CJTF-HOA members construct Forward Headquarters Element, train for emergency ops

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Pisa, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One construction electrician, prepares a generator to power the Forward Headquarters Element during contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. "This allows us to have an on-site commander with on-site eyes to relay information back and forth keeping everybody informed about the situation," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Chuck Hawkins, CJTF-HOA operations assistant mission commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano\RELEASED) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Pisa, Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One construction electrician, prepares a generator to power the Forward Headquarters Element during contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. "This allows us to have an on-site commander with on-site eyes to relay information back and forth keeping everybody informed about the situation," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Chuck Hawkins, CJTF-HOA operations assistant mission commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano\RELEASED)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chad Flannery and Staff Sgt Derek Hudson, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Cyber Transport System technicians, assemble a satellite communication system during contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. The training prepares CJTF-HOA members for military and humanitarian missions throughout the region by strengthening operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano\RELEASED) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Chad Flannery and Staff Sgt Derek Hudson, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Cyber Transport System technicians, assemble a satellite communication system during contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. The training prepares CJTF-HOA members for military and humanitarian missions throughout the region by strengthening operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano\RELEASED)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members construct the Forward Headquarters Element tent as part of contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. The training prepares CJTF-HOA members for military and humanitarian missions throughout the region by strengthening operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano\RELEASED) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members construct the Forward Headquarters Element tent as part of contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. The training prepares CJTF-HOA members for military and humanitarian missions throughout the region by strengthening operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano\RELEASED)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Chuck Hawkins, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa operations assistant mission commander, hammers in a stake to stabilize the Forward Headquarters Element tent during contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. The training prepares CJTF-HOA members for military and humanitarian missions throughout the region by strengthening operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano) CJTF-HOA Photo CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Dec. 3, 2012) - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Chuck Hawkins, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa operations assistant mission commander, hammers in a stake to stabilize the Forward Headquarters Element tent during contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012. The training prepares CJTF-HOA members for military and humanitarian missions throughout the region by strengthening operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano)

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members constructed a Forward Headquarters Element with joint operation center capabilities as part of contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012.

The FHE, a soft tent, houses equipment and personnel needed for CJTF-HOA leadership to command and communicate with the local forces.

"This is our forward headquarters element where we would take our headquarters from our home station JOC and move it out in the field closer to the action, wherever we need to be," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Chuck Hawkins, CJTF-HOA operations assistant mission commander. "This allows us to have an on-site commander with on-site eyes to relay information back and forth keeping everybody informed about the situation"

It can take three to four hours to assemble/erect the tent and make it operational, which includes enabling power and communication. Twenty-five service members are always on standby should a real-world emergency arise, according to Hawkins.

Members from CJTF-HOA's operations, intelligence, and communications sections, and Camp Lemonnier's Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One and force protection personnel partnered to share best practices and solve any problems that arose to successfully complete the mission.

"My people did excellent today," Hawkins said. "You know you are going to find some flaws and we worked through them. Next time it's going to be even better than before."

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