KELLEY BARRACKS, STUTTGART, Germany – U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Christopher K. Haas, commander of Special Operations Command Africa, addresses audience members during the Commissioning Ceremony for Naval Special Warfare Unit 10 April 8, 2011 at Panzer Kaserne. Looking on is Rear Admiral Edward G. Winters III (center), commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, and U.S. Navy CDR Joseph L. Geary (right), who officially assumed command of NSWU-10 during the ceremony. NSWU-10 was commissioned as a subordinate unit of SOCAFRICA, which is a sub-unified command of U.S. Africa Command. The new unit will conduct planning, Command and Control, and provide administrative and logistical support to rotational Naval Special Operations Forces deployed in support of AFRICOM. As SOCAFRICA commander, Colonel Haas exercises operational control of U.S. Special Operations Forces within the command’s area of responsibility, which includes 53 countries and more than 13 million square miles. The primary focus of the command is on SOF missions that develop African partner capacity, provide assistance and support theater security cooperation objectives. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Maj. Bryan Purtell, SOCAFRICA PAO)
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