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GULF OF ADEN, Djibouti - U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) give the "thumbs up" signal to a Marine crew chief after jumping out of a Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461  CH-53E helicopter during freefall swimmer deployment training May 9, 2009 in the Gulf of Aden. Once in the water, deploying team members give the signal to indicate they are OK and have not sustained injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Swafford Jr.)
GULF OF ADEN, Djibouti - U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) give the "thumbs up" signal to a Marine crew chief after jumping out of a Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 461 CH-53E helicopter during freefall swimmer deployment training May 9, 2009 in the Gulf of Aden. Once in the water, deploying team members give the signal to indicate they are OK and have not sustained injuries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Swafford Jr.)
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A joint approach to field sanitation

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines gathered to take part in a week-long Field Sanitation Team Training course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 13-17, 2017.

Joint SAR training tests interservice communications

Seventeen Sailors, from the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD), and 13 Airmen from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group conducted a joint search and recovery training exercise called “Neptune’s Falcon” in the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the coast of Djibouti, Dec. 20, 2013.

Although sister services work together daily at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy rarely train together. This exercise gave them a chance to tes

SERE Course keeps Airmen Proficient

In the desert and off the waters of East Africa, service members never know what types of situations they will encounter.

U.S. Air Force survival, evasion, resistance, escape, (SERE) specialist, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Schmitz, gave first-hand working knowledge of how to survive missions and combat to Airmen with the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron during desert and water survival training on the Djiboutian coastline, Dec. 6, 2013.

The training ensures the 3

French/U.S. Air Forces hone aerial combat skills

In the skies above Djibouti, members of the U.S. and French Air Forces joined together in an unlikely training scenario, pitting helicopters against fighter aircraft in a simulated hostile rescue situation.

Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter pilots here to conduct a combat exercise in which U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters recovered downed aircrew while being engaged by enemy

'Train Like You Fight': Coalition Exercise Preps PJs For Real-World Emergency

Many moving parts go into producing and executing an exercise and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, or PJs, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, put their skills to the test recently during a mass casualty exercise which began in Djibouti's Grand Bara Desert.

Mass Casualty Exercise 12-1, a U.S. and French crisis response exercise held Sept. 25, 2012, allowed CJTF-HOA's PJ team to work alongside the French armed forces, as well as their U.S.