Seventeen Sailors, from the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD), and 13 Airmen from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group conducted a joint search and recovery training exercise called “Neptune’s Falcon” in the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the coast of Djibouti, Dec. 20, 2013.
Although sister services work together daily at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy rarely train together. This exercise gave them a chance to tes
Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, conducted a mass casualty exercise to test the base's capabilities in the event of an emergency, Nov. 20, 2013.
"Our goals are to test our ability to react to multiple disasters simultaneously and the response," said U.S. Navy Capt. Rom Stevens, Surgeon for Combined Joint Task Force.
Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians joined together to provide eme
U.S. Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa tested their rapid response capability during an exercise here recently.
The East Africa Response Force conducted an embassy response exercise to hone their skills of quickly reacting to a threat facing a U.S. Embassy in the region. It is comprised of members from the U.S. Army’s 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Marines and Sailors with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13 are conducting a 10-week predeployment exercise currently under way with Burundi National Defense Force soldiers to prepare them for assignments in Somalia.
The purpose of the exercise is to strengthen Burundian soldiers’ security capabilities. Burundi supplies troops to the African Union Mission in Somalia, a regional peacekeeping mission, and supports Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's mission
U.S. Navy explosive ordnance disposal technicians from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Burundi National Defense Force combat engineers conducted a Humanitarian Mine Action exercise in Bujumbura, Burundi, Aug. 5-23, 2013.
The exchange allowed the service members an opportunity to share best practices and gain a better understanding of how to conduct unexploded ordnance reconnaissance, basic demolition procedures, rigging for remote movement, and safe-handling and storage pro
In the skies above Djibouti, members of the U.S. and French Air Forces joined together in an unlikely training scenario, pitting helicopters against fighter aircraft in a simulated hostile rescue situation.
Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter pilots here to conduct a combat exercise in which U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters recovered downed aircrew while being engaged by enemy
During emergencies, the importance of an effective and reliable communication system between Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and partner nations is essential. Recognizing this need, American and Japanese service members conducted a successful radio exercise at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 5, 2013 to ensure an alternative communication system is available in the event of manmade or natural disasters.
Historically, land and cellular telephone networks do not survive disasters w
Soldiers from the 2/138th Field Artillery Regiment, supporting the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa mission, took advantage of an opportunity to hone their medical first responder skills with members from the Djibouti Armed Forces-Artillery Regiment here recently.
Overall, the exercise was designed to share best practices about emergency medicine, triage, stabilization and evacuation. The participating Soldiers, Sergeant Tiffany Anestis and Spc. Eric Gipson, shared their knowle
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa conducted a joint training exercise with French forces during which two simulated aircraft crashes prompted rescue efforts both on land and sea in Djibouti Jan. 16, 2013.
The exercise was one of many periodic training opportunities accomplished throughout the year to maintain proficiency and improve the personnel recovery capability here. Their objective: dispatch rescue parties in a timely and efficient manner after receiving the distress cal
French Marines from the 93rd Expeditionary Mountain Artillery Regiment, worked with members of the Kentucky National guard during a multi-lateral training exercise in the Grand Bara desert, Dec. 10, 2012. During Exercise Amitie, CJTF-HOA Members helped strengthen the relationship and increase interoperability between the French, U.S. and Djiboutian militaries.
U.S. Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air–Ground Task Force 13.1, Marine Forces Africa, conducted a bilateral exercise with the Seychelles People's Defense Force Tazar Special Forces unit at Sans Souci, Seychelles, Dec. 3–7, 2012.
The Marines partnered with the SPDF Tazar Special Forces to develop counter–piracy skills and set the foundation for future engagements, supporting the Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa vision of being the security part
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
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members assigned to the 81st and 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons recently completed a week-long joint military training engagement alongside the Seychelles Air Force and Coast Guard where best medical and search and rescue operations practices were shared.
The event was divided into several classroom learning sessions and culminated with a joint training exercise that offered all attendees an opportunity to use the skills they'd l
The Djibouti Navy welcomed seven other East Africa countries' naval forces to Djibouti City, Djibouti, to participate in the second annual Cutlass Express exercise held Nov. 1 to 8, 2012.
"We are very happy to see these people coming to Djibouti," said Djibouti Navy Lieutenant Ali Elmi, an operations officer. "We're very glad to host this exercise. It is a good opportunity to improve our capacity and capabilities."
The maritime interdiction exercise included sailors from D
Sailors and civilian maritime professionals from eight nations officially kicked-off exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 (CE12-2) during pre-sail conferences in Djibouti, Djibouti; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Nov. 1.
This year's week-long exercise, being conducted for the second time since its inception last year, is part of the larger Express Series exercises and is designed to advance East African maritime relationships and address mutual security issues.
Many moving parts go into producing and executing an exercise and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, or PJs, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, put their skills to the test recently during a mass casualty exercise which began in Djibouti's Grand Bara Desert.
Mass Casualty Exercise 12-1, a U.S. and French crisis response exercise held Sept. 25, 2012, allowed CJTF-HOA's PJ team to work alongside the French armed forces, as well as their U.S.
"Attention in the JOC, this is an exercise, exercise, exercise emergency ...," began U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Scott Hodge, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, joint operations center team chief, after his watch officer, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Neihart, informed him of an exercise emergency phone call he received from someone in the Grand Bara Desert.
French and U.S. service members teamed Sept. 25, 2012, during Mass Casualty, or MASCAL,
Nineteen Kenyan Army engineers from multiple units finished a five-day civil affairs field training exercise at the Amani Peace Operations Training Village in Embakasi, Kenya, October 21.
The soldiers participated in a series of scenarios designed and implemented by an instruction team made up of seven engineers from the Kenyan Army and facilitated by five U.S. Army soldiers from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion attached to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. The exercise cove
African and partner nation military representatives assembled at the African Union (AU) here to launch operations at the newly established Peace Support Operations Centre (PSOC). Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) provided assistance in creating the center and worked with the local staff to help begin actual PSOC operations this month.
Officials put the new operations center through exercise paces in conjunction with African Endeavor 2011 (AE11), a multi-national comman
A joint training exercise in the Grand Bara desert June 16, 2011 demonstrated the ability of U.S. military assets based at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to quickly locate and recover personnel from downed aircraft or other emergencies.
Servicemembers from each branch of the U.S. military worked together to recover six victims of a simulated airplane crash in a remote part of Djibouti - a scenario that could present itself at any time with dire consequences for an unprepared team.