CAMP CHEIK OSMAN, Djibouti – U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Richard Keaton, U.S. Army Regionally Aligned Forces instructor, tests a Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) soldier on identifying a mock roadside bomb during a road block test, May 16, 2016, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti. The USARAF spent approximately five months with FAD soldiers training them on various combat skills from medical care, rifle marksmanship, improvised explosive device recognition, convoy procedures and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)  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 >

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Hussein Ali Mwyini, Minister of Defense and National Service, presents the Eastern Accord 2016 flag representing the commencement of the command post exercise the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre on July 11, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EA16 is an annual, combined, joint military exercise that brings together partner nations to practice and demonstrate proficiency in conducting peacekeeping operations. (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. Navy Rear Adm. William W. Wheeler, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa vice commander, left, watches a French military parade in commemoration of Bastille Day (also commonly referred to as French National Day) at the French base in Djibouti, July 14, 2016. The Honorable Tom Kelly, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, as well as military members from Italy, Japan and others attended the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/Released) 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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Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa recently hosted the East Africa Public Information Officer Conference at the Djibouti Palace Kempinski.  The importance of communication to the public and the use of social media across East Africa were discussed amongst personnel from six East African nations, AFRICOM, the U.S. Department of State and AMISOM.

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U.S. Navy Capt. Randy Gallagher, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa CJ3-5-7 director, left, and Lt. j.g. Corey Shore, CJTF-HOA intelligence analyst, talk during a tabletop exercise, Aug. 28, 2016, at the Japanese base in Djibouti.  The exercise focused on supporting Japanese military forces in the event of a necessary evacuation of Americans or Japanese citizens from a hostile location in Africa. During the multi-day exercise, both forces discussed route planning, logistics, equipment maintenance, how military personnel would be involved, medical support and use of air and ground transportation for evacuees. The plans also examined their strengths and weaknesses and reassessed the movement of evacuees to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/Released)U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Rusler, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa joint logistics operations center director, speaks with Japanese service members during an exercise to discuss how they can support each other in an event involving the evacuation of Americans or Japanese from a hostile location in Africa, Aug. 28, 2016 at the Japanese base in Djibouti. During the exercise, both forces discussed route planning, logistics, equipment maintenance, how military personnel would be involved, medical support and use of air and ground transportation for evacuees. The plans also examined their strengths and weaknesses and reassessed the movement of evacuees to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/Released)Japanese and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members meet for a tabletop exercise to discuss how they can support each other in an event involving the evacuation of Americans or Japanese from a hostile location in Africa, Aug. 27-28, 2016 at the Japanese base in Djibouti. During the exercise, both forces discussed route planning, logistics, equipment maintenance, how military personnel would be involved, medical support and use of air and ground transportation for evacuees. The plans also examined their strengths and weaknesses and reassessed the movement of evacuees to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/Released)Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Deputy Commander Rear Adm. William Wheeler talks with Lt. Gen. Shigeru Kobayashi, Commander of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force’s Central Readiness Force at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 27, 2016.  Japanese and CJTF-HOA service members met for a tabletop exercise to discuss how they can support each other in an event involving the evacuation of Americans or Japanese citizens from a hostile location in Africa. During the exercise, both forces discussed route planning, logistics, equipment maintenance, how military personnel would be involved, medical support and use of air and ground transportation for evacuees. The plans also examined for their strengths and weaknesses and reassessed the movement of evacuees to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton/Released)MOGADISHU, Somalia- U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Wheeler (right), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, speaks with African Union Mission in Somalia Force Commander Lt. Gen. Osman Noor Soubagleh (middle) and Maj. Gen. Mohammed Ishu, AMISOM deputy commander for operations (left).  The leaders attended an AMISOM/Somali National Army Sector Commanders’ conference, Aug. 25, 2016, at the AMISOM Force Headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia. The conference brings together senior military leaders from each sector to review efficiency and needed improvements for security operations and SNA collaboration strategies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)MOGADISHU, Somalia- U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal 1st Class Tyler Brooks, Task Force Sparta, teaches how to identify and counter improvised explosive devices to participants from African Union Mission in Somalia troop contributing countries, at the Joint Military Training Center, Aug. 25, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The AMISOM soldiers learned how to effectively detect and combat IEDs to continue their efforts in regional security and stability in Somalia. Task Force Sparta members are a part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, which works to strengthen Eastern African partners in countering and neutralizing violent extremists in Somalia and the region.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)MOGADISHU, Somalia- African Union Mission in Somalia/Somali National Army Sector Commanders attend a sector commanders’ conference, Aug. 25, 2016, at the AMISOM Force Headquarters in Mogadishu, Somalia. The conference brings together senior military leaders from coalition partners and the sectors to review efficiency and needed improvements for security operations and SNA collaboration strategies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)MOGADISHU, Somalia – Representatives from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime brief attendees from approximately seven countries about maritime and custodial work in Somalia during a Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit exercise, Aug. 25, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The boat teams demonstrated interdiction operations by taking control over a mock hostile boat with their two new vessels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault)
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