The Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Religious Affairs Office, organizes frequent trips to Caritas Djibouti. The periodic visits are part of an ongoing effort to interact with religious leaders of different faiths in the local communities. This allows service members to make an impact on the locals and share experiences with the children who visit the mission daily.
5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Combined Task Force 51 Commander, Brig. Gen. Francis Donovan, and Command Sgt. Maj. Clifford Wiggins, 5th MEB and CTF-51 command sergeant major, meet with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Deputy Commander, Rear Adm. William Wheeler and CJTF-HOA Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Master Chief Geoffrey Steffee during a visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 20, 2016. In addition to meeting with CJTF-HOA and Camp Lemonnier leadership, Donovan observed joint training at the Djibouti Range Complex in Arta, and met with Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)
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)
U.S. Army Soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa recently conducted a 10-day NCO Leadership Training course observation with the Rwandan Defense Force at the Rwandan Military Academy, Rwanda, Sept. 9, 2016.
Editors note: This article contains the speech Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commanding general gave during a 9/11 remembrance.