The last place Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard ever thought they would be is on the Comoros Islands (officially called Union of the Comoros) off the coast of Eastern Africa. After all, they were deploying to Djibouti, 1,600 miles north of the Comoros. But that is exactly where Capt. Matthew Doughman, 1st Lieutenant Justin Gilliam, and Spc. Ryan Stull would end up. The mission was a 1-week military-to-military exchange to provide 28 Comoran soldiers "best practices" in first aid.
A team of U.S. Army soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa recently concluded a month-long operation teamed with the Kenyan army to develop a counter-improvised-explosive-device training program for East African militaries.
Drawing on their own experiences and training, the three-man team partnered with soldiers from the Kenyan army to share information with four classes of service members from several East African nations including Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Comoros
CHOMONI, Comoros (January 29, 2011) - The children of Chomoni, Comoros, once had a broken building of a school with holes in the walls, corroded interiors and desks with jagged edges.
In the first week of 2011, the Joint Civil Affairs Team (JCAT) 101 from the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa undertook a project to rebuild the Chomoni Primary School for Children with the help of the townspeople.
“We have been expecting help from many people for a long time, but the Americ
MORONI, Comoros - Locals from the city of Moroni, Comoros, visited the Cosep Learning Center to share sea survival skills and lifesaving techniques with the Joint Civil Affairs Team (JCAT) 101, January 26.
The team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and commanded by U.S. Army Captain Ivan Hong, discussed what to do in case of a water emergency with fisherman, firefighters, the Comorian Coast Guard, high school and university students, and even people who wandered
As a member of a Civil Affairs team, you understand relationships are a fundamental piece to the mission. One of the best ways to enhance relationships is to participate in group physical training. Maintaining physical health is understood by all, no matter what part of the world you are from, as an essential part of our daily lives.
This holds true here in Comoros as well. When Joint Civil Affairs Team 101 with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, invited the Comorian Coast Guar
It wasn't that long ago that four members of Maritime Civil Affairs Team 215 didn't know what their next career in the military was going to be, and if they would have the opportunity to work together again. The four Navy Reservists were members of Inshore Boat Unit 24 and had just learned their unit was being decommissioned.
As is often the case, when one door shuts, another door opens. Senior Chief Petty Officer Nick Dimatteo learned of an opportunity to start an MCAT detachm
Comorian President Ahmed Abdallan Mohamed Sambi , U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Brian Losey, commander of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), U.S. Ambassador to the Comoros and Madagascar Niels Marquadt, and numerous Comorian government officials and CJTF-HOA personnel attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Hamramba school in Moroni, Comoros, May 15, 2010.
The ceremony marked the completion of a $500,000 project funded by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), providing eight classro
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa have deployed to assist with search-and-rescue operations of Yemeni Air Flight 626, an Airbus A310 that crashed on June 30, 2009 in the Indian Ocean 10 kilometers off shore during its final approach to the Comoros airport.
The U.S. Embassy for Madagascar and Comoros requested assistance from U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to provide search-and-rescue assistance to the Comoros government.
Members of CJTF-HOA, including
During his travels to African nations, General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, delivers an unwavering message: The command is listening to and learning from its African partners on security issues and will help where possible.
Ward brought that message in person January 21, 2009, to the island-nation of Comoros off the southeastern coast of Africa during the nation's first official visit of a top U.S. military commander.
"Our command is dedicated to doing