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The military has renewed interest in moving the U.S. Africa Command from Germany back stateside, and Senator Lindsey Graham is diligently placing Charleston at the top of the relocation list.
The United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM or AFRICOM) is one of ten Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces, headquartered at Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany. It is responsible for U.S. military operations and military relations with 53 African nations - an area of responsibility covering all of Africa except Egypt.
Charleston came close to becoming the U.S. Africa Command's home just three years ago when the Pentagon was scouting the Naval Weapons Station site. Now, as talks of a move back to the states are tossed around, Graham has already begun to sweet talk AFRICOM's commander Gen. Carter F. Ham into relocating the operation to the Lowcountry.
If chosen, Charleston would be the new home for AFRICOM's 1,300 employees.
For more on the prospect of AFRICOM moving to the Lowcountry, check out the article in today's Post and Courier.