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
In recent history, the waters off the coast of East Africa have been dangerous for maritime operations and travel because of the prevalence of piracy in the area. Though much of the threat has been eliminated by diligent efforts of NATO forces in the area, there is still a viable threat to ships bringing vital supplies into Djibouti.
Members of the U.S. Navy, Army and Coast Guard stationed at Camp Lemonnier work in tandem with the Djibouti Coast Guard and Navy to provide security to
Watching the morning news and catching the weather is as routine as drinking a cup of coffee. Sunny with mild temperatures is desirable, but what about forecasting the ocean? While it may not be important to people back home, for members of Combine Joint Task Force â? Horn of Africa, it directly affects missions within the region.
To collect this information, the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with U.S. Navy Sailors assigned to the meteorology oceanographic section to de
After five years assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the Maritime Civil Affairs Unit left recently and because of the changing mission for civil affairs here, they will not be replaced with another maritime unit.
"We used to do a wide scope of humanitarian assistance and humanitarian civic assistance, but we don't really do that anymore," said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Arthur Prevatte, officer in charge of the unit. "We are now narrowing the focus towards military-to-milit
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
The first of its kind, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's forward command post gives U.S. Africa Command and CJTF-HOA an eyes-on capability that amplifies the ability to rapidly respond to a crisis or humanitarian incident in Africa.
"Our mission is to effectively counter violent extremists in Somalia and East Africa," said U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Robert Hunter, CJTF-HOA Operations, Planning and Training operations chief. "The FCP lets us get critical information to
It's no secret personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa work under extreme heat conditions during July and August, typically the hottest months of the year. Often little understood are the preventative heat-safety measures in place that can be a matter of life or death.
"You have to be safe and avoid heat injuries because these types of injuries can have a long-term effect on your life," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alberto
More than 150 members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier honored men and women who died in U.S. Armed Forces service during a Memorial Day Flag Relay from 8 p.m. May 26 to 8 a.m. May 27 here.
“We remember those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” said U.S. Navy Chaplain (Capt.) Phillip Lee, Jr., CJTF-HOA religious affairs. “We created a window of about 12 hours with 15-minute increments, running one and a half mile relays.”
Burundi National Defense Force soldiers recently shared 10 weeks of pre-deployment training with the U.S. Marines and U.S. Navy assigned to Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Africa 13, near the 110 Brigade Compound here.
The purpose of the training was to enhance Burundian security capabilities for their upcoming Somalia deployment said Cpl. Jeffery Haggard, SP-MAGTF Africa 13.
Since 2007, the BNDF have deployed forces in support of the African Union Mission in Somalia.
U.S. Navy Chaplain (Lieutenant) Phil Lieberman visited Jewish service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier in preparation for Passover, the feast that celebrates the Jewish people's liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. Lieberman first performed a service March 22, 2013, observing Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. The following day he taught a class about Seder, which is a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of Passover.
U.S. Navy Sailors from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six led a Humanitarian Mine Action Train the Trainer Program with Kenyan Army EOD Combat Engineers Jan. 15 to Feb. 5, 2013, at the Humanitarian Peace Support School, Nairobi, Kenya.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen Kenya's institutional capabilities by training future instructors so they can instruct other members from their respective units in the knowledge they learned.
"We have been having proble
"Be advised we've got two contacts inbound," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Ronga, the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 3, or MSRON 3, alpha team patrol leader, as he radioed to one of his watch teams to take note of an approaching civilian boat during a ship escort Oct. 5, 2012, in the Port of Djibouti, Djibouti.
"Today we're escorting a ship into port," Ronga said. "That's our job out here - provide security for the ship. We risk our lives to make s
Nine U.S. service members and more than 200 Djiboutians gathered together Oct. 11, 2012, during a Noural-Imam Institute graduation ceremony to recognize 80 student for successfully completing their English programs.
"English is not an easy language to learn [and only] 82 percent of Americans over five years of age speak only English fluently. This means that only 18 percent of American's speak more than one language," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Colter Menke, Camp Lemonnier's Engl
"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,
A graduation was held at the Horsed Private School of English, Sept. 10, 2012, in Djibouti City, Djibouti, to honor 17 Djiboutian students who completed the four-year English Language Course.
"Today's ceremony is the well-deserved recognition of years of hard work for these students in completing their English Language Course," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Colter Menke, English Discussion Group, or EDG, program facilitator for Camp Lemonnier personnel.
The school, whi
U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel at Camp Lemonnier integrated their security forces into one cohesive unit July 1.
The overall purpose of this integration was to enhance security efforts on camp. Before the integration, the two branches had separate areas of security responsibility, which presented a few challenges.
U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Lee, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, mentioned lack of communication and coordination between security elements and overlapping zone
Caleb Otino, a local member of the Kenyan Red Cross, said that many of his friends have perished in the Kenyan coastal waters while fishing. His reason behind the loss of life: lack of water survival training. Otino said he wanted to change this.
Otino and other Local Kenyans are recent graduates of the Basic Sea Survival Train-the-Trainer Course, a program facilitated by U.S. Navy Maritime Civil Affairs Team 112, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, to help people better prepare
Djiboutian naval personnel and sailors from three U.S. Navy organizations participated in Visit, Board, Search and Seizure training here May 7-31.
This reflected a joint venture with the Djiboutian navy, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, U.S. Naval Forces Africa and Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command - Security Force Assistance section, and was sponsored by Africa Partnership Station, said U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Smiley, CJTF-HOA maritime coordination offi
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Rob Baker assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa here May 26.
Baker, who comes to CJTF-HOA after having served at the Pentagon as Director for Joint Force Development, Joint Staff, relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Michael Franken. U.S. Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony.
Ham said that Baker is the right officer to lead the task force and is confident that he will sustain and enhance diplomatic r
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
A photo essay by U.S. Navy Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (EXW) Maria R. Escamilla.