About the Command
Who we are:
CJTF-HOA was established in response to 9/11 events. The command was
initiated as an expeditionary sea mission aboard the USS Mount Whitney
during 2002. CJTF-HOA moved ashore and established its base on Camp
Lemonnier, Djibouti, in 2003.
First formed as part of U.S. Central Command, the command was transferred to
U.S. Africa Command upon its formation.
In 2013, following the attack on the Embassy in Benghazi, CJTF-HOA was
tasked to aid the State Department during emergency crisis.
Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa is comprised of multiple U.S. armed services branches, coupled with foreign armed service personnel from various allied and partner nations. We work alongside our allies and partners to counter transnational threats. Our command works against malign actors to strengthen our collective security forces and respond to crises to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.