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Major General David R. Hogg visits Rwanda

February 09, 2011
Two soldiers look on while one bends down placing wreath. (Photo: U.S. Embassy)

Major General David R. Hogg laying a wreath at the Gisozi Memorial Center

On February 09, 2011, Major General David R. Hogg, United States Army Africa Command Commanding General, started a three-day visit to Rwanda. The visit by Major General Hogg focused on strengthening the partnership between the U.S. Army in Africa and Rwanda Defense Force (RDF).

On February 10, Major General David R. Hogg visited the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Center. After the visit, Major General David R. Hogg said that the Genocide that happened in Rwanda is not a country's issue. "This is not a country's issue. It is an international issue, and we all need to work together to prevent crisis such as this from happening."

At the RDF headquarters, Major General David R. Hogg discussed with the Rwandan Defense Forces senior army leaders about regional security situation. The U.S support for Rwanda's military was central in the discussions held at the Army Headquarter between Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg and the Chief of Defense Staff, Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga. After meeting with RDF senior army leaders, Major General Hogg visited the Peacekeeping Operations center at the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako.

Major General David R. Hogg assumed command of U.S. Army Africa on June 10, 2010 at Caserma in Italy. General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) presided over the ceremony, which signaled the departure of outgoing commander, Major Gen. William B. Garrett III.

Major General Hogg was commissioned as an Armor Officer after graduating from the United States Military Academy.  His key leadership assignments include service as a Tank Platoon Leader & XO, C Company, 3-37 Armor, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Delta Tank & HHC Commander in 5-77 Armor, 8th Infantry Division, Mannheim, Germany; Company/Team Observer-Controller at the National Training Center, Ft. Irwin, California; Battalion Commander, 2-37 Armor (Iron Dukes), 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany; Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team (Warhorse), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas (OIF 1); Commander, Operations Group, Fort Irwin, California; Assistant Division Commander-Support, 1st Armored Division, Baumholder, Germany; Commanding General, 7th US Army, Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC).