A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's epic journey across the world included a stop at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to document the trajectory of human story from its pastoral roots to today's rapidly globalized world for a project called "Out of Eden."
In January, Paul Salopek, a National Geographic fellow, began a 7-year journey on foot in Ethiopia to retrace the path human ancestors took around 60,000 years ago.
"The idea is to start at the cradle of humankind, t
The eighth iteration of the Military Intelligence Basic Officer Course-Africa graduated 28 partner-nation intelligence officers, March 20. The course brought together officers from the countries of Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Sudan for an eight-week course in Nairobi, Kenya, that strengthens intelligence capabilities of East African militaries.
"For me to be able to conduct and advise accordingly, I need to understand how my counterparts work," said Ke
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion ONE out of Gulfport, Miss. transferred authority to NMCB FOUR out of Port Hueneme, Calif., during a ceremony Feb. 15, 2013, at 11 Degrees North, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
During their six month long deployment, NMCB 1 executed more than 10,000 man days of construction and performed more than $7 million in supply transactions supporting operations downrange and on camp.
"You have provided viable, sustainable water for more than 4,000 Ethiopians b
U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 Seabees assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa partnered with Ethiopian National Defense Force engineers to share best practices during a water well drilling exercise in Fiche, Ethiopia, beginning Nov. 27, 2012.
The ENDF supports the UN Security Council authorized peacekeeping missions in Darfur and Abyei. The exercise was designed to improve the operational capability of ENDF specialists to operate in remote and austere environm
Situated in the highlands overlooking Ethiopia's Rift Valley, the town of Hirna was the site of a Veterinary Civic Action Program Oct. 22-28, where district animal health workers received continuing veterinary education and local farmers' cattle, sheep, and goats were examined, treated, and vaccinated against disease.
The VETCAP was organized as a partnership between the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, Oromia Province veterinary professionals, and the U.S. Army
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Soldiers, forward-deployed to Ethiopia, delivered care packages to a local orphanage Sept. 2, 2012.
St. Augustine's, a 100-year-old, Catholic, all-girls orphanage in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, has been the recipient of dozens of boxes of personal care items since February, when the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard unit arrived to support the CJTF-HOA mission.
"Nine boxes of hygiene items went to the orphanag
Partnering with Babile's veterinarian team, members of the U.S. Army 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, participated in a Veterinary Civil Action Program here May 21 - June 1.
The VETCAP's mission is to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with this CJTF-HOA partner nation.
[Keeping animals healthy will] incr
Ethiopian and U.S. personnel gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate a new school house and two latrines at the Gende Gerada Primary School here May 22.
This building project lines up with one part of the mission statement for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa?enhancing partner nation capacity. One way CJTF-HOA personnel help accomplish this is by providing opportunities for African nations to help themselves.
U.S. Navy Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three
Three feet of rope, four nails and a blue net all wrapped inside a plastic bag may not seem like they can save lives. However, these tools - along with the partnership between members of Civil Affairs Team 4905, government and non-government organizations - can impede the spread of malaria in Ethiopia.
CAT 4905, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, distributed 18,000 packs of insecticide-treated bed nets, rope and nails to Ethiopians in Samaro and Debaka, Debobesa, h
Runners from various nations and more than 40 U.S. military members and civilians from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, raced through the streets here during the 16th Annual Djibouti International Semi-Marathon March 2.
Almost 800 runners from several African nations, such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti, crowded the starting line along with racers from France, Germany, Japan and the U.S.
U.S. Army Major Thomas Hammell, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa plans officer, organized
Editor's Note: During a recent trip to Ethiopia, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton experienced rural areas outside the country's capitol as he travelled to Negele Borena by car. Negele Borena is the site of the only bridge in Ethiopia built by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. It spans a dangerous river, which claims the lives of roughly three people every year. The completed bridge will allow the local people and livestock to cross the river without fear of be
Editor's Note: During a recent trip to Ethiopia, U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton experienced rural areas outside the country's capitol as he travelled to Negele Borena by car. Negele Borena is the site of the only bridge in Ethiopia built by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. It spans a dangerous river, which claims the lives of roughly three people every year. The completed bridge will allow the local people and livestock to cross the river without fea
More than 25,000 cattle, camels, chickens and other livestock received necessary veterinary treatments August 16 to 24 in an effort to help livestock in the Miesa and Siminto, Ethiopia, region survive the current drought.
