Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General Phil Purcell

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Deputy Commander Biography

Brigadier General Phil Purcell is the Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. In this position, he supports the CJTF-HOA Commander to counter violent extremism in East Africa. General Purcell is also responsible for developing relations with senior military leaders in African partner nations and directing CJTF staff and subordinate commanders’ support to deployed personnel and units of all Services across the Horn of Africa.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Purcell was Commander, 162d Wing, Arizona Air National Guard base with operations located at the Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. General Purcell assumed the position in November 2013 and commanded the Air National Guard's largest F-16 and Remote Piloted Aircraft wing with over 1,600 military members.

General Purcell graduated from the Ohio State University in 1987, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He served 14 years in the active duty Air Force as an F-16 Weapons Officer, Instructor Pilot, and Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner. General Purcell finished his active duty career at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as an F-16 Programs Officer for the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron System Evaluation Program. After separating from active duty, he joined the Virginia Air National Guard in 2002 where he served as Vice Commander of the 192d Fighter Wing and A3/Director of Operations prior to assuming command of the 162d. General Purcell is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours in F-16 and F-22 aircraft.

(Current as of January 2017) 


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Regional Senior Mission Leaders Course in Kenya concludes 13th iteration

Military, government and police officials from 13 countries gathered for the 13th Regional Senior Mission Leaders Course at the International Peace Support Training Centre in Karen, Kenya, Feb. 15-26, 2016.

Memorial Day in Africa: CJTF-HOA leadership honors native-U.S. pilot at rest in Djibouti

Brig. Gen. Howard Purcell, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa deputy commander, and approximately 50 U.S. and French military members and civilians assembled at the Djibouti New European Cemetery May 29, to honor the solitary native-U.S. military member buried here.

USAFE-AFAFRICA commander visits Airmen in Djibouti

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – Airmen serving in the Horn of Africa had the opportunity to meet the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa (USAFE-AFAFRICA) Commander, Gen. Tod D. Wolters during his visit to Camp Lemonnier Feb. 1-2, 2017. Wolters interacted with forward deployed Airmen assigned to the installation, and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group members receive visit from CJTF-HOA Deputy Commander

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 16, 2016) Rear Adm. William W. Wheeler, Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, meets Sailors on the Makin Island’s underway quarterdeck during a tour aboard the amphibious assault ship. Makin Island is deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)

Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa leadership meets with international partners in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU – Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) leadership traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, to meet with international partners, Nov. 2, 2016. The trip included individual, face-to-face discussions with key players in the Somalian defense sector and a group Defense Steering Committee meeting.