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Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Forward Operation Location Kenyasi traveled to Suubi Children's Home in Entebbe, Uganda, to deliver stuffed animals October 15. Members of FOL Kenyasi volunteer at the children's home weekly. The stuffed animals were donated by Loving Hugs, an American organization based in Littleton, Colorado and founded by a former U.S. soldier who was inspired to help injured children in Iraq. Loving Hugs now partners with the U.S. Navy,
Nineteen Kenyan Army engineers from multiple units finished a five-day civil affairs field training exercise at the Amani Peace Operations Training Village in Embakasi, Kenya, October 21.
The soldiers participated in a series of scenarios designed and implemented by an instruction team made up of seven engineers from the Kenyan Army and facilitated by five U.S. Army soldiers from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion attached to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. The exercise cove
Sailors and their furry, four-legged partners deploy all over the world with one mission: to detect and defend.
The working military dogs stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in the Horn of Africa ensure that mission is completed on a daily basis.
"The K-9 unit here is tasked with the protection of the base," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Abraham, Camp Lemonnier master-at-arms and military working dog handler. "We keep an eye on anything that comes on and off bas
Beyond the pride one carries by simply being a member in today's all-volunteer U.S. military, there is no greater honor for a service member than accomplishing a challenge in an expeditionary environment, especially when that achievement is normally accomplished by a different branch than the one you serve.
This statement holds especially true when attached in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, a forward-deployed base comprised of airmen, sailors, soldiers and Ma
As the four-wheel drive vehicles shuddered and lurched over the rocky dirt road, Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 caught a glimpse of the Kontali village as it appeared on the horizon, nearly hidden by the mid-day sun, October 1.
The small village, which sits atop a hill overlooking a vast expanse of dry land, was bustling with activity as villagers hurried to make the final preparations for a futbol game and cultural festival held for the Seabees.
"They [the S
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The American Red Cross opened the doors to its first station in Africa, September 28, as part of an ongoing effort to provide quality service to military members and civilian employees at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
The station, dedicated solely to Camp Lemonnier personnel, will enable the Red Cross to bring previously unavailable capabilities to the military installation and its personnel.
"The Red Cross will provide training on health and safety, disaster preparedness and readines
A year of anticipation gave way to children dancing and singing during the Mkokoni Primary School dedication at Mkokoni, Kenya, September 21.
"Our children will now be afforded a better education," said Charles Mzee Joseph, Mkokoni Primary School head teacher.
The dedication of one new school building and three renovated buildings was attended by students and community members, as well as members of the Kenyan Ministry of Education, the U.S. Embassy and the Combined Joint
U.S. sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MAREXSECRON) Two recently escorted the USS Carney (DDG-64) into the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti.
The escort was conducted during the hottest part of the day, temperatures reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the direct sun rays as well as those reflecting back up off the water. Still, sailors donned body armor and set off into the stale salty humid air and choppy waters of the gulf.
"We took a two-boat element o
It was during a recent civil affairs mission through Djibouti, Africa, that U.S. Army Reserve Corporal Kwami Koto was able to truly articulate his connection to this continent and its people.
"You see those kids playing soccer, barefoot," the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Civil Affairs team 4902 information manager said to his team chief as their vehicle passed by children running around on a dirt field. "That used to be me."
Koto, a resident of Denton, Texas, was bor
Thirty Community Animal Health Workers from Kaabong, Uganda, participated in a two-week veterinary civil action program to gain knowledge and skills in livestock treatment and sustainment. The program was a joint effort between the Uganda People's Defense Force, the Ugandan Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
Soldiers from the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team (FxSP), assigned to Combined Joint T
U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant James Davis assumed the role of the of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader during a senior enlisted leader change of responsibility ceremony here September 22.
Davis accepted his new role as the senior enlisted leader for CJTF-HOA by saluting U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Franken, CJTF-HOA commander, who presided over the ceremony. Davis previously served as command chief master sergeant for 18th Win
After one year as the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Scott Mykoo reflects on the relationships and progress made between coalition and regional military forces here.
"Our mission is to strengthen defense capability and to protect U.S. and coalition interests," said Mykoo. "To do that, you have to first enhance relationships."
Mykoo said he strongly believes CJTF-HOA must constantly look for ways
How comfortable would one feel with taking concepts shared by foreign people with a language barrier and applying them to their profession?
