ACSS welcomed Rear Admiral Michael T. Franken recently as he prepares to assume his new duties as CJTF-HOA Commander. ACSS Deputy Director Michael Garrison, briefed Admiral Franken on the Center’s work with an in-depth look at priority programs, including transnational threats, the upcoming African Executive Dialog and Introduction to African Security Issues Seminars.
The Admiral showed his appreciation for the complexities of the Center’s work and engaged Deputy Garrison and other senior ACSS staff present for the briefing on the many challenges facing his areas of responsibilities.
Admiral Franken most recently served as Vice Director, Strategy, Plans, and Policy (J5) U.S. Central Command where he was responsible for regional security engagement, planning efforts, and future force posturing . He was active in transitioning the U.S. military effort in Iraq to the U.S. State Department, in the buildup of forces in Afghanistan, and supporting operations in Pakistan.
Deputy Garrison discussed many of the challenges facing ACSS in developing and implementing programs to support the United States policy African affairs goals. ACSS looks forward to working with Rear Admiral Franken and the CJTF-HOA staff in the coming year.