U.S. Marine Corps leadership ensured Marines and other service members deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, knew they weren’t forgotten and their service overseas during the holidays is greatly appreciated, during an “all-call” Dec. 29, 2013.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, his wife, Bonnie, Sgt. Maj. Of the Marine Corps Michael Barrett and Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, visited Djibouti during their nine day, seven countr
Seventeen Sailors, from the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD), and 13 Airmen from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group conducted a joint search and recovery training exercise called “Neptune’s Falcon” in the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the coast of Djibouti, Dec. 20, 2013.
Although sister services work together daily at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy rarely train together. This exercise gave them a chance to tes
Four days after their official transfer of authority ceremony, U.S. Army Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's East Africa Response Force deployed for the first time since being established earlier this year.
The Soldiers loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules on Dec. 14, 2013, and deployed to South Sudan supporting the U.S. Embassy’s ordered departure.
“When the 1/18th arrived in Djibouti, we stressed that they needed to be ready to
In a collapsed building muffled cries can be faintly heard through a small hole in a concrete wall. Rescuers work frantically to cut through it and reach a trapped girl. Timing is everything, and the team has to work quickly and safely to get her out alive.
Training and preparation play a huge role in any rescue, and members of the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion and 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron teamed up with 30 members of the Kenya Disaster Response Unit to share knowledge and
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, transferred authority to the “Vanguards” of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment in an outdoor ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 14, 2013.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, presided over the ceremony.
“(The 1/63rd Soldiers) have set a
In the desert and off the waters of East Africa, service members never know what types of situations they will encounter.
U.S. Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, escape, (SERE) specialist, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Schmitz, gave first-hand working knowledge of how to survive missions and combat to Airmen with the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during desert and water survival training on the Djiboutian coastline, Dec. 6, 2013.
The training ensures the 3
A team from Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa recently installed a new weather system at the Kenyan Military Airport in Nairobi.
The team included U.S. service members from, J3 Meteorological and Oceanographic Office, J3 Special Operations Command and Control Element Weather System and Support Cadre and the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion.
Before the new system was installed, the Kenyan Defense Forces relied on data from a civilian weather system which can be
Members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) held a retirement ceremony and change of command for its top military leader near Camp Lemonnier, Nov. 28, 2013.
FAD Maj. Gen. Fathi Ahmed Houssein, chief of Defence, retired after more than 54 years of military service, and FAD Maj. Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim assumed command during the outdoor ceremony.
Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh presided over the ceremony. Several members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of
Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, conducted a mass casualty exercise to test the base's capabilities in the event of an emergency, Nov. 20, 2013.
"Our goals are to test our ability to react to multiple disasters simultaneously and the response," said U.S. Navy Capt. Rom Stevens, Surgeon for Combined Joint Task Force.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians joined together to provide eme
U.S. Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa tested their rapid response capability during an exercise here recently.
The East Africa Response Force conducted an embassy response exercise to hone their skills of quickly reacting to a threat facing a U.S. Embassy in the region. It is comprised of members from the U.S. Army’s 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
A vehicle accident can happen in the blink of an eye, and for eight U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, they were in the right place at the right time to help save a man’s life.
Oct. 12, 2013, was a quiet afternoon, when four members of the team were returning from a trip to a local village. As they came around a curve in the road, they saw an overturned vehicle with people surrounding it.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Manuel DeLaRosa, the team se
Soldiers and Sailors from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, Maritime Civil Affairs Team 212 and several Kenyan organizations recently held Basic Sea Survival training for Kenyan security personnel in Mtwapa, Kenya.
The training strengthens security in Kenya, which has 18 prisons near its coast, rivers and lakes. Prisoners, including violent extremists, use the waterways to escape and many guards do not know how to swim, enabling the prison
“It’s definitely a big challenge--the whole thing is a big 11-day gut check,” are the words one Airman used to describe a French desert commando course run by the French military in a training area near here.
Oct. 6 to the 16 will be 11 days that U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chad Warren, a photojournalist assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa public affairs office, won’t soon forget.
“Initially, I wanted to just do a story on this
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti — Who hasn’t bought a souvenir from a place they have traveled? Trinkets that remind them of somewhere they visited during their military career.
For some people, making and selling souvenirs is a livelihood, and it is how they provide for their families.
In an effort to bring a taste of Africa to camp and boost morale for those deployed here, the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion worked with the local community to bring 12 vendors to sell
The Dragons of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division accomplished another “first” in U.S. Army history.
