US Army Africa commanding general visits SA Army chief


The newly appointed Commanding General of the United State Army Africa, Major General Roger Cloutier Jr and his delegation recently paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of the SA Army, Lieutenant General Lindile Yam at the SA Army Headquarters.

Yam’s entourage included Deputy Chief of the South African Army, Major General Mannetjies De Goede, Chief Director Army Corporate Services, Maj Gen Thembelani Xundu and SSO SA Army Foreign Relations, Col Buyse. Upon arrival, the seven-strong US delegation in South Africa were ushered and welcomed on 22 October.

Cloutier assumed command of US Army Africa from 3 August 2018, exactly three decades after joining his country’s Army as an Infantry officer in 1988. He is the seventh General Officer to command US Army Africa since its inception back in 2008. He succeeds Brigadier General Eugene J. LeBoeuf who led the command on an interim basis for almost two years. Amongst some of his service awards include the following; the star medal with two oak leaf cluster and defense meritorious medals.

The main purpose of the visit was to introduce himself as the new US Army Africa Commanding General and to discuss its strategic direction, future engagements and exercises with the US Army as directed by DEFCOM 2018 and in preparation for DEFCOM 2019.

After a long meeting the two Generals exchanged gifts. Amongst the gifts given to the US general was a shield of the SA Army. “Usually when the lion roars, everyone listens,” explained Yam before handing the gift to Cloutier. Another gift was a small iron face statue of the former president Nelson Mandela.