More than 70 members of the CJTF-HOA staff attended a workshop led by six representatives from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. The speakers were selected by the ACSS to discuss topics including violent extremism, peace and security architecture, and security challenges in specific countries for which they are subject matter experts.
The U.S. Navy's Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE Seabees deployed to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa are working to construct a medical facility, while fostering friendly relationships with the Djiboutian people in the Arta Region.
Sometimes items commonly taken for granted become more significant in the deployed environment. Take, for example, a simple T-shirt. The U.S. Navy's assistant command fitness leaders at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, used tenacity and resolve to solve a shirt situation with the help of the professional military associations here.
Newly-appointed Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David J. Furness and the CJTF-HOA Command Senior Enlisted Leader U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin J. Higginbotham joined the U.S. Ambassador to Somalia Stephen Schwartz and U.S. Africa Command commander U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser for a series of meetings regarding East African security in Somalia.
More than a year of military service as commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa draws to a close for Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, as the task force prepares to transition to a new leadership team.