U.S. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Tim Greer, left, medical department head for Coastal Riverine Squadron-1 Forward, meets with his brother, Capt. Christopher Greer, staff judge advocate, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, 11 Feb. 2020. The Greer brothers are from Wilmington, Delaware, and were deployed with each other for about eight months. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brok McCarthy) Deployed siblings reunite halfway around the world While military members are often familiar with leaving their family behind for an extended amount of time, two brothers found themselves closer than they had been in 20 years during their recent deployment to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Greer, staff judge advocate for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and Chief Hospital Corpsman (HMC) Tim Greer, medical department head for Coastal Riverine Squadron 1-Forward, reunited halfway around the world for nearly eight months during their overlapping deployments. Read more >
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s (CJTF-HOA) medical logistics Soldiers processed blood for the first time with the command’s brand-new, and only, blood storage and distribution center. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa stands up East Africa’s first blood storage and distribution center Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s (CJTF-HOA) medical logistics Soldiers processed blood for the first time with the command’s brand-new, and only, blood storage and distribution center. Read more >
U.S. Navy Aerographer’s Mate 1st Class Shyatesa Hall, meteorological and oceanographic operations forecaster, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, observes weather information on a Tactical Meteorological Observing System (TMQ-53) at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 3, 2020. The Meteorological and Oceanographic Center is responsible for analyzing weather conditions, assessing their potential impacts, and informing decision-makers of the possible effects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dylan Murakami) Sailor predicts weather, ensures operational safety While most people know what to expect with weather in Djibouti, it takes an expert to predict when it will vary. These variations from typical weather patterns are what have the largest impact, so it is imperative to know when they are coming and what to expect. Prior to the execution of any given mission, it is important that Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) key personnel understand and assess the potential weather-induced risks involved. Read more >
U.S. Navy Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Kristy Lescrynski, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), air traffic control training chief, left, directs an aircraft into takeoff position at Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport, March 17, 2020. Prior to the implementation of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety guidelines, Lescrynski worked in Ambouli’s tower to coordinate with host nation and coalition partners to ensure smooth air and ground operations at the airport. Since social distancing was implemented, U.S. controllers work out of a watch tower elsewhere on the flight line and maintain contact with Ambouli using alternate communication methods. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Gage Daniel) Air Traffic Control: Stoplight for the Sky CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI— Air Traffic Control is an around-the-clock job, and those in the career field need to maintain flexibility to continue the mission, no matter what’s going on in the rest of the world. Read more >
U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Shadonika Crawford, equal opportunity advisor for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), photographed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Mar. 16, 2020. Crawford began her career as a signal soldier, transitioned to work in finance, and was selected to work in equal opportunity as a broadening assignment. Crawford is currently the highest ranking senior enlisted female in CJTF-HOA and has 29 years of service in the Army Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ashley Nicole Taylor) Sgt. Maj. Shadonika Crawford: The road to the one percent Growing up a military brat, U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Shadonika Crawford, equal opportunity advisor for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), never saw herself as the type to join the military, let alone being a sergeant major in the U.S. Army Reserve 29 years later. Currently the highest ranking enlisted female within CJTF-HOA, Crawford became part of the one percent of military enlisted members in Jan. 2019, but she originally thought the military would be a temporary part of her life. Read more >

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