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Thomas David “Tom” Waldhauser was born in December 19532 in South St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Bemidji State University where he was a member of the Platoon Leaders Class, through which he was commissioned.
His company grade assignments included platoon and company commander billets with both the 1st and 2nd Marine Divisions. As a field officer, he was a Battalion Landing Team Operations Officer and served on the faculty of the Amphibious Warfare School. He was part of the forward command in Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. As a colonel, he participated in combat operations in southern Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and in Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
General Waldhauser was promoted in July 2016 and became Commander of the U.S. Africa Command.
Pentagon officials said the government of Niger had given the U.S. military permission to fly armed drones out of the Nigerian capital. The Pentagon reportedly wants to begin flights soon—possibly in the next few days. The approval for the U.S. to conduct drone strikes could lead to an increase in U.S. military personnel in Niger to ensure the right people are there to support and operate the equipment.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Africa Command declined to offer details on “specific military authorities or permissions” granted in Niger due to “operational reasons,” but also didn’t deny such authority had been given.
The U.S. has roughly 800 troops in Niger and is building a major drone base near the center of the country. ISIS and al-Qaeda are quite active in the region.