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Release Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:50 PM
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US AFRICOM General Carter Ham to Present on the Mission of Africa Command at Howard’s Ralph Bunche Center
General Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command

WASHINGTON (January 22, 2013) – Howard University’s Ralph Bunch International Affairs Center will host a presentation by General Carter F. Ham, commanding officer of the U.S. Africa Command, Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m.   General Ham’s presentation will focus on the role and mission of the United States Africa Command. This presentation comes at a time of great interest surrounding the recent conflicts in Mali and Algeria.

General Ham became commander of U.S. Africa Command, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 9, 2011. U.S. Africa Command is one of six unified geographic commands within the Department of Defense unified command structure.

According to the U.S. Africa Command's website, the Command’s operations, exercises, and security cooperation programs support U.S. Government foreign policy and do so primarily through military-to-military activities and assistance programs. Its core mission is to assist African states and regional organizations and help them strengthen their defense capabilities to address security threats and reduce threats to U.S. interests. Learn more about U.S. Africa Command here.

The Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center was established in 1993 to serve as a focal point for Howard University's numerous international activities and interests. The Bunche Center is home to the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

WHAT:     Presentation by General Carter Ham of U.S. Africa Command

WHEN:     Thursday, Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. 

WHERE:   Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center 2218 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059


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