On March 27, 2010, Rear Admiral Brian L. Losey assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, relieving Rear Admiral Anthony M. Kurta, who led the command since February 2009.
General Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, presided over the change of command ceremony and spoke positively of the successes of the past year.
"You will continue to make a difference. You have had an impact on security capacity building efforts and not just short term efforts -- an
As Rear Admiral Anthony Kurta, commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, prepared for his change of command ceremony scheduled for March 27, 2010, he took time to reflect on his 14-month deployment and the changes he's seen.
"Camp Lemonnier has changed tremendously since I got here. We've increased the staff by nearly a thousand troops." said Kurta. "The increase in staff is a reflection of the more operational nature of CJTF-HOA and the United States' growing
Rear Admiral Brian L. Losey assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa during a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 27, 2010.
Losey, a native of Tacoma, Washington, relieved Rear Admiral Anthony M. Kurta, who led the command since February 2009 and has been reassigned as director, Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division, N13, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.
CJTF-HOA became part of U.S. Africa Command in October 2008 to assis
Students of Djibouti's Douda Primary School showed their appreciation for a new cafeteria provided by U.S. Navy construction battalion Seabees during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, March 16, 2010.
At the start of the ceremony, nearly 300 students sang and performed several traditional dances to thank the American people for the addition.
"You can see the impact down here at the ground level and what it means to [them]," said Navy Lieutenant Cory MacCumbee, officer in charge for C
Tanzanian representatives met with U.S. Embassy officials and military civil affairs members to celebrate a fresh water well dedication in the Tanga district March 9, 2010.
Local residents made sure the event was no ordinary celebration. Nearly the entire Tanzanian fishing village of Putini-Chonoleani, and others from surrounding villages, came out to show their appreciation for the clean water.
"Because of the well, the people are getting fresh water, which is without disease,"
The United States has “no desire to Americanize the conflict in Somalia” and "does not plan, does not direct, and does not coordinate the military operations" of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, U.S. envoy to Africa, told reporters March 12, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Also, U.S. Africa Command officials said they are not in Somalia and are not providing training or direct support for Somali government forces. U.S. AFRICOM support consists of tr
The United States supports Somalia's Transitional Federal Government but is not providing any direct military support or planning for government-led military actions, the top U.S. envoy to Africa said March 12, 2010.
"We have provided limited military support to the Transitional Federal Government," Ambassador Johnnie Carson, assistant secretary of state for African affairs told reporters in Washington, D.C.
"We do so in the firm belief that the TFG seeks to end th
Personnel from the Enduring Chapel at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, helped distribute 10,000 pairs of plastic clog shoes to the Ali Addeh refugee camp in Djibouti, as well as to several schools, churches and non-government organizations, March 3, 2010. The shoes were donated by the World Emergency Relief (WER) organization.
"We did this project in conjunction with WER because of the high rate of foot injuries and infections due to the lack of footwear in many areas," Petty Officer 2nd Clas
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 9, 2010, the commander of U.S. Africa Command provided an overview of the strategic environment in Africa, explained U.S. AFRICOM's strategic approach, and showed how security cooperation efforts promote stability in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.
General William "Kip" Ward testified before Congress as part of an annual requirement for regional military commanders. He testified be
U.S. military members and civilians at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), attended a grand finale of activities February 26, 2010 at the camp's 11 Degrees North facility to culminate the celebration of Black History Month.
The camp's Multicultural Heritage Committee produced a night filled with songs, speeches, presentations, and dance; each highlighting African-American contributions throughout history.
Camp Lemonnier Commanding Officer, Captain William Finn, gave opening
U.S. military members from the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, along with non-government organizations and private Djiboutian businesses, provided free educational and health assessment services to embassy staff during a health fair at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, February 25, 2010.
Services provided at the event ranged from blood pressure readings and cancer screenings to blood typing and glucose checks.
"We came out to increase awareness and