Uganda People's Defense Force soldiers recently completed a 10-week joint engagement with U.S. Marines and Sailors assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa for a deployment to Somalia later this year.
Uganda provides troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia, or AMISOM, a regional peacekeeping mission in Somalia supported by the United Nations. The Marine task force supports Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission, which is to counter viole
The game of basketball has been bringing Americans and Djiboutians together to promote a friendly rivalry and sportsmanship since April. But for team members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier and the Djiboutian public, the cultural exchange and lessons shared on and off the court have been nothing short of a slam dunk.
Every week, games between U.S. men's and women's teams, made up of CJTF-HOA and Camp service members, take place at Djibouti Universi
Eight soldiers and airmen from Kenya Defense Forces partnered with two Airman from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Public Affairs Office for a two-day, military-to military photojournalism workshop at the International Peace Support Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya, July 18-19, 2013.
The hands-on workshop, which enhances KDF capacities in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), was the first of its kind between the two countries and shared best practices in photography sk
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier service members joined hundreds of Djiboutians to recognize students' successful completion of an institute's English program during a graduation ceremony held at the Bender Djedid community building in Djibouti, July 7, 2013.
The Institute of Languages and Information Technology's English program, called Nour Al-Iman, teaches students how to write, read and speak the language through a variety of science, math and
During emergencies, the importance of an effective and reliable communication system between Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and partner nations is essential. Recognizing this need, American and Japanese service members conducted a successful radio exercise at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 5, 2013 to ensure an alternative communication system is available in the event of manmade or natural disasters.
Historically, land and cellular telephone networks do not survive disasters w
Editor's note: The following information was modified from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Annual History Report, Command Year 2012 - 2013, written by U.S. Army Col. Neil C. Glad, CJTFF-HOA Command Historian.
Like most military command's insignias, the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's distinctive crest pays homage to proud military rich traditions and history. In fact, the CJTF-HOA insignia traces its roots to both WWIII-era American and cen
A contingent of U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets met with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa personnel to learn about its operations in East Africa during a visit at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 6-8, 2013.
The visit kicks off a four-nation tour that will give the cadets, assigned with U.S. Army Africa, opportunities to discuss policies with key U.S. and foreign military leaders, observe civilian and military operations, and chances to help build partnerships
While all service members and civilians assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, use their unique skills and expertise daily to fulfill the United States Armed Forces' missions throughout East Africa, there's one particular group here supporting its nation's interests by deploying a special talent understood and loved all over the world - music.
The Horns of Africa jazz quintet, comprised of U.S. military members from CJTF-HOA and
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner took responsibility as the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader from U.S. Marines Corps Sgt. Maj. Gary Smith during a ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 1, 2013.
Skinner says she is honored to take the reins from such an "amazing leader as Sgt. Maj. Smith."
"His footprint is going to be in the sands of Djibouti and the HOA for years to come because of the impact he has made on Combined Joint Tas
As the only U.S. presence in Africa, it can be difficult sometimes to understand how Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa operates unless a visitor sees it firsthand.
As a result, a constant stream of distinguished visitors visit CJTF-HOA -- and the first face they see is that of a CJTF-HOA Command Element Protocol Office member.
"We support the command by making sure those people have positive experiences while they are here and when they go back to their home station or co
Kentucky Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery Regiment, handed over command to 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armor Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division – also known as the Dragon Battalion – during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 26, 2013.
"The 2/138th worked hard. Wherever we told them to take care of a mission around the Horn of Africa, they answered the call, and I am confident that the 1/63 is ready to acco