During a visit to Mauritius in November 11-12, 2008, Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr., Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) met with representatives of the Mauritius Ports Authority to promote a commercial shipboard broadcast transponder for enhanced maritime security.
The Automatic Information System (AIS) operates in Very High Frequency (VHF) maritime band, allowing for the automatic exchange of shipboard information between one vessel and another
The Eastern Africa Standby Brigade (EASBRIG) kicked off a week-long command post exercise on November 24, 2008, a crucial step toward forming a regional force that can quickly deploy to take on security, humanitarian and other crises.
EASBRIG brought together 13 Eastern African nations under the umbrella of the African Union. It is one of five regional forces being formed by the AU as part of the African Standby Force.
"The CPX is the first step toward moving forward on a co
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) joined the United States ambassador to Kenya to dedicate a kindergarten school in Dadaab, Kenya on November 19, 2008.
Ambassador Michael E. Rannenberger visited the eastern coastal village to meet with students, school administrators and village leaders. During the dedication ceremony, Rannenberger addressed the local media and community.
"Today we are inaugurating a new primary school that has been rehabi
During its first visit to Kenya, the U.S. Air Forces' Central Command Expeditionary Band, "Dune" entertained Americans and Kenyans in the greater Nairobi area, November 12-21, 2008.
Dune, along with the U.S. Air Forces Expeditionary Band (AFCENT) performed for Kenyan citizens at civic and educational institutions throughout the region. The band also performed for approximately 300 guests, including American and Kenyan government officials and ambassadors, at the U.S. ambass
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) civil affairs team joined the U.S. Mission to donate several books to Mawaal and Al Noor African Muslim Society, Madrasa in Tanga region, Tanzania in early November, 2008.
According to a statement from the U.S. Embassy, the book donation was made on behalf of the American people through a U.S. non-governmental organization, Brother's Brother and U.S. publisher Houghton Mifflin. The books came from a larger consignment of nearly
Gladiators from the television show American Gladiator helped U.S. military members and Department of Defense (DoD) contractors honor past and present service members during a Veterans Day event at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on November 11, 2008.
"This has been the warmest welcome from anywhere that we have ever been," said Monica Carlson, an American Gladiator known as 'Jet'. "I know that we volunteered to come here, but I think that we're the ones who get the reward from be