General Dahir Adan Elmi, the chief of defense for Somali Armed Forces, and MG Terry Ferrell, commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, met together at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 29-30 to improve cooperation and develop a foundation for a more formalized military-to-military relationship between their two countries.
"Attention in the JOC, this is an exercise, exercise, exercise emergency ...," began U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Scott Hodge, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, joint operations center team chief, after his watch officer, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Neihart, informed him of an exercise emergency phone call he received from someone in the Grand Bara Desert.
French and U.S. service members teamed Sept. 25, 2012, during Mass Casualty, or MASCAL,
U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel at Camp Lemonnier integrated their security forces into one cohesive unit July 1.
The overall purpose of this integration was to enhance security efforts on camp. Before the integration, the two branches had separate areas of security responsibility, which presented a few challenges.
U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Lee, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, mentioned lack of communication and coordination between security elements and overlapping zone
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa here May 26.
Baker, who comes to CJTF-HOA after having served at the Pentagon as Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken. U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony.
Ham said that Baker is the right officer to lead the task force and is confident that he will sustain and enhance diplomatic r
The Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Medical Logistics Traveling Contact Team exchanged best practices with the Tanzanian Peoples' Defense Force in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, January 30 through February 2.
"We went down at the invitation of the TPDF," said U.S. Navy Commander Dan Patterson CJTF-HOA deputy force surgeon. The team spent five days exchanging ideas with the Tanzanians on U.S. procedures for medical planning and logistics, he said.