The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is, in every sense of the word, diverse. Service members and civilian employees of all different ages, hailing from every corner of the world with different outlooks and experiences are here serving a single mission. Among them is Hassan Ali, a resident of Virginia, a U.S. citizen since 2012, a member of CJTF-HOA, and a native of Djibouti.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bertrand Ngampa leads an English discussion group (EDG) in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Feb. 23, 2023. The group provides an opportunity for service members from Camp Lemonnier to interact with students at the school, which teaches English to students of all ages. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel L. VanZale)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Leveille shows a Djiboutian student a portrait he took during an English discussion group, led by U.S. Army Civil Affairs, at Hali English Language Center, Djibouti City, Djibouti Feb. 17, 2023. Civil Affairs soldiers are the principal experts in assisting a commander on the conduct of civil-military operations, and the sole force trained and tasked to conduct Civil Affairs Operations. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Mitchell Corley)
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, reads a French children’s book to students at the Balbala 3 School library in Balbala, Djibouti, Feb. 8, 2023. The Balbala 3 School Library was recently constructed by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Army Engineers to provide Djiboutian students a place to learn and grow. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby M. Valadie)
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brent Voss, left, 934th Maintenance Squadron Air Force Reserve, with Staff Sgt. Joseph McKenna, aircraft structure maintenance craftsman 305th Maintenance Squadron, observes simulated aircraft repair techniques by a Djiboutian Airman during a training session as part of the initial standup of the first Djiboutian Air Force sheet metal shop, May 8, 2023, at the Djibouti Air Force Base, Djibouti City, Djibouti. The sheet metal shop is being established at the request of the Djiboutian military with equipment and hands on training though the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. State Department to facilitate the repair of their own aircraft. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Toby Valadie)
Mouhyadin A. Siid, Djiboutian Armed Forces, plugs in a cable during the Cyber Defense Engagement at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 14, 2022. Sixteen Djiboutian Armed Forces members participated in the engagement. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dallin Wrye)
Military personnel conduct hoist operations in an MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 364 (VMM-364) during Exercise Bull Shark in the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti, June 3, 2023. Exercise Bull Shark is a personnel recovery exercise involving members of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, U.S. Navy, the Djiboutian Coast Guard, Spanish Navy, and Spanish Special Operations Maritime Task Unit, aimed to strengthen interoperability between like-minded partners in the region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Aaron Irvin)
230315-N-FV745-1285 MOMBASA, Kenya (March 15, 2023) Sailors assigned to Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 1 work alongside Kenyan Navy divers during exercise Cutlass Express 23, March 15, 2022. Cutlass Express 2023, conducted by U.S. Naval Forces Africa (NAVAF) and sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is designed to assess and improve combined maritime law enforcement techniques, promote safety and security in the Western Indian Ocean, and increase interoperability between participating nations. U.S. Sixth Fleet, headquartered in Naples, Italy, conducts the full spectrum of joint and naval operations, often in concert with allied and interagency partners, in order to advance U.S. national interests and security and stability in Europe and Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel James Lanari/Released)
Capt. Trey Maevers, 294th Engineer Support Company commander, speaks at his unit’s transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 18th, 2023. The 294th ESC completed 67 construction projects totalling over $10 million across the region during their time at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Gentile)
U.S. Army Capt. Trey Maevers, 294th Engineer Support Company commander, sheathes his unit’s guidon during their transfer of authority at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 18th, 2023. The ceremony is a military tradition that represents a formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a mission from one unit to another. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Gentile)
Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks at the transfer of authority ceremony between the 294th Engineer Support Company and the 1782nd ESC at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 18th, 2023. The engineering company’s mission, in support of CJTF-HOA and U.S. Africa Command, aims to support regional stability and improve relationships with partner nations through a variety of construction projects coordinated throughout CJTF-HOA’s area of interest. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Gentile)
Members of the 294th Engineer Support Company, the outgoing engineers, pose for a group photo after their transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Oct. 18, 2023. Over the course of their deployment, the 294th provided force protection engineering, general construction, increased capacity for life support, and engineering support to other units within the Horn of Africa. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Gentile)
1st Sgt. Michael Sarkkinen, 1782nd Engineer Support Company first sergeant, unfurls his unit’s guidon during their transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 18, 2023. The 1782nd ESC arrived from South Carolina to take up the engineering mission at Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Gentile)
294th ESC transfers responsibility of engineering mission to 1782nd ESC
The 294th Engineer Support Company (ESC) transferred authority of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) engineering mission to the 1782nd Engineer Support Company during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Oct. 18, 2023.