Baker Assumes Command of CJTF-HOA

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumes command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a change of command ceremony here May 26. Baker relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken of command of CJTF-HOA during a change of command ceremony, presided over by U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumes command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa during a change of command ceremony here May 26. Baker relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken of command of CJTF-HOA during a change of command ceremony, presided over by U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, addresses task force personnel during his change of command ceremony here May 26. Baker relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Frankenduring a change of command ceremony, presided over by U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, addresses task force personnel during his change of command ceremony here May 26. Baker relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Frankenduring a change of command ceremony, presided over by U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Caya)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - Members of the official party stand at attention and salute while the color guard posts during a change of command ceremony here May 26. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - Members of the official party stand at attention and salute while the color guard posts during a change of command ceremony here May 26. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, addresses task force personnel during a change of command ceremony here May 26. Baker assumed command of CJTF-HOA during a change of command ceremony, which was presided over by U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, May 26, 2012 - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, addresses task force personnel during a change of command ceremony here May 26. Baker assumed command of CJTF-HOA during a change of command ceremony, which was presided over by U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. James Brock)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa here May 26.

Baker, who comes to CJTF-HOA after having served at the Pentagon as Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken. U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony.

Ham said that Baker is the right officer to lead the task force and is confident that he will sustain and enhance diplomatic relations, defense capabilities and development of African countries that have partnered with CJTF-HOA.

Baker addressed the crowd of U.S. and foreign government officials and several hundred CJTF-HOA members, providing a glimpse of his philosophy on the command.

"As the commander of CJTF-HOA, I want to assure anyone or organization that works to address these many difficult regional challenges that I'll do everything I can to foster a transparent, collaborative and cooperative relationship to achieve our like-minded goals," said Baker.

Baker thanked Franken for his leadership and said that he will further develop the former commander's vision for the task force.

"Your accomplishments over the year has been significant, and through your leadership you have developed a foundation and set conditions that will allow me and the HOA task force to sustain and build upon in the future," said Baker.

"To the service members, coalition partners, DOD civilians and contractors that serve in the task force, I salute you for the tremendous job you've done to date, and I look forward to serving with each and every one of you throughout the next year," said Baker.

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