ABIDJAN – The Embassy of the United States is pleased to announce that the Commander of the United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), General David M. Rodriguez, has visited Côte d’Ivoire on Wednesday, December 10. The purpose of General Rodriguez’s visit to Côte d’Ivoire is to meet with Ivoirian leaders to discuss military and security issues.
“The United States and Côte d’Ivoire have a strong partnership based on our shared vision on the approach to regional security issues, including maritime security and transnational terrorism,” U.S. Ambassador Terence McCulley said. “This visit by General Rodriguez demonstrates the United States’ commitment to continuing to work closely with the Government of Côte d’Ivoire on these issues.
As part of his visit, General Rodriguez plans to meet with the Prime Minister, the Minister in Charge of Defense and other key military and security officials.
General Rodriguez became the third commander of AFRICOM, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, on April 5, 2013. A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, General Rodriguez earned his commission from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1976.
General Rodriguez has commanded at every level of the Army, most recently as the Commanding General of the United States Army Forces Command. He also has extensive joint operational experience as well as combat experience. General Rodriguez holds a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
General Rodriguez’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, as well as numerous foreign awards.