STUTTGART, Germany — Navy Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller arrived here Feb. 26 to lead the joint service U.S. Africa Command Transition Team as the Executive Director.
The Transition Team, temporarily working at Kelley Barracks, is assigned to build the theater command from the ground up with a target date of September 2008 to be fully operational.
Still in it infancy, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) will eventually have responsibility for the entire continent of Africa, except Egypt. Currently, responsibilities are being shared among U.S. European Command, Pacific Command and Central Command.
"By having one command that is focused on the entire continent, we believe that we can address issues and challenges much more coherently than with three existing commands today," Moeller said.
"The Department of Defense's plan is to eventually locate Africa Command's headquarters in Africa, but that, and many other details of the new command, still has to be determined," he said.
AFRICOM will focus mainly on humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and crisis response missions. The purpose of the command is to build upon ongoing security cooperation efforts and create new opportunities to strengthen the capabilities of partners in Africa.