Several U.S. military officers and a government civilian employee bound for assignments as attachés in Africa visited the Africa Center for Strategic Studies on Dec. 2. They came to learn more about the Africa Center’s academic and outreach programs and to discuss areas of mutual interest and concern before they report to their new posts.
The attachés are destined for Chad, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan.
Colonel Michael E. Garrison, U.S. Army (ret.), Deputy Director of the Africa Center, welcomed the group and presented a briefing reviewing the Africa Center’s fiscal year 2011 programs.
Dr. John Kelly, Associate Dean, provided an overview of the Africa Center’s academic program with faculty members explaining their individual areas of expertise and research projects: Dr. Brad Gutierrez, Academic Chair of Security Studies; Dr. Carolyn Haggis, Instructor; Dr. Mathurin Houngnikpo, Academic Chair of Civil-Military Relations; Dr. Assis Malaquias, Academic Chair of Defense Economics; and Colonel Gene McConville, U.S. Army, Senior Military Advisor.
Emily Renard, Community Affairs Specialist, and David Sims, Communications Manager, discussed aspects of the Africa Center’s outreach and public affairs programs.
Dana Mascali, Registrar, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ron Miller, U.S. Army, Director of Operations, described their respective duties and how they and their staffs would be interacting with the attachés once they arrived in Africa.
The attachés’ visit concluded with Dr. Gutierrez and Dr. Houngnikpo giving a briefing about current security challenges in Africa.