Spotlight East Africa Aug. 5, 2013

In this edition of Spotlight East Africa, CJTF-HOA soldiers from the 1st Combined Arms Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment received their combat patches, MG Terry Ferrell shares his thoughts about being Forward Deployed and Forward Focused, and "Photos from the Horn" highlight a friendly game of basketball bringing U.S. service members and Djiboutians together. Plus, shout-outs to family and friends back home. Staff Sgt. Ashley Manz and Staff Sgt. Antoinette Gibson report.



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U.S. Marines strengthen Djiboutian Army by leading joint bilateral academy course in Africa

The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably one of the most revered institutions within the U.S. Department of Defense. So, when Combined Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) leadership recently welcomed members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) into the U.S. Marine Corps Corporals Course, it was a distinct honor.

U.S., Japanese, French, Italian militaries partner for first multilateral NEO exercise in Africa

Initiated by the Japanese military, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) supported a joint-nation noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise and training here, Sept. 29.