Spotlight East Africa July 22, 2013

In this week's edition of Spotlight East Africa, CJTF-HOA soldiers and their Japanese counterparts conduct combined communications, MG Terry Ferrell shares his thoughts about the new CJTF-HOA mission and vision statements, and U.S. Army ROTC cadets visited CJTF-HOA to learn more about the mission here. Plus, shoutouts to family and friends back home. Tech. Sgt. Jon LaDue and Capt. Chris Sukach report.

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Army ROTC Cadets Visit Horn of Africa

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

CJTF-HOA Soldiers’ combatives craft warrior ethos of physical, mental strength

U.S. Army Spc. Rodney Drew’s body slapped down hard on the padded floor, reverberating throughout the room. Sparring with U.S. Army Pfc. Kurt Sikes, both Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment deployed with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), heisted and heaved one another, alternating control with each movement.

CJTF-HOA-hosted Army Ball brings together multi-branch, partner nation military family

Approximately 300 deployed U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, DoD civilians, as well as partner nations attended the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa 242nd Army Ball here June 17.

CJTF-HOA, Camp honor fallen SEAL with unconventional Memorial Day practice

Approximately 200 multinational military members and civilians commemorated Memorial Day by participating in a classic CrossFit challenge here, May 27.

153rd Cavalry Regiment holds Spur Ride in Djibouti, Africa

Twenty-eight U.S. Army Soldiers and one Air Force Airman participated in an Army traditional event, a Spur Ride, to earn their silver spurs, Oct. 21, 2016, at a nearby airfield in Djibouti.