U.S. soldiers attached to Combined Joint Task Forcee -- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) completed their latest military-to-military training when more than 170 Ugandan People's Defense Force (UPDF) soldiers graduated the Kasenyi Special Forces Group Advanced Infantry Course, June 22.
Training for the 16-week program was led by a combined team of UPDF and U.S. soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion 161st Field Artillery and the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion 137th Infantry, both Kansas Army Na
A joint training exercise in the Grand Bara desert June 16, 2011 demonstrated the ability of U.S. military assets based at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to quickly locate and recover personnel from downed aircraft or other emergencies.
Servicemembers from each branch of the U.S. military worked together to recover six victims of a simulated airplane crash in a remote part of Djibouti - a scenario that could present itself at any time with dire consequences for an unprepared team.
Chaplain (U.S. Navy Captain) Jon Cutler, director of Religious Affairs for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), traveled to Kampala and Mbale, Uganda, from May 29 to June 2 to discuss new initiatives promoting regional stability.
The visit included meetings with key Ugandan Anglican, Protestant, Roman Catholic and Muslim religious leaders.
"The main goal of this trip was to learn how to partner with these leaders and to discuss their interest in a regional inte
Working with the Ugandan Ministry of Livestock, a team of 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion (402 CA) veterinarian healthcare experts attached to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa partnered with their Ugandan counterparts to treat thousands of animals during a Veterinarian Civil Action Program (VETCAP) mission in Karamoja, May 25 to June 11, 2011.
The VETCAP brought many Ugandan veterinarian service experts to remote villages in northern Uganda to treat a variety of livestock ailm
"Take what you think your body can handle and multiply it by five."
The words of U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Joel Mack became my mantra of survival during my field trip to hell and back across 50 miles of barren Djiboutian desert - a trek for which nothing could have prepared me.
Nearly 40 Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier servicemembers left camp May 31 with the intent of soaring through a 10-day desert safari. When we arrived in the Bour Ougou
Six Army cadets and six midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, arrived at the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), May 26, 2011, to better understand the role of U.S. forces in the area.
During the course of one month, the students will travel around Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania to participate in key leader engagements, observe civilian and military operations and contribute to building partnerships
More than 35 Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) service members climbed aboard two CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopters on May 30, 2011, Memorial Day, and traveled to some of Djibouti's most remote regions to honor CJTF-HOA members who lost their lives in two separate aircraft accidents.
This memorial flight, as it has come to be known, held a considerable level of importance for one of the passengers, U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Captain) Aaron Klaves, who led the join