Ombudsman Newsletter: Africa Command - Steady as She Goes

On the first of October, CJTF-HOA transitioned from US Central Command to the newest combatant command in the Department of Defense, US Africa Command. As our new commander, General Kip Ward said when he visited us in Djibouti in late September, as Africa Command will "increase the efficiency and effectiveness of our military programs on this continent."

Africa Command consolidates US military operations under one unified command where, in the past, Africa had been split between US European, Central and Pacific commands. This new command is a historic and positive change, and strengthens the mission of CJTF-HOA. We expect that as US Africa Command evolves, CJTF-HOA will evolve along with it.

This is an exciting time to be living and working in Africa. Every day, we see progress in our partner nations' capabilities and in our own understanding of this vital region. I am constantly impressed by the professionalism and dedication by every Sailor, Marine, Soldier, Airman and civilian working far from home to bring security and stability to the Horn of Africa and East Africa.

My thanks go out to all of you for keeping the home fires burning. You are in our thoughts and prayers as we know we are in yours.


Commander Djibouti

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CJTF-HOA civil affairs veterinarians assist in diminishing animal disease, overpopulation in Djibouti

The Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa’s 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB) Functional Specialty Group (FXSP) veterinarians spayed, dewormed and immunized the cats of Caritas Djibouti here, Aug 30.

Keeping the Faith

Deputy command chaplain for U.S. Africa Command engages with key leaders and local practitioners of the Islamic faith during a week-long temporary duty assignment to Djibouti, Africa to take part in USAFRICOM’s Cutlass Express 2017 exercise.

EARF Soldiers conduct demolition training

U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, completed demolition training and learned how to use explosives to breach through buildings, Aug. 30, 2016 at Arta, Djibouti.

CJTF-HOA welcomes new 449th AEG commander

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Bruzzini assumed command of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group from U.S. Air Force Col. Daniel Duffy during the 449th AEG Change of Command ceremony June 6, 2016, at Camp Lemmonier, Djibouti. U.S. Air Force Col. Andra Kniep, 435th Air Expeditionary Wing commander, served as the presiding officer for the ceremony.

Allies in Djibouti commemorate V-E Day

Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa representatives and French forces in Djibouti commemorate Victory in Europe Day, May 8, 2016, at the French base in Djibouti. During the ceremony, General Philippe Montocchio, commander of French forces in Djibouti, spoke about one of the strongest elements of the war, the men and women across Europe resisting against the invading enemy. V-E Day, observed annually in France, celebrates the victory in Europe, ending World War II, and became a national French holiday. Charles de Gaulle, who led the French forces during the war, declared the victory of the Allied Armies and the United Nations over Germany, May 8, 1945. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Benjamin Raughton/Released)