A partnership between local Animal Health Assistants (AHAs), Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), the district veterinary office of the Negele Borena Region of Ethiopia and members of the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion functional specialty team (490 CABN FXSP) from th
The people of Negele, Ethiopia, celebrated the hard work between the governments of Ethiopia and the United States August 22, 2011, during a ground breaking ceremony signifying the start of construction for a much-needed bridge that will connect two local villages and ultimately improve commerce while saving lives. The bridge will span a 22-foot wide river bed that during the rainy season can be as deep as seven meters and presents significant challenges for anyone trying to cross.
For the first time in its nine-year history, the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa hosted a senior enlisted conference, August 22 to 24, bringing together service members from 11 countries, spanning four continents, to enhance regional and international partnerships and build esprit de corps.
The CJTF-HOA 2011 Senior Non-Commissioned Symposium hosted representatives from Djibouti, Rwanda, Japan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Spain, Seychelles, Mauritius, Burundi, Uganda and the United Sta
Six Army cadets and six midshipmen from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, arrived at the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), May 26, 2011, to better understand the role of U.S. forces in the area.
During the course of one month, the students will travel around Djibouti, Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania to participate in key leader engagements, observe civilian and military operations and contribute to building partnerships
Functional Specialty Team (FST) of healthcare providers and 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion (402 CA BN) soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa' (CJTF-HOA) provided medical care to more than 400 Ethiopians during a Medical Civil Action Program (MEDCAP) in the sub-Sahara area of Dire Dawa May 9 to 27, 2011.
The team partnered with the Ethiopian Ministry of Health as part of the Global Health Initiative, a program designed to provide and improve healthcare access to un
Chaplain (U.S. Navy Captain) Jon Cutler, director of Religious Affairs for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and U.S. Navy Chief Religious Programs Specialist Antoine Roach traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from April 25 to May 1 to meet with religious leaders and discuss new initiatives promoting regional stability.
The trip included meetings with representatives from the All Africa Council of Churches (AACC), Kenyan Ministry of Defense (KMOD)
On March 11, Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel David Terrinoni met a 15-year-old Ethiopian girl whom his twin 25-year-old daughters have supported every month for 10 years since they were in middle school, deciding on their own to tithe their babysitting and birthday money on the girl’s behalf.
Terrinoni, who is the deputy director of Religious Affairs for Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, presented several gifts to Medina Hyredin and her parents at their home in suburban Addis Ale
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Feb 26, 2011) - More than 10 U. S. legislators from six states visited Camp Lemonnier February 26, 2011.
The group, led by Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, stopped in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, before arriving in Djibouti. The delegation met with U.S. military personnel and foreign leaders to discuss partnership efforts in the region, according to officials.
The delegation met with several servicemembers from their respective states, Combined Joint Ta
ALLI ADDE, Djibouti (Feb. 26, 2011) – Less than a mile from where the borders of Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia connect, a large crowd celebrated the opening of a much needed health clinic on February 26 in the tiny village of Guistir in the Ali Sabieh District of Djibouti.
The ceremony, hosted by a delegation of Djiboutian and U.S. guests, culminated a $450,000 joint project between Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa (CJTF–HOA) and USAID, in a remote region where access to servi
U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald E. Booth dedicated a new well in the Adiga Falima area of Dire Dawa November 29, 2010.
Members of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 (NMCB-7) completed the first of seven hand-pump-operated wells the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) committed to drill in the Dire Dawa region June 14. This is the only working well in a 10 kilometer radius and services two villages. Since then, another well was completed in Legota Mirg
Nurses of the Dil Chora Hospital in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, attended the first week-long emergency medical technician (EMT) course, October 15, 2010.
