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DJIBOUTI--Air Force Pararescuemen from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and Army Soldiers from the Kansas Army National Guard 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, Joint Combat Search and Rescue, speed across a dry lakebed on all-terrain vehicles near Djibouti to set up a landing site for an HC-130P during a simulated rescue exercise Feb. 26. The personnel recovery task force responded to a call from the downed aircrew, extracted two survivors, and returning them to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)
DJIBOUTI--Air Force Pararescuemen from the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and Army Soldiers from the Kansas Army National Guard 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, Joint Combat Search and Rescue, speed across a dry lakebed on all-terrain vehicles near Djibouti to set up a landing site for an HC-130P during a simulated rescue exercise Feb. 26. The personnel recovery task force responded to a call from the downed aircrew, extracted two survivors, and returning them to safety. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Austin M. May)
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Incoming EARF completes validation, demonstrates crisis response capability

Within hours of being notified, CJTF-HOA’s East Africa Response Force prepared dozens of Soldiers and tons of supplies for takeoff during an emergency response exercise, validating the EARF’s rapid response capabilities.

Joint SAR training tests interservice communications

Seventeen Sailors, from the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD), and 13 Airmen from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group conducted a joint search and recovery training exercise called “Neptune’s Falcon” in the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the coast of Djibouti, Dec. 20, 2013.

Although sister services work together daily at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy rarely train together. This exercise gave them a chance to tes

US service members conduct joint exercise, with support from coalition partners

Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, conducted a mass casualty exercise to test the base's capabilities in the event of an emergency, Nov. 20, 2013.

"Our goals are to test our ability to react to multiple disasters simultaneously and the response," said U.S. Navy Capt. Rom Stevens, Surgeon for Combined Joint Task Force.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians joined together to provide eme

French/U.S. Air Forces hone aerial combat skills

In the skies above Djibouti, members of the U.S. and French Air Forces joined together in an unlikely training scenario, pitting helicopters against fighter aircraft in a simulated hostile rescue situation.

Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter pilots here to conduct a combat exercise in which U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters recovered downed aircrew while being engaged by enemy

'Train Like You Fight': Coalition Exercise Preps PJs For Real-World Emergency

Many moving parts go into producing and executing an exercise and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, or PJs, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, put their skills to the test recently during a mass casualty exercise which began in Djibouti's Grand Bara Desert.

Mass Casualty Exercise 12-1, a U.S. and French crisis response exercise held Sept. 25, 2012, allowed CJTF-HOA's PJ team to work alongside the French armed forces, as well as their U.S.