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​Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passes the US Africa Command flag to Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser during a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany, July 18, 2016. DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro.

​Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser took command of US Africa Command during a Monday ceremony in Germany, pledging to lead US forces to help build a “secure, stable, and prosperous African continent. Waldhauser, who was confirmed in late June, took command from retiring Army Gen. David Rodriguez. Waldhauser, who previously served as director for joint force development for the Joint Staff, said one of the biggest challenges will be combating the rise of ISIS, though he said during his June 21 nomination hearing that additional troops will not be needed for the fight. “I certainly recognize the many complicated and diverse challenges this command faces every day across the vast African continent,” Waldhauser said at the change of command ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. “It is up to us to bring forward creative and viable solutions to these challenges and view each one as an opportunity.”