AFRICOM names diplomat Yates second-in-command
STUTTGART, Germany — Longtime diplomat Mary Carlin Yates has been tabbed to become one of two second-in-commands at U.S. Africa Command.
Yates, currently the foreign policy adviser to the commander at U.S. European Command, will become deputy to the commander for civil-military activities.
Her selection was announced Thursday by Army Gen. William E. Ward, who is nominated to become AFRICOM commander, at his Senate Armed Services Committee nomination hearing.
Rear Adm. Robert T. Moeller, director of the AFRICOM Transition Team, in July was selected to become the other second-in-command, deputy to the commander for military operations.
The Senate committee on Thursday night voted to recommend Ward’s nomination. The full Senate confirmed Ward on Friday.
If approved, the transition team would become AFRICOM and Ward would become its first commander, with Yates and Moeller as his deputies. The command, which has been forming since February in Stuttgart, is scheduled to become operational on Monday.
Yates previously worked as U.S. ambassador to the African nations of Burundi (1999-2002) and Ghana (2002-2005).
Yates will be responsible for aligning AFRICOM’s activities with that of other U.S. government departments and agencies carrying out U.S. foreign policy, according to Ward’s written testimony to the Senate.
She will direct the command’s plans and programs associated with health, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and security sector reform, according to Ward. Moeller will be in charge of implementing and executing the command’s activities, including those planned and programmed by Yates.