A change of leadership is underday at AFRICOM today. Morgan State University gaduate, Arican American, Four Star General Kip Ward had led AFRICOM from its inception from 2007 until today. Today there is a transfer of power from General Ward to General Carter Hamm as Ward previously planned to retire from the Military in May 2011.
General Ward has given his farewell http://www.africom.mil/getArticle.asp?art=6168&lang=0
AFRICOM conducts several categories of activities to support four primary goals and address current security challenges that threaten stability on the African contient. AFRICOM, has primary purposes to include:
Countering transnational and extremist threats
Contributing to stability in current zones of conflict
Addressing conditions that contribute to instability