November 26, 2022

Marine Corps General Michael Langley makes first visit to the Sahel region as head of U.S. Africa Command

Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, the head of Marine Forces Command and Marine Forces Northern Command, and commanding general of Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, takes notes while touring the dock landing ship Gunston Hall March 25 prior to its deployment. (Casey Price/Marine Corps)
Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, the head of Marine Forces Command and Marine Forces Northern Command, and commanding general of Fleet Marine Force Atlantic, takes notes while touring the dock landing ship Gunston Hall March 25 prior to its deployment. (Casey Price/Marine Corps)
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U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley visited Niger and Chad, Sept. 18-21, 2022, on his second trip to Africa since taking command of U.S. Africa Command on Aug. 9, 2022.

The four-day trip included several stops to meet with host nation military leaders, U.S. Chiefs of Mission, and U.S. troops deployed to the region.

“Security and stability in the Sahel are shared interests of the United States and our partners in the region,” Langley said. “We are grateful to our security partners for their demonstrated commitment to the counter-violent extremist fight. I look forward to continuing to build on our partnerships.” 

During his stop in Niger, Langley visited troops at operational sites to witness ongoing training efforts, and assess security and force protection measures. He also met with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Susan N’Garnim and Major General Salifou Mody, Niger Armed Forces Chief of Defense, to discuss the strong U.S.-Niger security partnership and shared priorities.

In Chad, Langley visited U.S. Ambassador Alexander Laskaris and Chad’s Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces, General Abakar Abdelkarim Daoud to discuss regional security priorities. During his meetings, Langley stressed that respect for democracy and human rights enhance resilience and stability and make societies less susceptible to extremist movements. Additionally, he met with U.S. troops to observe training, equipping and capacity building efforts.  

U.S. Africa Command remains committed to bilateral partnership with Niger and Chad.

U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, with partners, counters malign actors and transnational threats, responds to crises, and strengthens security forces in order to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability and prosperity.

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