The week of July 12, 2010, African Union Commission's Peace and Support Operations Division (PSOD) Operational Division (PSOD) participated in a familiarization program that provided strategic level, operational level, and functional training.
Fifteen high-level military and civilian personnel assigned to PSOD took part in the one week training session that covered a variety of topics pertaining to the establishment and operation of the AU's Peace and Support Operations Center
A Meteorology and Oceanographic Center (METOC) team arrived at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to conduct a site visit with U.S. Department of State and the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (ENMA) July 19, 2010.
The visit is the final step in a series of engagements conducted by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa METOC to determine suitable locations for weather sensor deployment. The team members observed operations at the ENMA, and shared insights and best practices gathered f
Charge d 'Affairs of the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda Anne Casper and the Mayor of Kicukiro District Jules Ndamage officially participated in a dedication of the newly renovated Masaka Secondary School in the Gasabo District of Kigali City, July 9, 2010.
Charge d' Affaires Casper said that it was a pleasure to return to Masaka Secondary School after she and other Americans participated in the construction of three classrooms last year. "In September of last year, just a few month
About 300 children from 10 surrounding villages took part in a celebration at the Gadeni Primary School July 12, 2010. The Gadeni School Choir, Baptist Choir and other groups from every village were in the celebrating mood, dancing, playing their customary instruments and singing in English with a Swahili accent, saying, "You're so lovely," "May God bless you," and many other harmonies to U.S. and Kenyan guests in attendance.
The Kenyans were celebrating the renovation and expansion
A team of civilian specialists is enhancing military operations in East Africa by providing their insights in support of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) mission.
The Socio-Cultural Research and Advisory Team (SCRAT) is based at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to promote better understanding of the diverse ethnic and cultural environments found in East Africa. They add their collective regional experience into CJTF-HOA's operatio
Rwanda and the United States partnered in expanding the Masaka Secondary School near Kigali City and celebrated with a school dedication July 9, 2010. With more than 250 students in attendance, the dedication was symbolic of a successful joint effort project that improved the school and left a lasting impression on the community.
"We can't thank you enough for the things you have done for us," said 3rd year Masaka student Axel Hozo, who spoke during the ceremony. "We hope and dream
While many Americans were celebrating Independence Day in their back yards grilling, 15 cooks packed up their steaks and spices and came out to Africa.
Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) troops were treated July 4th to steaks cooked by members of the Cooks of the Valley of 10,000 steaks, a volunteer organization led by Tom Anton.
This strike force is part of a larger task force of 60 cooks, mostly from Bakersfield, Calif., that flew out to barbecue for U.S. troops stationed at four lo
Members of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Rifle Team are setting their sights on excellence as they prepare to compete in the 2010 Kenya Armed Forces Rifle Championship (AFRC).
The AFRC, sponsored by the Kenyan government, is scheduled for September 20-24. Invited to compete are its armed services as well a myriad of military units from other African countries and CJTF-HOA.
The events are traditional shooting competitions that include pistol and rifle marksmanshi
A team of U.S. Navy Seabees began construction on the Ecole 5 school in Djibouti, June 2010. The school, which will be attended by approximately 1,200 students, is scheduled to be completed by early 2011.
"We're planning to build a 6,508 square foot building," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Joseph Waddell, Ecole 5 project supervisor. "Right now we're going to be building new columns for stability and structural integrity."
Waddell leads a team of seven sailors,
In the earliest inception of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa--at a time when countering terrorism had a more direct approach, East African coalitions were fewer and Djibouti was almost unheard of, the country of Kenya sent a colonel and two other officers to team-up with the task force's U.S. Marines. They were about to embark on a historical occasion, transferring the task force from a ship to land-based Camp Lemonnier.
It was 2003, and for the first time since then, Brig