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Combat medics assigned to the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division offered a Combat Lifesaver Course to about 20 service members at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 27-30, 2013.
The course, available to all service members, taught basics in battlefield casualty care, such as CPR, opening and managing airways, controlling bleeding, treating shock and requesting medical evacuations. It consisted of about 40 hours of classro
When elite military units are forced to function on limited basic needs—food, shelter and water—something as simple as a hot meal and a cold drink can really lift one’s spirit.
That’s where the Airmen of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group food services team come in.
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Shepard and Airmen 1st Class Zavier LeGrand and Christopher Morrison make up the team. Their job is to provide basic daily needs to many of the Combined Joint Task Force&nd
Six U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from Alpha Company, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, each received an Army Commendation Medal, Aug. 20, 2013, for their quick response to an accident scene, near Oheah, Djibouti, earlier this year.
The Soldiers were in two vehicles driving up a hill when they came across a pickup and semitruck that collided, said U.S. Army Spc. Jessica Wood, one of the award recipients.
"When we pulled up to the scene, there were several females with blood on thei
Members from the Japan Self Defense Forces' Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement unit met with U.S. service members assigned to Patrol Squadron 47 to share best practices of P-3 aircraft technology at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 30, 2013.
The P-3 is a four-engine turboprop aircraft used by both Japan and the United States for anti-submarine and maritime surveillance. The squadron assigned to Combined Task Force 150/151 out of Manama, Bahrain — conducts counter-pira
Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 recently completed a four-week logistics operations engagement with more than 80 Burundi National Defense Force soldiers in preparation for future deployments supporting the African Union Mission in Somalia, an active, regional peacekeeping mission operated by the African Union with the approval of the United Nations in Somalia.
The Marine task force supports Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mi
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, transferred authority to NMCB 11, from Gulfport, Miss., during a ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
U.S. Army MG Terry Ferrell, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, praised NMCB 4 for their "awe-inspiring" contributions to CJTF-HOA, U.S. Africa Command and the African continent. He went on to commend the Seabees flawless transition from performing humanitarian missions to operational missions directly contributing to the
American and Djiboutian officials recognized the planned return of more than 1,000 local employees at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during a ceremony on Aug. 7, 2013.
Djiboutian employment was disrupted in June when Camp Lemonnier's support services transferred to a new contractor. Local workers, upset with some of the new contract’s details, went on strike, which ended this week.
The commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, complime
As part of a recent Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) deployment drill, members of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division setup their mobile command post and put their Soldiers to the test here July 29-31, 2013.
RAF is a U.S. Army initiative providing combatant commanders rapidly deployable forces, which can relocate anywhere in the world at moment's notice. The 1-63rd CAB is regionally aligned with Africa, specific
After 150 days in scorching temperatures, hammers, shovels, and saws are put away and Combined Joint Task Forceeâ?Horn of Africa Seabees and leaders finally paused to reflect on numerous accomplishments.
Seabees of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 received a Flag Letter of Commendation recently during an awards ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 20, 2013. NMCB 4, deployed from Port Hueneme, Calif., were presented the FLOC, by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, CJTF
About 350 U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, out of Fort Riley, Kan., known as the Dragon Battalion, received their combat patch during the ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, July 27, 2013.
"Today marks a unique day for many of you in this formation," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. "Some of us, and many in this forma
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
Soldiers from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion Djibouti Team, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and more than a dozen local merchants met at a local primary school June 23, 2013, where they prepped for an upcoming Djiboutian bazaar on Camp Lemonnier.
"The merchants are here to learn not only rules and procedures, but also how Americans shop so they can understand and relate to their customers," said U.S. Army Capt. Jeffrey Moye, 411th CABN Djibouti Team le
In response to the unacceptable rise in sexual assaults in the military, service members from Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in a sexual assault prevention and response stand-down at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 20-22.
"Sexual harassment and sexual assault in the military are a profound betrayal of sacred oaths and sacred trusts," said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a speech at the U.S. Military Academy commencement ceremony recently. "Th
The first of its kind, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's forward command post gives U.S. Africa Command and CJTF-HOA an eyes-on capability that amplifies the ability to rapidly respond to a crisis or humanitarian incident in Africa.
"Our mission is to effectively counter violent extremists in Somalia and East Africa," said U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Hunter, CJTF-HOA Operations, Planning and Training operations chief. "The FCP lets us get critical information to
It's no secret personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa work under extreme heat conditions during July and August, typically the hottest months of the year. Often little understood are the preventative heat-safety measures in place that can be a matter of life or death.
"You have to be safe and avoid heat injuries because these types of injuries can have a long-term effect on your life," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alberto
More than 20 personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in a fun run held at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in honor of National Running Day, June 5.
In its fifth consecutive year, National Running Day is held annually on the first Wednesday in June as a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. This year marked the first time the day was recognized at Camp Lemonnier and participants completed a 5K run.
”It is a
A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting Office helped save a truck driver's life the afternoon of May 1 while en route to his assigned location on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and was recently awarded a Joint Service Achievement Medal.
"After completing a mission in nearby Kontali, I was driving back (to camp) with my team after our site visit," said Staff Sergeant Cameron Anderson. "As I drove up the hill and around
Controlling mosquito populations at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is more than a convenience — it is a vital health service provided by a team of medical specialists to protect camp and Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa personnel from the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.
"The program was created to gauge our risk posture and maintain operational readiness," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Dan Anderson, the camp's mosquito-control program director and a pu
During a ceremony June 5 at the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Camp Cheik Osman Parade Field in Djibouti, Africa, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leaders joined Djibouti's prime minister and hundreds of Djiboutian military defenders in celebration of the FAD's 36th anniversary.
"Today is the birthday of the Djibouti Army," said FAD Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, "a celebration of the creation of the Djiboutian Armed Forces in 1977.
Preventative maintenance checks and services are the key to maintaining military vehicles used on a daily basis. The 12 mechanics that make up the Task Force Longrifles maintenance section are some of the most experienced in the Kentucky Army National Guard and collectively can diagnose and fix any problem on any military vehicle.
So it’s no surprise the Joint Forces Land Component Command assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa reached out to Task Force Longrifles to suppo