I originally published Origins of AFRICOM at the African Loft, which is no longer available.   So I have republished it here.   I have tried to connect the official documentation and historical path that led to the creation of AFRICOM, and provide links to the original sources. I’ve tried to keep it short and tie it all together. Plus, you can refer to the original documents, and other links, for more information. Give it a look.
updated April 21, 2014