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Department of State and Defense officials meet for 2022 East African Security Forum

5/13/2022
More than 50 US government interagency officials working in more than 10 countries throughout East Africa met together at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti for the 2022 East Africa Security Forum May 11, 2022. The forum provided a face-to-face platform for representatives with the U.S. State Department, Department of Defense, the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and the National Security Council. The discussions ranged from overarching long-term strategy to specific security threats in the region.
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US military, Djiboutians champion Women, Peace and Security at co-hosted event

5/10/2022
U.S. leadership with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) co-hosted a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) workshop with the Djiboutian Ministry of Women and Family at the Palace Kempinski, Djibouti, May 8, 2022. The participating parties, including members of the Djiboutian Ministry of Women and Family, CJTF-HOA, and U.S. Embassy Djibouti, used the venue to initiate an update to Djibouti’s WPS National Action Plan (NAP). The NAP serves as a binding document for integration of WPS principles, including how they will be prioritized and governed within Djibouti.
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CJTF-HOA continues supporting WPS

4/29/2022
Two members of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa attended the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) 100-level course April 12-14, 2022. Sponsored by United States Africa Command, the course generated unit-level gender focal points who can ultimately assist with command-level gender and security decisions.
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Tropical medicine course brings together allied, U.S. medical professionals in Djibouti

3/23/2022
The Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa surgeon cell hosted partners and other U.S. military medical professionals during a Military Tropical Medicine Course (MTMC) here March 1-3, 2022. The course provided participants with the most recent knowledge and skills to address infectious and communicable diseases commonly found in East Africa.
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CA Soldiers, Djiboutians work together to treat livestock

3/23/2022
U.S. Army Civil Affairs East Africa Soldiers partnered with the Djiboutian Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries to conduct a veterinary civic action program (VETCAP) March 16, 2022, in a small Djiboutian village, Hindi. The team treated the goats and sheep for intestinal parasites and gave them a multivitamin injection, oral de-wormer and sprayed them for ecto-parasites. Additionally, animals with infections or upper respiratory diseases were treated with the appropriate antibiotics, ticks were collected for disease surveillance testing and stool samples were taken for intestinal parasite testing.
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U.S. joins in French-led Exercise WAKRI 22

3/22/2022
French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ), alongside U.S. service members with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and units from Camp Lemonnier, participated in the French-led Exercise WAKRI 22, March 13-15, 2022.
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U.S. Soldiers experience “life-changing” milestone in Africa

3/19/2022
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U.S. Navy participates in French-led Exercise WAKRI in Djibouti

3/18/2022
U.S. Navy Reserve members with the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 10 (MSRON 10), Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, participated in the French-led Joint Exercise WAKRI with members of the French Armed Forces at Port Djibouti, Djibouti, March 13, 2022. French-U.S. partnership during the exercise demonstrates Allied interoperability capabilities in austere and complex locations.
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East Africa Response Force hones skills in Kenya

3/15/2022
U.S. service members assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), a crisis response asset of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducted an Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) alongside Kenyan Defense Force members with the Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) and Marine Security Augmentation Unit (MSAU) members in Nairobi, Kenya, Feb. 25, 2022. The EDREs ensure the CJTF-HOA is prepared for any contingency, including crisis response, humanitarian assistance, non-combatant evacuation operations, disaster relief operations, support to U.S. embassies, recovery capabilities of aircraft and personnel, and other missions as directed.
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U.S. service members share dental hygiene tips at local orphanage

3/15/2022
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) and U.S. Marines with with the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161 (VMM-161) volunteered to teach children oral hygiene basics at Caritas Orphanage, Djibouti, March 7, 2022. The oral hygiene course consisted of brushing and flossing teeth, identifying cephalic body parts and learning basic oral hygiene practices.
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CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonnier military engineers meet University of Djibouti faculty, students

