General Michael Langley, USMC, Commander, U.S. Africa Command

General Michael Langley, USMC

Commander, U.S. Africa Command

Michael Elliott Langley was born in 1961 or 1962 in Shreveport, Louisiana. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and later received master’s degrees from the Naval War College and U.S. Army War College. He was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps as a second lieutenant. 

Langley has commanded at every level from platoon to regiment. He was deployed in Okinawa, Japan, and served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. 

Prior to his current position, he served as the Deputy Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Atlantic and Deputy Commander, Marine Force Command and Marine Forces Northern Command. 

He was nominated for promotion to four-star general and assigned as Commander, United States Africa Command, assuming his position in August 2022.

In the News…

A Joint Combined Exchange Training was held in mid-November between U.S. Special Operations Command Africa and the Tanzania People’s Defense Forces Marine Special Forces. The four-week exchange highlighted special operations focused on improving military-to-military interoperability. 

During their training, the military forces collaborated on various technical skills including visit, board, search, and seizure synchronizing greater maritime security efficiencies and cooperation. Honing such capabilities is of critical significance in enabling maritime security throughout vital waterways appurtenant to East Africa. 

The U.S. and Tanzanian military have a 60-year cooperative relationship. The U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania said that nation “has been a bastion of peace and stability” for the region. 


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