AFRICOM Commander holds talks with Nigerian Leaders

Abuja, Nigeria– United States Marine Corps General Thomas D. Waldhauser, Commander of the United States Africa Command is in Nigeria to hold a series of meetings with Nigerian military and security leaders. During his two day visit to Abuja, he is scheduled to meet the country’s military and security chiefs as well as Acting President Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

In his capacity as the Commander of AFRICOM, General Waldhauser is responsible for building defense capabilities, responding to crises, deterring and defeating transnational threats, and promoting regional security and stability.

The United States views Nigeria as a vital strategic partner, and continues to work closely together on security matters.  In particular, the United States supports Nigeria and other countries in the region to combat Boko Haram terrorists, protect civilians, and restore governance and stability in liberated areas.  In the last two years, the Nigerian security forces and regional forces from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger have made important progress in pushing Boko Haram out of the towns and villages of northeast Nigeria and the broader Lake Chad Basin region.

Tomorrow, General Waldhauser will deliver remarks at the National Defense College before concluding his visit.

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.