U.S., Japanese forces talk tactics for evacuation operations
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of AfricaPublic Affairs
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.
Within hours of being notified, CJTF-HOA’s East Africa Response Force prepared dozens of Soldiers and tons of supplies for takeoff during an emergency response exercise, validating the EARF’s rapid response capabilities.
U.S. military and Department of State representatives assembled at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, for the annual East Africa Security Synchronization Conference to synchronize and prioritize activities in East Africa.
The table-top exercise focused on supporting Japanese military forces in the event of a necessary evacuation of Americans or Japanese citizens from a hostile location in Africa. During the multi-day exercise, both forces discussed route planning, logistics, equipment maintenance, how military personnel would be involved, medical support and use of air and ground transportation for evacuees. The plans also examined their strengths and weaknesses and reassessed the movement of evacuees to safety.
CJTF-HOA planned and executed the validation after the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, or Task Force Hurricane, from Miami, Fla., assumed responsibility of the EARF mission from the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, or Task Force Seminoles, who will return to Orlando, Fla.