Army Command Sgt. Maj. Darrin Bohn, senior enlisted leader for U.S. Africa Command, made his first official visit to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, this week. U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, CJTF-HOA senior enlisted leader, hosted Bohn during his site visit which included touring CJTF-HOA facilities, mission briefings and meetings with HOA enlisted personnel and commanders.
"These types of visits are important so we can get the pulse of service members," Bohn said
Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 16-18, as part of his first trip to Africa less than 2 weeks after taking command.
Rodriguez, who took command of U.S. AFRICOM April 5, met with deployed troops and presided over the assumption of command ceremony for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.
"I appreciate everything you're doing. This is the only place we have an enduring base on the African continent, so C
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Terry R. Ferrell assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa during a ceremony here presided by the U.S. Africa Command commander April 18, 2013.
"I'm extremely proud of the accomplishments and dedication of the men and women of the Combined Joint Task Force - an outstanding organization that deserves an outstanding leader," said U.S. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, USAFRICOM commander, during the ceremony.
"I know Brig. Gen. Te
General David M. Rodriguez assumed command of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) from General Carter F. Ham Friday, April 5.
Rodriguez is AFRICOM's third commander since the command was established in 2008 to coordinate U.S. military relations and activities with African nations, regional organizations, and the African Union. General Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presided over the ceremony.
"(General Rodriguez) is one of our nation's most highly
Lieutenant Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, the Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, hosted an all-hands call March 8, 2013, for Army Reservists at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
Talley began the event by expressing his appreciation for Reservists' service and then opened the floor to the more than 100 Soldiers in attendance for questions.
"Thank you for your service to our nation, to our Army, to our joint force here in AFRICOM and the command within
Five service members from U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, partnered with the year-old Sudan People's Liberation Army, or SPLA, Aug. 22 to Sept. 7, 2012, to instruct 18 SPLA Soldiers.
This marks the third Humanitarian Mine Action, or HMA, military-to-military training engagement between AFRICOM and the SPLA, during which HMA explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, and tactical casualty combat care, or TCCC, train-the-trainer courses were held with a simple mission focus.
More than 20 military chaplains from U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, and nine East African countries joined together Sept. 19 to 21, 2012, for the third annual AFRICOM-sponsored African Military Chaplain Conference in Djibouti City, Djibouti.
The purpose of the gathering, as the year's theme included, was to partner, collaborate and minister with one another to help improve the chaplain corps' ability to better serve its
U.S. Africa Command hosted seven coalition liaison officers (CLOs) assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti for a two-day visit to the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, August 1-2, 2012.
The CLOs' visit, which is the third of its kind since the inception of the command, aimed to build relationships and enabled the officers to become more acquainted with the AFRICOM mission.
The multinational cooperation office of AFRICOM
U.S. soldiers attached to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) have recently supported a series of missions to exchange soldiering skills with their Rwandan Defense Force (RDF) counterparts and fellow partner nation members June 30, 2001, in Gako, Rwanda.
The U.S. soldiers, assigned to the 1st Battalion 161st Field Artillery (1-161 FA), a Kansas Army National Guard unit, provided their expertise and advice if requested, said U.S. Army Major Michael McCoy, a mission comma
More than 35 Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) service members climbed aboard two CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopters on May 30, 2011, Memorial Day, and traveled to some of Djibouti's most remote regions to honor CJTF-HOA members who lost their lives in two separate aircraft accidents.
This memorial flight, as it has come to be known, held a considerable level of importance for one of the passengers, U.S. Air Force Chaplain (Captain) Aaron Klaves, who led the join
Saturday mornings are filled with all the commotion one would rightfully expect on a forward-deployed military installation, and while most service members here have reported for duty, a select few may have the luxury of slumbering through the chronic high temperature of the typical Djibouti morning.
Not so, however, for the camp’s Community Assistance Volunteers who braved the pestiferous heat and begin their weekend at 7:30 a.m., Saturday, when they boarded a bus for the nearby Atta
Four Kenyan Defense Force sergeant majors, representing their Army, Navy and Air Force, visited the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, March 14 through March 16, 2011, to gain a better understanding of American noncommissioned officer leadership style.
The visit came after comments made at the United States Africa Command change of command ceremony, March 9, in Stuttgart, Germany, where new U.S. AFRICOM Commander, U.S. Army General Carter F. Ham remarked on the importance of ha
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti, Dec 24, 2010 —
Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Mark S. Ripka, U.S. Africa Command's (U.S. AFRICOM) senior enlisted leader, personally recognized several Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 74 during a visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti December 20-24.
Ripka met with many sailors, soldiers, airmen and Marines attached to Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF)-HOA during his trip, including the Seabees of NMCB 74.
“I always make time
The Tanzanian People's Defence Force (TPDF) held a dedication November 23, 2010 to accept two 27-foot defender class boats at the Tanzanian Navy Base in Kigamboni, Tanzania.
The boats were presented by Rear Admiral Brian Losey, Commander Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, on behalf of the American people and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).
The dedication ceremony highlighted the continuing partnership between the U.S. and Tanzanian militaries.
"On behalf of the
Despite a busy four-day, three-country trip through Africa with engagements day and night, General William "Kip" Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, set time aside to attend an important Muslim tradition during Ramadan -- an iftar on Camp Lemonnier August 20, 2010.
Hosted by coalition officers of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the iftar, which translates to “dinner” in English, was attended by numerous African, Middle Eastern, Asian and European diplomats and military of
A team of civilian specialists is enhancing military operations in East Africa by providing their insights in support of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) mission.
The Socio-Cultural Research and Advisory Team (SCRAT) is based at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to promote better understanding of the diverse ethnic and cultural environments found in East Africa. They add their collective regional experience into CJTF-HOA's operatio
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
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
The United States has “no desire to Americanize the conflict in Somalia” and "does not plan, does not direct, and does not coordinate the military operations" of Somalia's Transitional Federal Government, Ambassador Johnnie Carson, U.S. envoy to Africa, told reporters March 12, 2010, in Washington, D.C.
Also, U.S. Africa Command officials said they are not in Somalia and are not providing training or direct support for Somali government forces. U.S. AFRICOM support consists of tr
In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 9, 2010, the commander of U.S. Africa Command provided an overview of the strategic environment in Africa, explained U.S. AFRICOM's strategic approach, and showed how security cooperation efforts promote stability in support of U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives.
General William "Kip" Ward testified before Congress as part of an annual requirement for regional military commanders. He testified be
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.
Camp Lemonnier held the first-ever Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Summit Conference, January 21-23, 2010.
The conference, sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), gave military leaders a unique opportunity to listen to innovative strategies, technologies and future plans for the African region.
"This conference is the first of its kind for the Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa," said U.S. Air Force Colonel William Lewi
U.S. Army General William "Kip" Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, visited Camp Lemonnier, January 26, 2010, to send off the outgoing U.S. Navy core staff and speak with the 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army National Guard.
"I wanted to come and show my appreciation to the departing staff," said Ward. "They've done exceptional work in moving ahead the mission of the task force, as well as combating (violent extremism) in this part of the region."