The Tanzania People's Defense Force did just that. They put aside linguistic and cultural barriers to share military police best practices with U.S. service members and civilians, August 15 to September 2.
"They were extremely perceptive," said U.S. Army Major John Sherrill, 1st Battalion 161st Field Artillery Kansas Army National Guard mi
In an opportunity to engage with his U.S. military counterparts, a Kenyan Ministry of State for Defense chaplain spent three weeks exchanging best practices with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier chaplains from multiple denominations to strengthen each other's military chaplaincy programs.
The visit, from August 29 to September 16, allowed KMoSD Muslim Imam (Major) Rajab Athumani to witness firsthand how his American counterparts interacted with service m
Sitting across from U.S. Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class David Ampofo, an information systems specialist, he comes across as any other sailor in the United States Navy.
His uniform is crisp, clean and smartly put together. His broad smile reflects a deep pride that comes from more than 10 years of service.
His accent gives him away.
"I was born in Accra, Ghana," said the petty officer who is now homebased in Lawrenceville, Ga. "I used to work for the U.S. State Depart
There are moments in history that will be forever remembered. On September 11, 2001 the world watched as four commercial passenger jet airliners, hijacked by al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, caused the single-most devastating act of terrorism on United States soil.
Ten years later, servicemembers recall where they were and what they were doing when the twin towers fell, the Pentagon burned and the passengers of United 93 took a stand. These are but a few of the accounts.
"This will help all the children in Dikhil.".
Omar Ladieh Ismael, the Dikhil Regional Director of Education, spoke as he and approximately 20 local community members gathered outside the Dikhil Regional School Resource Center here during the heat of the day August 25, to unload a delivery of school furniture.
The furniture, which will be distributed to schools throughout the region, is meant to enhance the learning environment for the children of Southern Djibouti.
The people of Negele, Ethiopia, celebrated the hard work between the governments of Ethiopia and the United States August 22, 2011, during a ground breaking ceremony signifying the start of construction for a much-needed bridge that will connect two local villages and ultimately improve commerce while saving lives. The bridge will span a 22-foot wide river bed that during the rainy season can be as deep as seven meters and presents significant challenges for anyone trying to cross.
More than 25,000 cattle, camels, chickens and other livestock received necessary veterinary treatments August 16 to 24 in an effort to help livestock in the Miesa and Siminto, Ethiopia, region survive the current drought.
A partnership between local Animal Health Assistants (AHAs), Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), the district veterinary office of the Negele Borena Region of Ethiopia and members of the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion functional specialty team (490 CABN FXSP) from th
As a pair of Nomex-gloved hands reached forward and pulled a pressurized lever, the normally dusty landscape of Camp Lemonnier was transformed into something resembling a winter wonderland during a recent training event.
The gloves belonged to Siyaad Cheik, one of three Djiboutian nationals employed as a firefighter on Camp Lemonnier and certified by the Department of Defense.
"Working for the fire department has made my life very interesting," Cheik said. "It's
U.S. Navy healthcare providers from Camp Lemonniers' Michaud Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) recently teamed up with Djiboutian surgeons to successfully remove a large lymphatic cyst from the neck and shoulder of a local newborn infant. This procedure represents one of many surgeries involving combined U.S. Navy and local medical staffs.
According to U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason Hollensbe, EMF chief surgeon, the girl was born with the cystic lymphatic malformation which
For the first time in its nine-year history, the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa hosted a senior enlisted conference, August 22 to 24, bringing together service members from 11 countries, spanning four continents, to enhance regional and international partnerships and build esprit de corps.
The CJTF-HOA 2011 Senior Non-Commissioned Symposium hosted representatives from Djibouti, Rwanda, Japan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Burundi, Uganda and the United Sta
Service members from the Djiboutian Military Medical Service Corps were given the unique opportunity of touring the Michaud Expeditionary Medical Facility on Camp Lemonnier, August 9, 2011.
The tour of the facility was conducted as part of an ongoing educational partnership between Djiboutian Military medics and their U.S. service member counterparts.
"The Djiboutians gave a tour of their medical facility, which allowed us to share some of our best practices with them," said U.S.
Service members from Maritime Civil Affairs Team (MCAT) 116 and 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), partnered with more than 60 Pemban veterinary service personnel to treat roughly 9,000 animals during a Veterinarian Civil Action Program (VETCAP) in Pemba, Zanzibar, July 4 to 30.
In partnership with the Zanzibar Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries (MLF), local district veterinary officers (DVO), vet