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Commander of the U.S. Africa Command Visits Libya

May 20, 2012
General Carter Ham, Commander of the United States African Command

General Carter Ham, Commander of the United States African Command

Tripoli - The Commander of the United States Africa Command, General Carter F. Ham, visited Libya on May 20.  General Ham became commander of U.S. Africa Command in March 2011, and in this capacity, he is responsible for relationships between the United States military and the militaries of African countries. This trip was General Ham’s second to Libya since the revolution.

General Ham’s purpose in visiting Libya was to advance the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Libyan militaries and to exchange views regarding the opportunities for the United States to assist Libya at this historic stage.  General Ham met with Minister of Defense Usama Juwyali and Chief of Staff of the Libyan Military Major General Yusif Mangush during his visit.  The meeting resulted in identifying several partnership activities to provide further assistance through training and equipment.  General Ham visited Tunisia last month to explore similar opportunities for the United States to help post-revolution countries strengthen their national defenses.

Click here for the biography of General Carter Ham.