3/1/2022
Seven U.S. military engineers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier’s Public Works Department, and the 712th Engineer Support Company toured the University of Djibouti’s Faculty of Engineering, Feb. 9, 2022. The team met with engineering faculty, including Adoulkader Ibrahim Idriss, the dean of the engineering school. During the tour, they discussed their educational and working experiences while also learning about the school curriculum and facilities.
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CJTF – Horn of Africa transfers responsibility from one National Guard MEB to another

2/28/2022
Soldiers from the Nebraska Army National Guard’s 67th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) transferred responsibility of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) mission over to the Illinois Army National Guard’s 404th MEB, Feb. 26, 2022. As a dynamic operational headquarters, CJTF-HOA ensures a strategic partnership with Djibouti, responds to crises, supports operations, protects U.S. lives and enables the countering of violent extremist organizations throughout East Africa in order to enhance stability and prosperity. CJTF-HOA works with partner nations, coalition forces and interagency and intergovernmental organizations to achieve a unified effort.
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Djibouti, U.S. strengthen partnership through medical knowledge exchange

2/2/2022
More than 40 U.S. service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and the Djiboutian Gendarmerie came together for a medical knowledge exchange of casualty care practices at the Gendarmerie compound in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Jan. 17- 20, 2022. The exchange allowed both parties to share their medical practices and tactics, while strengthening bonds between the Gendarmerie and the CJTF-HOA service members.
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From Iron Gray to Red Dragon: National Guard infantry units support East Africa mission

1/12/2022
U.S. Army National Guard battalion, 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray, cased the unit's regimental colors to signify handing responsibility for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa’s security forces mission over to the 1-116th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Dragon, during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 8, 2022.
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Coalition competition builds camaraderie in Djibouti

1/12/2022
The silence is broken with the distinct cry of a horn cutting through the morning air. As if commanded by the sound, Djiboutian, French, Japanese and American Soldiers all leap from the starting line, sprinting across the arid desert. This dash across the Djiboutian desert was part of a rifle marksmanship competition held on Dec. 11, 2021, and hosted by Soldiers from B Company, 1-157th Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray (TFIG), Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
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A job well done: Djibouti, U.S. Army repair village’s water supply

1/6/2022
In December 2021, U.S. Army Soldiers and Chabelley villagers worked hand-in-hand moving large rocks, digging trenches and replacing a damaged coupling. Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) engineers, including Soldiers from the 712th Engineer Support Company (712th ESC), helped village residents fix a leak in their only source of drinking water.
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U.S. service members engage with Kenyan school

1/5/2022
U.S. Army Soldiers with Task Force Iron Gray, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Civil Affairs East Africa, and U.S. Airmen with the 475th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron, visited the school Nov. 2, 2021, to donate the supplies, repair the school’s water system, and engage with students.
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U.S. Army hosts Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course in Djibouti

12/21/2021
Five U.S. Army Mountain Warfare School instructors with the Vermont Army National Guard travelled to Djibouti to teach a five-day Joint Expeditionary Mountain Warfare Course to service members from France’s 5th Overseas Interarms Regiment (5e RIAOM) at the Arta Range Complex, Dec. 12-16, 2021.
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U.S. and Spanish join forces in African Warfighter Recovery Network

12/10/2021
On Dec. 3, 2021, U.S. and Spanish forces conducted exercise Bull Shark, a water rescue training that strengthened their combined ability to operate as highly-effective teams and demonstrated their current operational capabilities. During the exercise, several personnel were stranded off the coast of Djibouti in the Gulf of Aden, calling the Warfighter Recovery Network into action.
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CJTF-HOA strengthens personnel recovery mission in East Africa

11/22/2021
The PRCC at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducts personnel recovery and casualty evacuation for U.S. and joint partners in East Africa. To test their response time and demonstrate their capabilities, the PRCC conducted a full casualty evacuation exercise from start to finish. More importantly, the exercise served to examine their system for deficiencies.
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