the Marine Corps – and the broader US military – is under pressure to build a more diverse and inclusive fighting force.

Langley would also be the second Marine in charge of AFRICOM after Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, who served in 2016-2019. The other four have all come from the Army.

2.    African-American in charge

US/Africa: 10 things to know about Biden AFRICOM nominee Michael Langley (theafricareport.com)


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