A Rwanda Defense Force soldier calls in a 9-line report to request a medical evacuation, while Army Sgt. Jonathan Lopez, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment medic, observes during a medical exercise Sept. 9, 2016, at the Rwanda Military Academy, Rwanda. The exercise, part of a two-week medical course, tested the RDF soldiers’ abilities to apply techniques of care under fire and other battlefield medical tactics. U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, instructed the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Enabling and Strengthening Partners CJTF-HOA assists its East African partners with countering violent extremist organizations in the region to prevent them from threatening U.S. or East African people or interests.

The command strengthens the defense capability, capacity and coordination among its partners to enable them to provide for their own security, combat transnational threats and respond to crises.

Supporting African militaries and regional organizations with training, information sharing, advice and assistance is paramount to our mission. Learn more >

KENYA- Kenya Defense Forces combat engineers practice setting up an electric demolition with mock training aids during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 16, at a training center in Kenya. U.S. Navy Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal technicians and a dive independent duty corpsman, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, provided counter-improvised explosive device, tactical combat medical care, and train-the-trainer skills to approximately 53 KDF soldiers and officers in preparation the KDF’s deployment with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) Shaping Regional Security & Stability CJTF-HOA protects U.S. personnel and facilities, promotes regional stability, and facilitates access and freedom of movement with its strategic posture and presence on the continent.

We work with our East African partners to identify how our unique capabilities can support their efforts to achieve security and stability, as we believe Africans are best able to address African security challenges.

We share an enduring commitment with our partners to securing a safe, stable and prosperous East Africa. Learn more >

U.S. Army Capt. Mike Smith, left, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Military Coordination Cell logistics representative, reviews an item list with Capt. Ndikumana, center right, Burundi National Defense Force African Union Mission in Somalia Burundi contingent team leader, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Burundi forces received more than 10 power generators, tires and spare parts for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to remedy the wear and tear on vehicle parts caused by rough and uneven terrain. The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) Forging Relationships CJTF-HOA develops and strengthens joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multilateral partnerships to address mutual security concerns.

In doing so, we work to enhance cooperation among our East African partners to promote a coordinated regional approach to regional security challenges.

Our approach is a balance between operations and engagements. We engage routinely with senior leaders and counterparts from African militaries to reinforce our strategic relationships and further our shared security goals and objectives. Learn more >

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U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, DoD civilians, and contractors representing more than 2,000 members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa assemble on the flight line at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 14, 2017. CJTF-HOA Commanding General Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag and Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Master Chief Geoffrey Steffee, will conclude their tour after a change of command ceremony on April 28. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman) U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), discusses U.S. military relations with Mohamed Houssein Doualeh, Djibouti deputy minister of Muslim affairs & charitable assets in Djibouti, April 11, 2017.  Saifulislam is one of two Muslim chaplains in the U.S. Navy, and the only military Imam assigned to USAFRICOM. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command, meets with Mohamed Houssein Doualeh, Djibouti’s deputy minister of Muslim affairs & charitable assets in downtown Djibouti City, April 11, 2017. Regular engagements with Muslim leaders in Djibouti and neighboring countries helps to foster positive relationships between the U.S. and Islamic communities in east Africa. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)A U.S. Navy SH-60 Seahawk performs a touch-and-go landing during Exercise Alligator Dagger at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 9, 2017. Exercise Alligator Dagger enables the Marines and Sailors to enhance their capabilities and continually support maritime security operations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright receive information from service members who work on an airfield near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 11, 2017. Wilson visited CJTF-HOA and other tenant commands with Wright to gain a better understanding of Air Force integration and missions in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright and U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson receive a brief from Lt. Col. Joshua Pyers, commander 870th Air Expeditionary Squadron, right, during a visit to an airfield near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 11, 2017. Wilson visited CJTF-HOA and other tenant commands with Wright to gain a better understanding of Air Force integration and missions in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright poses for a group photo with Air Force senior enlisted leaders of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA); closing out his visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 11, 2017. The U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson visited CJTF-HOA and other tenant commands with Wright to gain a better understanding of Air Force integration and missions in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)A U.S. Air Force Airman from the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron prepares for takeoff in an HH-60 Pave Hawk to transport the U.S. Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright and members of their staff to an airfield by Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 11, 2017. The General visited CJTF-HOA and other tenant commands with Wright to gain a better understanding of Air Force integration and missions in the U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)
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