So I guess that the administration decided that with the Arab Spring still bubbling beneath the surface and with our embassies in the danger zone…and, oh, yeah that whole Benghazi thing…they need some armed troops to pull their fat from the political fire, so General Carter Ham, the commander of AFRICOM announced that they’ll now have a Quick Reaction Force according to Stars & Stripes;
In response to a question during a recent speech at George Washington University, AFRICOM boss Gen. Carter Ham said his command is now outfitted with a new capability.
“With regard to a response force, when the command was initially formed there was a sharing arrangement with what’s called the Commander’s in-Extremis Force with European Command. That was a good relationship that up until the 1st of October of this year was a shared arrangement,” Ham said. “And now we have our own.”
While AFRICOM says the unit will be based in Fort Carson — home to the 10th Special Forces Group — it is more likely that the team of operators will spend most of its time forward-deployed in Africa, according to a recently retired Green Beret who served on multiple Commander’s in-Extremis units.
It seems to me that someone would have come to that conclusion a year or more ago. I mean, it’s not like this is the first time our embassies in the region have been attacked.