U.S. Africa Command hosted personnel from 14 nations for a foreign liaison officers (LNO) conference, January 27-28, 2009, at the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. The liaison officers are assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in Djibouti.
"The reason for the conference was to inform the LNOs of the big picture of what U.S. Africa Command is all about," said Colonel Thomas Galvin of the U.S. AFRICOM headquarters staff, who briefed the liaison officers on t
NFL cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins entertained deployed service members with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) during a surprise visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on January 23, 2009.
The cheerleaders performed a variety show of song, dance, and cheer for a packed house at Camp Lemonnier's recreation center, 11 Degrees North.
The hour-long performance gave many in attendance a welcomed boost of morale.
"I haven't seen anything that good-
Service members from U.S. Africa Command's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in a three-day international rescue operation 260 miles off coast of Madagascar in an effort to save three Americans from a capsized sailboat.
One of the three Americans was found alive, spotted by service members aboard a U.S. Air Force HC-130P as the aircraft flew a low-altitude, low-speed, search and rescue mission. The 69-year-old man had been in the water 18 hours.
During his travels to African nations, General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, delivers an unwavering message: The command is listening to and learning from its African partners on security issues and will help where possible.
Ward brought that message in person January 21, 2009, to the island-nation of Comoros off the southeastern coast of Africa during the nation's first official visit of a top U.S. military commander.
"Our command is dedicated to doing
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa celebrated Martin Luther King Day, January 19, 2009, with a program titled, "Realizing the Vision," which highlighted King's life through songs, speeches and a slideshow.
Rear Admiral Philip Greene, Combined Joint Task Force commander, opened the event saying, "Today we celebrate the life and legacy of one of America's greatest leaders; today we celebrate the birth, life and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert visited service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, January 20, 2009.
Greenert made the trip to Camp Lemonnier to get insight and feedback on current operations and campaign plans in the CJTF-HOA area of responsibility with respect to Navy force shaping. Upon landing, he met with junior service members from each military branch and asked about their experi
Djiboutians sang and danced as Djiboutian, French and U.S. Dignitaries arrived for the dedication ceremony of a new naval pier facility in Obock on January 14, 2009. This $14 million project was funded by the U.S. government in coordination with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), part of U.S. Africa command.
"This project is part of the greater whole," U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti James Swan said. "If you look along the pier you will see two 17-meter patrol boats pro
The U.S. 9th Provisional Security Force (PSF) took on the French Forces of Djibouti (FFDJ) for a fast-paced game of rugby at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa's (CJTF-HOA) headquarters in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, January 15, 2009.
This was the second meeting between the two teams, and the U.S. Marines were not intimidated by their opponents' much higher level of experience in the game. They played hard all game long, despite losing 49-12.
"The Marines are very to
Leaders preparing to deploy to Djibouti next month got a sense of the challenges they will face as the next headquarters staff at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a realistic training exercise at U.S. Joint Forces Command's Joint Warfighting Center, January 10-15, 2009 in Norfolk, Virginia.
The week-long mission rehearsal exercise was the culmination of training that began in May to prepare to Navy Rear Admiral Anthony M. Kurta and his core staff for the mission the
The trigger was the outcome of an election. The original cause of the violence runs deeper.
In January 2008, international news showed images of bloodshed, violence and hordes of people being forced to flee their homes in fear of their lives. From Nairobi to the Great Rift Valley in western Kenya, more than 1,000 people were killed with many more injured.
Almost one year after the violence wreaked havoc principally in the Upper Rift Valley, the U.S. government is partnering with