Stuttgart’s Kelley Barracks to be temporary home for new Africa Command
STUTTGART, Germany — Africa Command’s Transition Planning Team will be headquartered for now at Kelley Barracks, a U.S. military installation located in Stuttgart-Moehringen, southeast of downtown Stuttgart, according to a Defense Department official in Stuttgart who is familiar with the plan., The first members of the team, which will number about 45 people to start, began setting up offices last week at Kelley Barracks. The command’s headquarters is scheduled to be located where the current Army Garrison Stuttgart headquarters are housed, the Stuttgart official said.
The transition team took over from an Implementation Planning Team that had been working at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington.
The transition team is a microcosm of what the full command would look like, the Stuttgart official said. It is charged with deciding who and what is needed for a fully operational command, as well as other details, the official said.
Operations staffers on the transition team, for example, are studying what would be required for an AFRICOM operations directorate.
Kelley Barracks would be a temporary home for the command, perhaps for two or three years, the official said.
“The goal is for (AFRICOM) to be on the African continent,” the official said. “So the quicker the permanent home can be established and worked … Will (Kelley Barracks) be completely full with all the people for Africa Command before it moves to the African continent? We don’t know.”
The official said that combatant commands typically have 500 to 700 people attached to them, but said he did not know how many would belong to the Africa Command.
The new combatant command is said to be the first of its kind because it will include diplomatic, developmental and economic staffers in the organization from the start.
“As opposed to a military organization where you try to bolt those things onto it,” the official said. “It’s much more of an integrated approach from the beginning.”