About the Command


Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is a dynamic operational headquarters, effectively countering violent extremist organizations in East Africa. CJTF-HOA leverages the flexibility of its strategic location as a critical power projection platform and works with partner nations, coalition forces, and interagency/intergovernmental organizations to achieve a unified effort. CJTF-HOA's operations prevent violent extremist organizations from threatening America, ensuring the protection of the homeland, American citizens, and American interests.


Through unified action with U.S. and international partners in East Africa, CJTF-HOA conducts security force assistance, executes military engagement, provides force protection, and provides military support to regional counter-violent extremist organization operations in order to support aligned regional efforts, ensure regional access and freedom of movement, and protect U.S. interests. Be prepared to execute and/or provide support to crisis response and limited contingency operations in order to protect U.S. military, diplomatic and civilian personnel, facilities and interests.


The CJTF-HOA area of operations is nearly half the size of the continental United States, and includes the countries of Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, and Uganda. The CJTF-HOA area of interest includes Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen.


A prime component of the CJTF-HOA mission is to help build the defense capability and capacity among its East African partners. The command conducts military-to-military engagements (e.g. training, sharing of best practices, military exercises, and advising), key leader engagements, and civil-military operations; provides enabling support; and uses outreach and communication to enable security and stability and to counter violent extremism in the region. CJTF-HOA supports African states and regional organizations so that they possess the will, capability and capacity to combat transnational threats, are able to execute effective peace operations and respond to crises, and are able to promote regional stability and prosperity.

Mission Video (English)


HOA Tri-Fold (English)


TRi-Fold (French)




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CJTF-HOA service members learn about humanitarian relief operations

"If you wear a U.S. military uniform long enough, it's not about if but when you will perform support for a humanitarian operation," said Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William Zana. Nearly 100 CJTF-HOA and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, service members completed a Joint Humanitarian Operations Course conducted by the U.S. Agency for International Development last week, better equipping them for humanitarian operations.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visits Djibouti

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited with CJTF-HOA personnel on his stop in Djibouti, as part of his tour through Africa. Secretary Tillerson traveled to Djibouti to discuss the U.S.-Djiboutian partnership, and exchanged views on bilateral concerns, security threats, and economic reforms. You can see a few photos from his visit here:

CJTF-HOA hosts US, Japanese Ambassadors to Djibouti

CJTF-HOA works alongside and builds partnerships with our U.S. and international partners to improve security and stabilization in East Africa. The U.S. and Japanese ambassadors to Djibouti visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti and discussed this strong partnership with our Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. William Zana.

CJTF-HOA Civil Affairs Promotes Partnerships, Peace, Through CIMIC Training

Five U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 404th Civil Affairs (CA) Company, 407th CA Battalion, attached to the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), are currently forward deployed to Camp Singo, Uganda, to advise and assist in the training of the first tactical Civil Affairs Company within the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF).

CJTF-HOA team builds rapport during battlefield circulation visits

Members of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Safety and Inspector General (IG) directorates recently completed another site visit during their battlefield circulation when they visited Camp Simba in Manda Bay, Kenya.