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.

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U.S., Japanese, French, Italian militaries partner for first multilateral NEO exercise in Africa

Initiated by the Japanese military, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) supported a joint-nation noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise and training here, Sept. 29.

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.

CJTF-HOA Commander Visits with Troops During Holiday Season

U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David J. Furness, commander of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, and U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin J. Higginbotham, command senior enlisted leader of CJTF-HOA, visited with troops in Chebelley, Djibouti, Dec. 25, 2017. The leaders spent the afternoon meeting with service members and thanking them for their continued service and sacrifice during the holiday season and throughout their deployments.

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.