CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general attends Burundi Senior Command, Staff College graduation ceremony

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited Bujumbura, Burundi, July 18-20 to participate in the Burundi National Defence Force's (BNDF) Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) graduation.



By Senior Airman Codie Trimble U.S. Air Force CJTF-HOA Jul 23, 2019
View Gallery
fallback
Gallery contains 10 images

BUJUMBURA, Burundi - U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited Bujumbura, Burundi, July 18-20 to participate in the Burundi National Defence Force's (BNDF) Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) graduation.

The objective of the visit was to recognize the accomplishments the students made while attending the 45-week course. The Burundi SCSC was established in 2017 to meet the training requirements designated by the heads of state of East African Community countries.

During the graduation, Lt. Gen Prime Niyongabo, BNDF chief of defence, thanked CJTF-HOA for all of the personnel support and logistics provided to facilitate the class.

"I appreciate the work done by (CJTF-HOA) and the members of the college staff who worked night and day to give our student officers the most support," said Niyongabo. "The training provided to our students is of high importance."

The 28-person class, which included senior officers from the countries of Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, was the first taught entirely in English with the assistance of English language classes led by CJTF-HOA's 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, according to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Benjamin Kenion, CJTF-HOA liaison officer to Burundi.

While visiting the SCSC, Kriesel thanked the men and women of the allied militaries for their selfless service and reiterated the need to always adapt to an ever-changing military force.

"It is necessary to integrate the collective strengths and unique cultures as they are perishable; they must be cultivated," said Kriesel. "Each of us must display moral courage and always do what is right, regardless of the cost. All service members must call the profession of arms their own, from the most junior enlisted to our most senior leaders."

Kriesel also acknowledged the importance of maintaining a relationship with the BNDF and other East African Community countries.

"We are proud of the strong partnership we have formed with all of you and know that you and your colleagues will play a large role in your respective countries' future, including future peacekeeping and other humanitarian missions," said Kriesel.

Kriesel challenged the students to empower individual initiative by providing clear, concise and complete mission orders in a climate of mutual trust and understanding.

"Today, responsive and resilient service members are necessary in environments against adaptable, thinking adversaries who exploit opportunities at every turn," said Kriesel. "These challenges call for
leaders at the tactical level to exercise greater personal initiative vice relying on the decision-making of echelons well above the point of action."

During Kriesel's visit, he also met with the Minister of National Defence of Burundi, Emmanuel Ntahomvukiye, and Col. Cassien Ntacebera, commandant of the Burundi SCSC. Ntacebera hopes the partnership with members of CJTF-HOA will continue to further develop into a lasting alliance. 

"There is not a single country that can work in isolation," said Ntacebera. "We must make allies like you (CJTF-HOA) to achieve success in the future."
 

More in Media Room
Civil Affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22' in South Africa
More than 75% of people in Africa rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of this is made up of livestock such as chickens, cattle, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys. Without proper medical care, many of these animals will suffer from treatable diseases. The same can be said for domestic animals such as dogs and cats. For military veterinarians in Africa, part of their mission is to assist the local populace with the health of their animals and protect the public health from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and bilateral training exercise that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province July 11-27, 2022.
Read more
Civil Affairs improves herd health in East Africa
Members of Alpha company 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion collaborated with the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, and other volunteers, to conduct a Herd Health Veterinarian Engagement in the village of Chabelley, August 3-4, 2022.
Read more
U.S. service members take part in joint-force marksmanship competition in Kenya
CAMP SIMBA, Kenya – U.S. service members from the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), participated in a joint-force combined arms marksmanship competition July 20-25, 2022, at Camp Simba, Kenya. The event hosted 52 participants with individual and team competitions using multiple weapon systems. The matches simulated combat scenarios with competitors engaging targets from multiple distances and positions, with target transitioning, weapon manipulation, while combining all of those skills under the stress of time and accuracy.
Read more
More in Media Room
Civil Affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22' in South Africa
More than 75% of people in Africa rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of this is made up of livestock such as chickens, cattle, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys. Without proper medical care, many of these animals will suffer from treatable diseases. The same can be said for domestic animals such as dogs and cats. For military veterinarians in Africa, part of their mission is to assist the local populace with the health of their animals and protect the public health from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and bilateral training exercise that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province July 11-27, 2022.
Read more
Civil Affairs improves herd health in East Africa
Members of Alpha company 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion collaborated with the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, and other volunteers, to conduct a Herd Health Veterinarian Engagement in the village of Chabelley, August 3-4, 2022.
Read more
U.S. service members take part in joint-force marksmanship competition in Kenya
CAMP SIMBA, Kenya – U.S. service members from the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), participated in a joint-force combined arms marksmanship competition July 20-25, 2022, at Camp Simba, Kenya. The event hosted 52 participants with individual and team competitions using multiple weapon systems. The matches simulated combat scenarios with competitors engaging targets from multiple distances and positions, with target transitioning, weapon manipulation, while combining all of those skills under the stress of time and accuracy.
Read more
More in Media Room
Civil Affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22' in South Africa
More than 75% of people in Africa rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of this is made up of livestock such as chickens, cattle, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys. Without proper medical care, many of these animals will suffer from treatable diseases. The same can be said for domestic animals such as dogs and cats. For military veterinarians in Africa, part of their mission is to assist the local populace with the health of their animals and protect the public health from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and bilateral training exercise that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province July 11-27, 2022.
Read more
Civil Affairs improves herd health in East Africa
Members of Alpha company 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion collaborated with the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, and other volunteers, to conduct a Herd Health Veterinarian Engagement in the village of Chabelley, August 3-4, 2022.
Read more
U.S. service members take part in joint-force marksmanship competition in Kenya
CAMP SIMBA, Kenya – U.S. service members from the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Air Force, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), participated in a joint-force combined arms marksmanship competition July 20-25, 2022, at Camp Simba, Kenya. The event hosted 52 participants with individual and team competitions using multiple weapon systems. The matches simulated combat scenarios with competitors engaging targets from multiple distances and positions, with target transitioning, weapon manipulation, while combining all of those skills under the stress of time and accuracy.
Read more