The course is a partnership between Dr. Manyazewal Dessie, senior orthopedic surgeon at Dil Chora Hospital, soldiers of the U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Battalion, Charlie Company, and Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 (NMCB 7).
The curriculum for the 23 students, approved by the hospital to meet their standards, consist
Nursing students of the Arts Medical College of Dire Dawa, Ethiopia with assistance from the U.S. Army 418th Civil Function Specialty Team (Fx SP), Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), distributed medications to more than 900 children in seven remote villages during the second phase of a Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) to improve health conditions in the Shinile Zone (Woreda).
Medications distributed in the second phase were tailored to the results of parasitolo
A U.S. Army 418th Civil Affairs Team (Charlie Company) was invited by the tribal Chief (Ugaas) of Issa, Mustafe Maxamed Ibraahim, to attend his wedding celebration September 23, 2010.
Through meetings with tribal elders and advisors, the team learned Issa is one of the major tribes in the Horn of Africa. The Ugaas is the chosen king of the Somali Issa people (approximately 2.5 million reside in Northeast Ethiopia, Southern Djibouti, and Northern Somaliland, as well as a large expatriat
Residents of Hawi Gudina, West Hararghe zone, Oromia regional state, Ethiopia, received aid in the form of nearly 900 long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) from a U.S. Army Civil Affairs team assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, July 27, 2010.
Hawi Gudina is a recently resettled village in the southern part of Ethiopia, and is experiencing an outbreak of malaria, due to heavy rains in the area which created standing water, a breeding ground for the malaria carrying A
A Meteorology and Oceanographic Center (METOC) team arrived at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to conduct a site visit with U.S. Department of State and the Ethiopian National Meteorological Agency (ENMA) July 19, 2010.
The visit is the final step in a series of engagements conducted by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa METOC to determine suitable locations for weather sensor deployment. The team members observed operations at the ENMA, and shared insights and best practices gathered f
At the invitation of Brigadier General Tsegay Tessema Niguse, the Ethiopian National Defense Force's (ENDF) Inspector General (IG), the U.S. Africa Command IG Office conducted an IG Inspections seminar for the ENDF IG staff at the Defense Industry Training Institute (DITI) in Addis Ababa from 7-11 June. Instructors included Maj John Pease, USAF and Mr. Tony Dunn from the AFRICOM IG office, and CDR Scott Bell, USN, the IG for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, who led the sem
Thousands of Long-Lasting Insecticidal Nets, or mosquito bed-nettings, were handed out by a U.S. Army Civil Affairs team to the people of Hayo Oda Kebele, Dollo Mena District, Bale Zone, Ethiopia, April 26, 2010.
"We are distributing 35,000 nets to a population of approximately 93,000 people," said Lieutenant Daniel Deckard, commander of the Civil Affairs team, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. "That's approximately two nets per household," he said.
The distribution i
Six Ethiopian air force officers visited with servicemembers to discuss airdrop procedures, February 8 to 12, 2010.
The visit was part of a continuing engagement between Ethiopian officers and aircrew from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) and the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. The previous meeting, held in Ethiopia in December 2009, was a step towards Theater Security Cooperation by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), 17th Air Force and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
In late August of 2005, the St. Paul's Episcopal Church and School in the Lakeview community of New Orleans was under 10 feet of stagnant water in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The historic brick church, with its 15-foot, 150-year-old Tiffany stained-glass windows, was directionless and in need of assistance.
At roughly the same time, an Episcopal Navy Chaplain (Captain) William R. Hood, was in search of a new mission. Hood, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who had seen c
When Sergeant Major Brian Warren recently spoke to a group of officers about how to best support new soldiers and the importance of noncommissioned officer evaluations, his words were translated into Amharic -- the language of Ethiopia.
Warren, U.S. Army Africa's communications sergeant major, was one of several senior enlisted leaders from U.S. Army Africa and U.S. Africa Command who spent time mentoring Ethiopia National Defence Force (ENDF) officers -- the core cadre of instruct