Service members from U.S. Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa have located the wreckage of an Ilyshin II 76 aircraft that crashed in Lake Victoria and are conducting diving operations to retrieve information.
The contracted Soviet-era IL-76 was carrying tents and water purification units to Mogadishu in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia. All 11 people on-board died after the freighter crashed shortly after takeoff from Entebbe International Airport on March 9, 2009
Service members forward deployed at Camp Lemonnier gathered for the Camp's quarterly Safety Day, March 27, 2009.
The safety committee, made up of volunteers around Camp, took ownership of this project and started the planning process and brainstorming ideas in January.
"They came up with the concept, divided into task teams and brought it all together" said Navy Lieutenant Kay Gschwind, Camp Lemonnier safety officer.
Gschwind, a San Diego-native and 21-year Navy career o
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa forward deployed to Uganda to conduct search and recovery operations of human remains and the flight data recorder from an Ilyushin II 76 aircraft wreckage.
All 11 people aboard the Soviet-era IL-76 freighter died in Uganda after it crashed into Lake Victoria shortly after takeoff from Entebbe International Airport on March 9, 2009.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Gregory Joachim, U.S. Embassy, Uganda Defense and Army A
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa are scheduled to assist the government of Uganda in conducting search and recovery operations of human remains and the flight data recorder from the wreckage an Ilyushin 76 aircraft that crashed on March 9 in Lake Victoria.
All 11 people aboard the Soviet-era cargo aircraft died when it crashed shortly after takeoff from Entebbe International Airport, near Kampala, Uganda.
The aircraft, en route to Mogadishu, Somalia,
Members of the 9th Provisional Security Force unloaded more than 15,000 books from USNS Big Horn (T-AO 198) at the port of Djibouti March 20, 2009.
The Marine unit, comprised of Marine Corps reservists from Detroit, Minneapolis and Pittsburgh, worked closely for more than four months with Books For Africa (BFA), a St. Paul, Minnesota-based not-for-profit organization.
"During our civil affairs outreach visits to the local villages we work with, we found there was a huge need f
The U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which have extended a helping hand to a number of West African countries in the past few years, are now reaching out to East Africa, too.
The broad program is known as the Africa Partnership Station (APS). It started in 2007 as an international security effort offering training and other forms of collaboration to improve maritime safety and security off the West African coast.
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) traveled throughout remote regions of Djibouti providing medical and public health aid during a Medical Civil Action Project (MEDCAP) March 7-14, 2009.
The MEDCAP team of soldiers assigned to the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 489th Civil Affairs force protection personnel, sailors from Camp Lemonnier's Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), and medics from the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion visited Hanle II, Da
The Garissa Boys' High School in Kenya has a new water system, thanks to the efforts of the Kenyan government, the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, military engineers, and a civil affairs team from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
A dedication ceremony on March 7, 2009 involving Civil Affairs Team 5 from the A Company, 414th Civil Affairs (CA) Battalion, a dozen local schoolmasters, local clerics and the Honorable Aden Duale, the Dujis constituency's parliamentary re
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) service members, a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) representative, and local government officials attended a dedication ceremony at St. Theresa Secondary School in Lira, Uganda, February 23, 2009.
The ceremony marked the completion of a $500,000 project funded by CJTF-HOA, providing two new 300-student dormitories, a staff house, new latrines, three water-harvesting tanks, and new solar panels for a computer laborat
Air Force 449th Air Expeditionary Group Commander Colonel Gregory "Mudbug" Petrequin flew to Manda Bay, Kenya February 24, 2009 to personally recognize a single airman for his contributions to the United States' mission in Africa.
"Senior Airman Jovan A. Nieves bolstered camp security, increased personnel readiness and sustained troop morale by restoring critical airlift capability to Manda Bay," Petrequin said as he presented Nieves with the Air Force Achievement Medal (AFAM).
The 449th Air Expeditionary Group of the U.S. 17th Air Force held a change of command ceremony in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on February 27, 2009. Major General Ronald R. Ladnier, commanding the 17th Air Force, was the senior officer present and guest speaker at the ceremony, which was the first of its kind for the Air Force since the establishment of U.S. Africa Command in October, 2008.
"Every day, we get stronger, better, and more engaged in this continent. As one example, we expect to