October 5, 2013, was a day like most others for Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson. As a team sergeant for the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), Thompson was responsible for leading engagement teams into local communities outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
For 22 years, the National Guard has partnered with the armed forces of allied countries to build and strengthen military, political, economic and societal relationships. In a historic first for East Africa, Representatives from the Kentucky National Guard (KNG) and the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) ratified a state partnership agreement in a signing ceremony held at the Kempinski Hotel in Djibouti City, June 2, 2015.
According to Dictionary.com, education is the process of acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for life. This education process is built from the ground up and that is just what U.S. Africa Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and the Tanzania Ministry of Education are providing to the people of Tanzania.
Survivors from 2006 helicopter crash meet with Djiboutian Rescuers
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines work together every day at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) to counter violent extremist organizations in East Africa through military engagements with partner nations, so it only makes sense those service members would also train together to become better leaders.