MEDIA ADVISORY | Feb. 3 Digital Media Briefing with Commander, U.S. Africa
February 3 digital media briefing with the Commander of US Africa Command, US Army General Stephen J. Townsend
EVENT: Please join us on Thursday, February 3, 2022, for a digital press briefing with the Commander of US Africa Command, US Army General Stephen J. Townsend. The press conference follows the 2022 African Chiefs of Defense Conference, which is themed “Shared Investment for a Shared Future”.
Speaker: U.S. Army General Stephen J. Townsend
Dated: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Time: 1.30 p.m. Johannesburg | 11:30 GMT | 06:30 New York
Language: English. Simultaneous interpretation in French will be provided.
Basic rules: The briefing will be recorded.
Login information: To be provided by RSVP.
RSVP: Please RSVP by clicking here
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BIOGRAPHIES OF THE SPEAKERS:
General Stephen TownsendUS Army, became the 5th Commander of US Africa Command in July 2019. Townsend’s previous assignment was to command US Army Training and Doctrine Command, where he oversaw all recruiting, training and education for the US Army .
From Griffin, Georgia, Townsend was commissioned as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army after graduating from North Georgia College in 1982. He led and commanded troops at all levels from rifle platoon to division US Army infantry and corps, as well as two combined/joint tasks. forces.
Townsend’s operational experience includes Operation Urgent Fury, Grenada; Operation Just Cause, Panama; Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti; Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan; and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. In 2016-2017, he led the multinational effort to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve.
His career includes service with four US Army divisions, the 82d Airborne, 7th Light Infantry, 101st Air Assault, and 10th Mountain; the 75th Ranger Regiment; the 3rd Separate Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division; as well as command of the XVIII Airborne Corps. His past joint service assignments include US Indo-Pacific Command, US Central Command, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Regional Command-East in Afghanistan, and Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria.
Townsend holds two master’s degrees and military qualifications and awards appropriate to his service as a career infantry officer.
- Participants must log in to join the conference 10 minutes early.
- Entrants will be asked to enter their name, press affiliation and place of residence.
- The speaker will make brief opening remarks, then the moderator will open the floor to questions.
- Participants will be prompted to type their questions or let the moderator know in chat that they want to ask a live question. Journalists can also submit written questions in advance when registering on Eventbrite or by email to [email protected].
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