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Who We Are

On Nov. 10, 2020, the U.S. Army announced the consolidation of U.S. Army Europe and U.S. Army Africa into one Army Service Component Command.  This transformation improves the Army’s ability to meet African and European strategic and operational objectives outlined in the National Defense Strategy by consolidating ASCC functions under one, four-star headquarters.  Headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, U.S. Army Europe and Africa forces are strategically positioned across our 104-country area of responsibility to deter aggression and reassure our allies and partners of the U.S. commitment to peace and stability in Europe and Africa.

There are approximately 64,000 U.S. Army personnel assigned and deployed throughout Europe and Africa.  Only well-postured, modernized, and interoperable strategic land power can deter competitors and defeat adversaries.  Our forward presence provides the U.S. military with the strategic access vital to our missions in both theaters.  With a balanced mix of both permanent and rotational forces U.S. Army Europe and Africa is flexible, agile and well postured to deter potential threats, assure our allies and quickly respond and win should deterrence fail.

The increased responsibilities of overseeing Army operations across two continents are enabled by the reactivation of V Corps. Headquartered at Fort Knox, Kentucky, with a forward command post in Poznan, Poland, V Corps will provide oversight of operations in Europe, and once fully mission capable, command and control Atlantic Resolve rotational units and assigned units such as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, and the 41st Field Artillery Brigade.

Similarly, the Southern European Task Force - Africa, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, maintains focus on its mission as the nucleus of a joint task force for operations on the African continent. It is responsible for all Army operations and assets in Africa and Italy, to include the 173rd Airborne Brigade and Security Force Assistance Brigade teams deployed to Africa. Operational and theater enablers such as the 21st Theater Sustainment Command, 7th Army Training Command, 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, U.S. Army NATO Brigade, Installation Management Command-Europe and Regional Health Command-Europe provide essential skills and services that enable our entire force.

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What We Do

U.S. Army Europe and Africa provides ready, combat-credible land forces to deter, and if necessary, defeat aggression from any potential adversary in Europe and Africa.

To achieve this, U.S. Army Europe and Africa sets the essential conditions necessary, and is prepared to serve as the Joint Forces Land Component Command, to fight and win across the full spectrum of military operations from contingency response to large-scale, ground combat operations. 

To respond to crisis the right forces must get to the right place at the right time. U.S. Army Europe and Africa sets the theater to ensure the agile flow of forces into and throughout both the African and European theaters to respond to crisis if called upon.    

The United States stands by its allies and partners as they have stood by us. Our allies and partners are key to the U.S. Army’s overall strength.  Recognizing this, the command builds and sustains strong relationships with our allies and partners, promotes multinational military interoperability and capacity building. 

We enhance our combined capabilities through the continued emphasis on interoperability, modernization and building partner capacity.  Interoperability is not just about systems and technology; it’s about people, processes and relationships.  Enhancing interoperability builds stronger teams, fosters overmatch and enhances lethality.  The U.S. Army Europe and Africa exercise program contributes to this by building readiness, enhancing interoperability and strengthening relationships.  U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s tiered exercise program provides a joint, multinational environment to prepare allies and partners to train as they fight. Training together now builds relationships and provides shared understanding when conflict occurs.

U.S. Army Europe and Africa is also responsible for the Georgia Defense Readiness Program-Training, supporting the NATO eFP effort with forces in Poland, a constant presence in the NATO led KFOR mission ongoing in Kosovo, and Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine training missions. Additionally, U.S. Army Europe and Africa participates in hundreds of multinational exercises and security cooperation events each year. These activities enhance our professional relationships and improves overall interoperability with allies and partners. 

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Why It Matters

U.S., European and African defense concerns are inseparable as part of a stable international order. Together, these countries face a growing number of transnational threats, to include armed conflict, violent extremism, global terrorism, illicit trafficking, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and infectious disease.

The close geography and economic ties between Europe and Africa means a regional security issue left unchecked could quickly spread between both continents. U.S. Army Europe and Africa will remain at the center of the framework for strong deterrence and defense posture on both continents. Our continued presence strengthens the security and stability in the region, provides the physical deterrence necessary to counter threats to U.S. interests and honors our international commitments

History

D-Day

Each year hundreds of U.S. armed forces members join service members and civilians from all over Europe to recognize and honor the men and women of the "Greatest Generation" during the commemorative period of 1-9 June in the region of Normandy, France. Visit the D-Day website for more information.

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

US Army Europe Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Forces Dec. 13, 1944.

Distinctive Unit Insgnia

US Army Europe Distinctive Unit Insignia

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for U.S. Army Europe July 27, 1970.

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