Two million people died, four million were displaced and thousands fled civil war, but by faith and perseverance, one “lost boy” who is now an American Airman returns home.
As a young boy at the age of 5, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Deng Pour, a survivor of the 1983-2006 Sudanese civil war lived through many years of near starvation and genocide, but he never gave up.
His life was filled with gun fire and attacks and hiding from village to village to stay alive.
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
Four days after their official transfer of authority ceremony, U.S. Army Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's East Africa Response Force deployed for the first time since being established earlier this year.
The Soldiers loaded onto a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules on Dec. 14, 2013, and deployed to South Sudan supporting the U.S. Embassy’s ordered departure.
“When the 1/18th arrived in Djibouti, we stressed that they needed to be ready to
In the desert and off the waters of East Africa, service members never know what types of situations they will encounter.
U.S. Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, escape, (SERE) specialist, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Schmitz, gave first-hand working knowledge of how to survive missions and combat to Airmen with the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during desert and water survival training on the Djiboutian coastline, Dec. 6, 2013.
The training ensures the 3
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
“It’s definitely a big challenge--the whole thing is a big 11-day gut check,” are the words one Airman used to describe a French desert commando course run by the French military in a training area near here.
Oct. 6 to the 16 will be 11 days that U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Chad Warren, a photojournalist assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa public affairs office, won’t soon forget.
“Initially, I wanted to just do a story on this
When it comes to saving a life every second counts – the faster someone can be pulled from the elements the more likely the person will survive.
No matter how much someone trains, there are no guarantees conditions will be ideal when the call comes in and that’s why the members of an elite U.S. Air Force team constantly test their abilities.
These Airmen with the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, along with French soldiers conducted combined air-to-water qual
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
Anyone assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa knows the roads outside the Camp Lemonnier gates are treacherous. The streets are unlit, narrow and riddled with crater-sized potholes-one could only wonder how many accidents go unnoticed.
Recently, six Airmen assigned to the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron went beyond the call of duty to help in two separate vehicle accidents that were days apart.
When elite military units are forced to function on limited basic needs—food, shelter and water—something as simple as a hot meal and a cold drink can really lift one’s spirit.
That’s where the Airmen of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group food services team come in.
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jeffrey Shepard and Airmen 1st Class Zavier LeGrand and Christopher Morrison make up the team. Their job is to provide basic daily needs to many of the Combined Joint Task Force&nd
Eight soldiers and airmen from Kenya Defense Forces partnered with two Airman from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Public Affairs Office for a two-day, military-to military photojournalism workshop at the International Peace Support Training Center, Nairobi, Kenya, July 18-19, 2013.
The hands-on workshop, which enhances KDF capacities in the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), was the first of its kind between the two countries and shared best practices in photography sk
Controlling mosquito populations at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is more than a convenience — it is a vital health service provided by a team of medical specialists to protect camp and Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa personnel from the possible spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria.
"The program was created to gauge our risk posture and maintain operational readiness," said U.S. Air Force Capt. Dan Anderson, the camp's mosquito-control program director and a pu
A U.S. Air Force staff sergeant assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Contingency Contracting Office helped save a truck driver's life the afternoon of May 1 while en route to his assigned location on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and was recently awarded a Joint Service Achievement Medal.
"After completing a mission in nearby Kontali, I was driving back (to camp) with my team after our site visit," said Staff Sergeant Cameron Anderson. "As I drove up the hill and around
Airmen from the 1st Combat Communications Squadron at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, set up the Army Navy/Mobile, Special Type, Navigation Aid, AN/MSN-7, a mobile air traffic control tower, for the first time on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 14.
"We're bringing in a new capability to the U.S. Africa Command area of operations with the AN/MSN-7 mobile air traffic control tower for air traffic controllers to conduct air traffic operations on an air field and provide radio communications
Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 11, 2013, on his way to Afghanistan and met with service members to personally thank them for their service.
"The main thing I want to do is thank you," Carter said to about 150 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in Camp Lemonnier's recreation center. "We appreciate every day what you do here. It's incredibly important to our country; it's incredibly important to the world."
U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 22nd Airlift Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, Calif., delivered HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters Jan. 25, 2013 to be used by the U.S. Air Force 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron to perform personnel recovery in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. Prior to their arrival, U.S. Marines were a vital part of the PR mission. Marine Heavy Helicopter 464 Detachment A departed in February following a refueling flight with the Pave Hawks and a change of aut
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Commander, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 21-22, 2012, to meet with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leaders and Airmen.
While visiting, Breedlove hosted an Airman's call to discuss deployments and the CJTF-HOA mission.
"The first message from me is thank you for what you're doing here â? [and being] away from your families for the holidays," he said. "What you all have