Telephonic Press Briefing with AFRICOM Commander Gen. Waldhauser and Commanders of the African Union Mission in Somalia and Lake Chad Basin Multi-National Task Force

EVENT:

Please join us on Thursday, April 20 at 12:00 UTC/08:00 EST /14:00 SAST for a telephonic press conference with Marine Corps. General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of AFRICOM; Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Commander of the Lake Chad Basin Multi-National Task Force (MNJTF); and Lieutenant General Osman Noor Soubagleh, Commander of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at the end of the African CHOD Conference hosted by AFRICOM. The CHOD conference that takes place in Stuttgart from 18-20 April.

AFRICOM is hosting forty-nine African military leaders to strengthen AFRICOM's relationships with the continent and provide a strategic forum to discuss key security concerns.

DETAILS:

Speaker: General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, Lieutenant General Osman Noor Soubagleh

Date: April 20, 2017

Time: 1200 UTC/0800 EST/1400 SAST

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Language: English. French and Portuguese interpretation will be offered.

Ground rules: On the record

Dial-in Info: To be provided once you RSVP

RSVP: RSVP to afmediahub@state.gov. Please indicate if you will dial in (specify English/French/Portuguese line), or request that we dial out to you (provide the phone number and language to be used).

Twitter: We will use #AFRICOMCHOD as the hashtag for the call. Follow us on @AfricaMediaHub.

LOGISTICS:

bull; Callers should dial-in to the conference call 10-15 minutes early.

bull; When an individual journalist dials-in, the operator will collect the caller's name, press affiliation, and location. When an embassy dials in, the operator will ask the embassy's name and location.

bull; The moderator will facilitate the Q and A among the connected callers.Journalists on the conference call will be instructed to press the *rdquo; and 1rdquo; buttons on their phones in order to enter the question queue. NOTE: You can press *1rdquo; at any time during the call to join the question queue, even before the moderator begins the Q and A portion. We ask that journalists limit themselves to one question and indicate to which speaker the question is directed. Journalists can also submit questions in English to afmediahub@state.gov prior to or during the call.

Biography of General Thomas D. Waldhauser:

United States Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser is the fourth Commander of the United States Africa Command. In this capacity, General Waldhauser is responsible for building defense capabilities, responding to crises, deterring and defeating transnational threats in order to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity, all in concert with interagency and international partners.

A native of South St. Paul, Minnesota, General Waldhauser graduated from Bemidji State University and was commissioned in 1976. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels in the U.S. Marine Corps, including command of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. His General Officer commands include the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command.

General Waldhauser's flag officer Joint assignments include Chief of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Joint Staff Director of Operations J3 (Acting), and Joint Staff Director for Joint Force Development J7.

General Waldhauser attended U.S. Army Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Amphibious Warfare School, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the National War College where he earned a Master's Degree in National Security Strategies.

Source: U.S. Department of State.

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