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
U.S. Soldiers with 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, transferred authority to the “Vanguards” of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment in an outdoor ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 14, 2013.
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, presided over the ceremony.
“(The 1/63rd Soldiers) have set a
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.
A vehicle accident can happen in the blink of an eye, and for eight U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, they were in the right place at the right time to help save a man’s life.
Oct. 12, 2013, was a quiet afternoon, when four members of the team were returning from a trip to a local village. As they came around a curve in the road, they saw an overturned vehicle with people surrounding it.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Manuel DeLaRosa, the team se
The Dragons of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division accomplished another “first” in U.S. Army history.
The 1-63rd CAB. which was the first active Army battalion to conduct the Regionally Aligned Forces initiative in Africa, also became the first unit to conduct and Expert Infantryman Badge qualification in the Horn of Africa.
Despite the unit’s high operations tempo and hefty training
Six U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from Alpha Company, 415th Civil Affairs Battalion, each received an Army Commendation Medal, Aug. 20, 2013, for their quick response to an accident scene, near Oheah, Djibouti, earlier this year.
The Soldiers were in two vehicles driving up a hill when they came across a pickup and semitruck that collided, said U.S. Army Spc. Jessica Wood, one of the award recipients.
"When we pulled up to the scene, there were several females with blood on thei
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4, transferred authority to NMCB 11, from Gulfport, Miss., during a ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
U.S. Army MG Terry Ferrell, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, praised NMCB 4 for their "awe-inspiring" contributions to CJTF-HOA, U.S. Africa Command and the African continent. He went on to commend the Seabees flawless transition from performing humanitarian missions to operational missions directly contributing to the
As part of a recent Regionally Aligned Forces (RAF) deployment drill, members of the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division setup their mobile command post and put their Soldiers to the test here July 29-31, 2013.
RAF is a U.S. Army initiative providing combatant commanders rapidly deployable forces, which can relocate anywhere in the world at moment's notice. The 1-63rd CAB is regionally aligned with Africa, specific
After 150 days in scorching temperatures, hammers, shovels, and saws are put away and Combined Joint Task Forceeâ?Horn of Africa Seabees and leaders finally paused to reflect on numerous accomplishments.
Seabees of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 4 received a Flag Letter of Commendation recently during an awards ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 20, 2013. NMCB 4, deployed from Port Hueneme, Calif., were presented the FLOC, by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, CJTF
About 350 U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, out of Fort Riley, Kan., known as the Dragon Battalion, received their combat patch during the ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, July 27, 2013.
"Today marks a unique day for many of you in this formation," said U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, commanding general for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. "Some of us, and many in this forma
Editor's note: The following information was modified from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Annual History Report, Command Year 2012 - 2013, written by U.S. Army Col. Neil C. Glad, CJTFF-HOA Command Historian.
Like most military command's insignias, the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's distinctive crest pays homage to proud military rich traditions and history. In fact, the CJTF-HOA insignia traces its roots to both WWIII-era American and cen
A contingent of U.S. Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadets met with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa personnel to learn about its operations in East Africa during a visit at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 6-8, 2013.
The visit kicks off a four-nation tour that will give the cadets, assigned with U.S. Army Africa, opportunities to discuss policies with key U.S. and foreign military leaders, observe civilian and military operations, and chances to help build partnerships
Soldiers from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion Djibouti Team, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and more than a dozen local merchants met at a local primary school June 23, 2013, where they prepped for an upcoming Djiboutian bazaar on Camp Lemonnier.
"The merchants are here to learn not only rules and procedures, but also how Americans shop so they can understand and relate to their customers," said U.S. Army Capt. Jeffrey Moye, 411th CABN Djibouti Team le
Six Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard's 2-138th Forward Support Company assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, recently shared best entry control point practices with La Force Armee de Djibouti (FAD) at FAD Poste de Loyada, near the Somalia border.
"This event is about strengthening our partner nation's capability and capacities," said U.S. Army Maj. Michael Woodson, 2-138th Field Artillery Regiment military-to-military coordinator. "We're
A bilateral venture between doctors from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's and Djibouti Armed Forces Health Services recently provided dozens of civilian patients long-awaited eye examinations here.
U.S. Army Col. (Dr.) Richard Birdsong, a CJTF-HOA health surgeon who specializes in ophthalmology, conducted an eye examination clinic after discovering at a meeting in February that doctors from DJAF Health Services had at least f
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
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