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U.S. Discussion Groups strengthen English language skills in Djibouti

10/15/2021
After three months of guided conversation, 25 participants completed the latest U.S.-led English Discussion Group (EDG), and attended a culmination celebration at the National Institute of Public Administration training center in Djibouti, Oct. 13, 2021. The conversations are designed to increase the participants' confidence and competency in the English language to help them in their professional lives.
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CJTF-HOA hosts inaugural Women in Security Symposium in Djibouti

9/30/2021
More than 30 women serving with Armed Forces Djibouti, Gendamerie, Republican Guard, National Police and Djiboutian Coast Guard joined U.S., Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Kenyan leaders for Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa's inaugural Women in Security Symposium in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Sept. 22, 2021.
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Air transportation specialists keep missions flowing in East Africa

9/27/2021
Air transportation specialists with the 475th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron (EABS) load cargo onto a C-130 Hercules on the flight line at Camp Simba, Kenya, Aug. 22, 2021. Air transportation specialists with the 475th EABS coordinated shipment of food, medical supplies and equipment between Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and Camp Simba. Air transportation specialists manage military aircraft cargo and passengers, ensuring bases worldwide are equipped with necessary resources to continue mission operations.
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Joint training sharpens Camp Simba medics’ skills

9/16/2021
U.S. Air Force Special Tactics Airmen from the Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron Africa conduct joint training exercises with 475th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron (EABS) medical personnel at Camp Simba, Kenya, Aug. 24, 2021. The 475th EABS medics received tactical vehicle training and practiced life-saving tactical combat casualty care techniques. Special Tactics Airmen and medics respond to medical emergencies worldwide, including deployed environments where immediate treatment and evacuation of patients is critical for survivability.
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U.S. Soldiers conduct Live-Fire Training in Djibouti, Africa

9/16/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers with Task Force Iron Gray, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducted a live-fire training exercise at the Djiboutian Range Complex, Djibouti, Aug. 24, 2021. Live-fire exercises validate a platoon’s proficiency to take command and control through reinforcing concepts like supporting fire, base of fire and synchronization of fires. CJTF-HOA, operating from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is a dynamic operational headquarters that ensures strategic partnership with Djibouti, responds to crises, supports operations and protects U.S. interests in East Africa in order to enhance regional stability and prosperity.
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U.S. service members attempt French Desert Commando Course in Djibouti

9/16/2021
U.S. service members with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa executed maneuver and blackout operations as part of the French Desert Commando Course (FDCC) at the Djiboutian Range Complex, Djibouti, Sept. 13, 2021. During FDCC, U.S. forces serve under a French battalion commander and are evaluated on mountain confidence, knot tying, night obstacle courses, aquatic obstacle courses and battle maneuver tactics. The U.S. and French regularly exchange expertise, ideas and tactics to become a more integrated combined force with the ability to respond to crises or threats in East Africa.
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Interpreter bridges cultural barriers between U.S. military and Djiboutian community

9/9/2021
Fatouma Omar Guedi is an interpreter for Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, Southern European Task Force – Africa. Fatouma speaks four languages fluently (English, Somali, Afar and French) and is learning more. Fatouma uses her knowledge to aid U.S. military humanitarian missions within Djibouti, Africa. The ability to overcome the language barrier between the U.S. and African partners is critical to building trust and goodwill between the U.S. and the Djiboutian community and governing officials. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Andrew Kobialka)
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U.S. military medical teams work to reach full vaccination goals in East Africa

8/27/2021
U.S. Army medical personnel with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) traveled to Camp Simba, Kenya, to administer COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with Department of Defense policy and guidance to help reduce the burden of COVID-19 in high-risk populations and simultaneously mitigate risk to military operations.
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U.S., French forces conduct joint combined arms live-fire exercise in Djibouti

8/18/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to various companies from Task Force Iron Gray, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and French Soldiers assigned to the 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (5e RIAOM) participated in a joint combined arms live-fire exercise at the Djiboutian Range Complex, Djibouti, Aug. 11, 2021.
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All Smiles: Civil Affairs Soldiers teach oral hygiene class in Djibouti

8/16/2021
On Aug. 11, 2021, U.S. Army Sgt. Stovall Volanta, a dental hygienist with the functional specialty team, and her team partnered with teachers with the Association des Femmes de We’a to conduct an oral hygiene class for Djiboutian schoolchildren. The class is part of the Department of Defense’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) initiative, which aims to promote the safety, equality and meaningful contributions of women around the world, and positively affect local community organizations while enriching foreign relationships.
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PERSCO team at Camp Lemonnier supports East Africa

7/9/2021
The PERSCO team at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, supports all Airmen in East Africa by maintaining total force accountability.
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U.S. Army Civil Affairs works to empower women in Djibouti

7/6/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers with the Civil Affairs East Africa (CA-EA) functional specialty team as well as Soldiers assigned to the 404th CA-EA battalion, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), completed their final lessons of first aid and English at Solidarte Feminine July 1, 2021, in Djibouti City, Djibouti.
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82 ERQS conducts water rescue training with French partners

7/2/2021
The 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and French forces responded to a simulated anti-piracy scenario, honing maritime rescue procedures and enhancing partner capabilities.
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Task Force Iron Gray supports Special Olympics

6/25/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers with Task Force Iron Gray, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), run a 5K in support of the Special Olympics at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 25, 2021. The Soldiers hosted the run to show support of their Law Enforcement members stateside that have held a Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in Connecticut for the past 35 years.
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U.S., Niger Forces Conduct Joint Mortar Training Event

6/15/2021
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Djiboutian Army commander appoints newly promoted U.S. Army Major as elder

6/11/2021
U.S. Army Capt. Steven Kornegay, a team leader with the 2nd Security Forces Assistance Brigade, was promoted to the rank of major by Djiboutian Army Lt. Col. Mohamed Assoweh, the commander of the Battalion Intervention Rapide.
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Airfield operations brings order to down-range airstrip

6/8/2021
When the Soldiers of the 2-111th Airfield Operations Battalion (AOB) found out they were deploying to Manda Bay Airstrip, Kenya, a recently reactivated camp, they knew there would be a lot of work to be done. Since arriving, the Soldiers of the 2-111th AOB, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), have worked diligently to ensure the aircraft that fly in and out of Manda Bay Airstrip do so in a safe and efficient airfield.
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U.S., French Forces collaborate in multiple joint live fire exercises

6/7/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers from various companies assigned to Task Force Iron Gray, in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and French Forces assigned to 5e Overseas Interarms Regiment (RIAOM) participated in a joint mortar live fire exercise at the Djiboutian Range Complex, Djibouti, May 25, 2021.
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Civil Affairs soldiers conduct English discussion groups in Djibouti

6/1/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers with Civil Affairs East Africa (CA-EA), a forward deployed element of Southern European Task Force - Africa (SETAF-AF) in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), participated in information exchanges called English discussion groups (EDG) at schools and learning centers in Djibouti. Civil Affairs soldiers helped create an environment that encourages continued learning and potential economic growth in the local populace.
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U.S., French forces coordinate in mass casualty exercise

6/1/2021
Members of the 776th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron conducted a combined medical evacuation exercise with French Allies on Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, May 31, 2021. The exercise helped streamline patient transport operations with partner forces from Chabelley Airfield to Camp Lemonnier.
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