The 1-63rd CAB. which was the first active Army battalion to conduct the Regionally Aligned Forces initiative in Africa, also became the first unit to conduct and Expert Infantryman Badge qualification in the Horn of Africa.
Despite the unit’s high operations tempo and hefty training
In recent history, the waters off the coast of East Africa have been dangerous for maritime operations and travel because of the prevalence of piracy in the area. Though much of the threat has been eliminated by diligent efforts of NATO forces in the area, there is still a viable threat to ships bringing vital supplies into Djibouti.
Members of the U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard stationed at Camp Lemonnier work in tandem with the Djibouti Coast Guard and Navy to provide security to
When it comes to saving a life every second counts – the faster someone can be pulled from the elements the more likely the person will survive.
No matter how much someone trains, there are no guarantees conditions will be ideal when the call comes in and that’s why the members of an elite U.S. Air Force team constantly test their abilities.
These Airmen with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, along with French soldiers conducted combined air-to-water qual
Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, is a lush, green, mountainous country home to 34.1 million people. The people who live there share the land with mountain gorillas, zebras, rhinos, and other wildlife and domesticated animals.
However, cohabitating with this wide array of animals comes at a cost when deadly diseases can spread from animals to humans or vice versa.
U.S. Mission Uganda sponsored One Health missions to Uganda's Kaabong and Kabale regions, led by staff from U.S. Agency
A Marine deployed to Combined Joint Task Force — Horn of Africa, was recently selected as the United Service Organizations' 2013 Volunteer of the Year. Gunnery Sgt. Jeremiah C. Johnson, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 as the Military Advisor on Weapons and Tactics will be honored Oct. 25, 2013, at the USO Gala in Washington, D.C.
Before being selected, Johnson beat out the competition of 27,000 volunteers in more than 160 locations around the globe.
Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 are conducting a 10-week predeployment exercise currently under way with Burundi National Defense Force soldiers to prepare them for assignments in Somalia.
The purpose of the exercise is to strengthen Burundian soldiers’ security capabilities. Burundi supplies troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia, a regional peacekeeping mission, and supports Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission
Watching the morning news and catching the weather is as routine as drinking a cup of coffee. Sunny with mild temperatures is desirable, but what about forecasting the ocean? While it may not be important to people back home, for members of Combine Joint Task Force â? Horn of Africa, it directly affects missions within the region.
To collect this information, the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the meteorology oceanographic section to de
After five years assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the Maritime Civil Affairs Unit left recently and because of the changing mission for civil affairs here, they will not be replaced with another maritime unit.
"We used to do a wide scope of humanitarian assistance and humanitarian civic assistance, but we don't really do that anymore," said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Prevatte, officer in charge of the unit. "We are now narrowing the focus towards military-to-milit
U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Burundi National Defense Force combat engineers conducted a Humanitarian Mine Action exercise in Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug. 5-23, 2013.
The exchange allowed the service members an opportunity to share best practices and gain a better understanding of how to conduct unexploded ordnance reconnaissance, basic demolition procedures, rigging for remote movement, and safe-handling and storage pro
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin Bohn, senior enlisted leader for U.S. Africa Command, made his first official visit to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, this week. U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, CJTF-HOA senior enlisted leader, hosted Bohn during his site visit which included touring CJTF-HOA facilities, mission briefings and meetings with HOA enlisted personnel and commanders.
"These types of visits are important so we can get the pulse of service members," Bohn said
This morning, members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier paid tribute to the memory of those who lost their lives in the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
At 8 a.m. sharp 12 years after the tragedy, representatives from each of the services gathered to remember those lost during a ceremony held under the half-mast American flag here. Though everyone felt the effects of that day, it holds a special importance for service members who have fought to eradicate ter
In the skies above Djibouti, members of the U.S. and French Air Forces joined together in an unlikely training scenario, pitting helicopters against fighter aircraft in a simulated hostile rescue situation.
Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter pilots here to conduct a combat exercise in which U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters recovered downed aircrew while being engaged by enemy
Medics from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa recently held advanced trauma lanes training on Turf Field at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 31, 2013.
The drill started at dawn with intense physical training, which helped simulate the stress medics experience in the field.
A simulated attack occurred severely injuring several members. The medics triaged the
Anyone assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa knows the roads outside the Camp Lemonnier gates are treacherous. The streets are unlit, narrow and riddled with crater-sized potholes-one could only wonder how many accidents go unnoticed.
Recently, six Airmen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron went beyond the call of duty to help in two separate vehicle accidents that were days apart.