Bilateral Efforts to Achieve Regional Effects

Commander Scott Ruston, Theater Security deputy director, makes opening remarks at the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan.  13, 2015. The conference brought together service members, civilian counterparts and ambassadors from across East Africa to discuss regional access and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Theater Security Deputy Director makes Opening Remarks at East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference Commander Scott Ruston, Theater Security deputy director, makes opening remarks at the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 13, 2015. The conference brought together service members, civilian counterparts and ambassadors from across East Africa to discuss regional access and development. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa commander, makes remarks on the opening day of the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan.  13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) CJTF-HOA Commander makes Remarks on Opening Day of East African TSC Conference Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa commander, makes remarks on the opening day of the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, makes opening remarks at the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan.  13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, makes Opening Remarks at East African TSC Conference Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, makes opening remarks at the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, makes opening remarks at the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan.  13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, makes Opening Remarks at East African TSC Conference Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, makes opening remarks at the East African Theater Security Cooperation Conference at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 13. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
A conference attendee asks a question at the East African Theater Security Conference, Jan. 13, 2015, during opening remarks by Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Conference Attendee asks a Question at East African TSC Conference A conference attendee asks a question at the East African Theater Security Conference, Jan. 13, 2015, during opening remarks by Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Distinguished visitors to include Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa commander and other East Africa ambassadors, sit-in on a visual teleconference, as part of the East African Theater Security Conference, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Distinguished Visitors sit in on a Visual Teleconference as Part of the East African TSC Conference Distinguished visitors to include Ambassador Phillip Carter, III, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement, Africa Command, Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa commander and other East Africa ambassadors, sit-in on a visual teleconference, as part of the East African Theater Security Conference, Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa personnel and East Africa Theater Security Conference attendees listen to the Distinguished Visitors Panel, Jan 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) CJTF-HOA Personnel and East Africa TSC Conference Attendees listen to Distinguished Visitors Panel Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa personnel and East Africa Theater Security Conference attendees listen to the Distinguished Visitors Panel, Jan 16. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)
Attendees of the East Africa Theater Security Cooperation Conference pose for a group photo at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 16. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie) Attendees of East Africa TSC Conference pose for Group Photo Attendees of the East Africa Theater Security Cooperation Conference pose for a group photo at Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, Jan. 16. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie)

Creating an open line of communication helps instill a regional approach and is vital to the success of any operation or organization. This concept is extremely important to the development of our East African partners.

The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Theater Security Cooperation Team led the East Africa Theater Security Cooperation Conference, which provided this opportunity at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan 12-17, 2015.

The conference hosted many distinguished visitors and ambassadors to East African Nations to include, Ambassador Phillip Carter, Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Engagement (DCME) of United States Africa Command.

According to Carter, this conference has brought people together to look at these problems, not just bilaterally but regionally and in that context, the conference has been a success.

“The hope is we are going to have better clarity in terms of our engagements with our African partners, looking for ways that we can make a real difference in strengthening their capacities as they take on some of the most complex challenges,” said Carter. “With these discussions we will have a practical roadmap, a practical sense of objectives with clear metrics that we can monitor and evaluate over the upcoming year and years ahead."

The EATSC conference was designed to align complementary United States Government activities in East Africa, to provide a forum for open dialogue and to increase mutual understanding of operations, militaries and needs among members of the East African Nations.

According to Commander Scott Ruston, Theater Security deputy director, the objective of the conference is to align the discussion between all partners, where and when feasible, on  the different types of programs to include, counter-terrorism, and bilateral security sector assistance, causing regional effectiveness.

“First and foremost we are looking to create an open dialogue where we have a greater understanding of the different levels of perspectives from our East African partners and military counterparts, that are part of theater security operations,” said Ruston. “We look at East Africa as a braided rope and we are looking to weave the strands to bring the different pieces of regionalism, interoperability, and regional programs together to create the strongest rope possible.”

The conference also hosted speakers from many civilian agencies to include, United States Africa Command, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Department of State, United States Agency for International Development and East African Nation liaison Officers.

The conference allowed these individuals to meet and become better leaders who will provide an effective Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, Multinational Team to go forward and provide regional access and enabling CJTF-HOA regional partnerships, according to Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., CJTF-HOA commander.

“We want to develop our leaders, to begin thinking about regional impact when solving bi-lateral problems, utilizing the knowledge and skill sets of our East African partners,” said Grigsby. “Everyone has an invested interest in the success of the East African Nations, we should be engaged in each other successes, that is what partnership is.”

With the effectiveness of the conference and the attendance, Carter hopes this conference will become a yearly regional event and the take away will have a regional effect.

“I believe the intent of the conference has been met and I hope the take away for the attendees of the conference is that they need to be able to communicate across their immediate portfolios, that they need to be able to engage their colleagues who look not just at one country but at the neighborhood,” concluded Carter. “In the end it’s not how we measure the actions that we take but it’s the effects that we hope to achieve and that’s really the lesson I hope everyone takes away.”

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