British United
Services Club
of Los Angeles

3 December 2008

A declared purpose of the Club is to promote the camaraderie between persons who are serving or have served in the British Armed Forces and their American and other allied forces around the world.

Members enjoy a cocktail before dinner.

Dinner is served.

The British United Services Club of Los Angeles was founded in 1935. The Club observes British Officers Club protocol and members and guests are required to wear Mess Dress Uniform or Black Tie Dinner Jacket, with appropriate miniatures, to all dinner meetings. Lady members may wear cocktail gowns with miniatures, as appropriate.
The members meet once every month except for the month of August. All meetings are dinner meetings with a speaker appropriate for the evening.
The meetings are held at the Altadena Town and Country Club in Altadena, California, just north of Pasadena, California. Typically we see between 40 to 60 members in attendance. After dinner many members repair to the ante-room for stories and refreshment before hitting the road.

For November, the creation of the new U.S. Africa Command is highlighted.

Crest of the new U.S. Africa Command
AFRICOM officially became operational on 1 October 2008.

General W.E. Ward, U.S. Army, Commander of AFRICOM

 Bio of GEN William E. "Kip" Ward, USA 
   SECDEF Gates activation speech 
   AFRICOM, official site (maps) 

On February 6, 2007, President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced the creation of U.S. Africa Command. The decision was the culmination of a 10-year thought process within the Department of Defense (DoD) acknowledging the emerging strategic importance of Africa, and recognizing that peace and stability on the continent impacts not only Africans, but the interests of the U.S. and international community as well. Yet, the departmentís regional command structure did not account for Africa in a comprehensive way, with three different U.S. military headquarters maintaining relationships with African countries. The creation of U.S. Africa Command enables DoD to better focus its resources to support and enhance existing U.S. initiatives that help African nations, the African Union, and the regional economic communities succeed. It also provides African nations and regional organizations an integrated DoD coordination point to help address security and related needs. On September 28th the U.S. Senate confirmed General William E. "Kip" Ward as AFRICOM's first commander and AFRICOM officially became operational on 1 October 2008.

The headquarters of the U.S. Africa Command is at Kelley Barracks on the outskirts of Stuttgart, Germany. United States Africa Command, AFRICOM, one of six of the Defense Department's regional military headquarters, was declared a fully unified command on October 1, 2008. As such, Africa Command has administrative responsibility for U.S. military support to U.S. government policy in Africa, to include military-to-military relationships with 53 African nations. The other five regional commands and their locations are: U.S. Central Command, Tampa, Florida; U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany; U.S. Northern Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado; U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii; and U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Florida.

In "Members Only"

December Bulletin (11/22/08)
November Roster Update (11/03/08)
Ladies Night Meeting of 14 November (11/19/08)
In "From Members": Bill Dean's letter of condolence (12/03/08)

Links for US DOD
 Biography of Dr. Gates 
   His Speeches 

Links for Afghanistan
 Afghanistan Place Map 
 UN Afganistan Report (23 Sep 08 Update) 
   Time Line 
   CIA Fact Book 
 SACEUR Report to US Senate 
   Al Jazeera 
 2006 Baker-Hamilton Report 

Links for Iraq
 British Government 
 UK Ministry of Defence 
   US Department of Defense 
 Multi-National Force in Iraq 
   London Times-Iraq 
   NY Times Iraq 

Links for UK
 UK in USA 

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