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U.S. soldiers and sailors supporting Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa worked with Kenyan municipality leaders on July 11, 2008 to clean up Garissa, Kenya as part of a new garbage disposal program.
At a ceremony kicking off the event, Garissa Mayor Yousef Mohammed Kuno told residents and community leaders that this citywide campaign will make his city the cleanest in Kenya.
According to Army Staff Sergeant Kevin Countermine, most of the 100,000 people who live in Garissa a
U.S. Soldiers raced to the aid of several injured Djiboutians following a vehicle rollover accident June 24, 2008.
Returning from a day of weapons training in a five-vehicle convey, 60 service members with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) witnessed a dump truck veer off the highway and overturn.
"Everyone reacted very quickly and there was no hesitation," said Sergeant 1st Class James Gallup. "The Soldiers took charge of the scene and provided
American medical personnel from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) began a medical health treatment project in the Tanga region of Tanzania, scheduled to continue through July 12, 2008.
The American medical team has partnered with the U.S. Mission in Tanzania and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to provide maternal care, diagnostic testing, and medical treatment to community members in Kirare, Mabokweni, Mkanyageni, and Masaika.
The team will also c
DJIBOUTI--Representatives from 10 East African nations, along with coalition partners from the United Kingdom, France and the United States participated in a week-long working group to help lay a foundation for partnership in the realm of maritime security.
Speakers from the various organizations presented on a wide range of topics including strategies for short and long term planning, pooling resources, regional cooperation and security considerations at sea. Also, representatives fro
Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa joined with parents, teachers and community leaders June 11, 2008, to celebrate the dedication of the recently-renovated Lamu Girls' Secondary School.
"The new parts of our school are beautiful," said Madame Merry Makulwa, the school's principal. "Before, we had leaky roofs, no lights and drafty classrooms. Now we have new floors and ceilings, solid doors, new windows and even fans."
According to Makulwa,
U.S. service members with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) made repairs at a local school near Djibouti on May 31, 2008, to improve conditions for teachers and students and allow a greater number of children to receive an education.
With an assortment of materials and construction skills, U.S. Seabees and soldiers completed a number of small projects and donated educational materials to Balbala primary school. The team replaced light fixtures, hinges and hasps on
A team of U.S. veterinarians with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) partnered with Ethiopian veterinarians to vaccinate several animals on May 14, 2008 in an effort to improve livestock health and enhance the economic development of the region.
Through the veterinary civil action project (VETCAP), Service Members are providing treatment and care to livestock at seven locations in Eastern Ethiopia. During the nine-day program, CJTF-HOAAÃ¢?s 13-member veterinarian te
Personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia and service members deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) distributed new sleeping bags and pillows on May 20, 2008, to hundreds of residents of the Sidist Kilo neighborhood who lost their homes in a fire.
According to Army Major Todd Mitchell, CJTF-HOA civil affairs team leader for Addis Ababa, the fire destroyed approximately 48 homes, displacing more than 345 people.
"The fire happened at night and spread fas
U.S. service members from the Combined Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) gathered with residents of Mikocheni on May 15, 2008 to celebrate the completion of a newly built health clinic.
The Jaypal Singh Babhra Memorial Clinic was completed by U.S. service members of the CJTF-HOA, as part of their efforts to improve security and promote economic stability in the region. The new clinic includes 10 offices, four bathrooms, and a reception area.
The project also included the ins
Several thousand miles and seven time zones away from their home base in Gulfport, Mississippi, U.S. Navy construction specialists, "Seabees," are working on bringing clean water to the Garissa District through a series of well-digging project with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).
In a location this close to the equator -- less than 1 degree south latitude -- the sun beats down ferociously on the service members. The heat, combined with the continuous nee
Members of the Praslin Island community and the U.S. military's Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) dedicated a new health clinic in Grand Anse, Seychelles, on April 24, 2008.
Praslin's pre-existing clinic was not able to handle its patient load, resulting in conflicting interests. The new Grand Anse clinic boasts a covered ambulance bay, a casualty unit and a physiotherapy room.
"In the past, babies were being weighed in the same rooms where family planni
In the first ever meeting of its kind, the senior enlisted advisor for the Kenyan Department of Defense forces met with the top enlisted leaders of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Nairobi, Kenya, the week of April 28, 2008.
Kenyan Defense Sergeant Major Ashford Miriti Ndubi welcomed U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka, AFRICOM command sergeant major, and Command Master Chief Roy Maddocks, CJTF-HOA command master chief
U.S. Navy members are working to improve the quality of life for Kenyans in the Garissa district by bringing clean water to the region through a series of well-drilling projects. On April 22, 2008, the service members broke ground on a water well in Shaba, Kenya.
This well is one of three planned in the district of Garissa as part of a Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) project. The well, once complete, will provide a better alternative for the villagers than going t
U.S. Navy and Marine Corps medical and dental teams joined Army counterparts to provide basic medical and dental treatment to hundreds of Djiboutian citizens. This was part of a series of Medical Civil Action Projects from March 29 through April 2 in the remote villages of Goubetto, Chabelley and Dammerjog.
In addition to treating thousands of patients, the medical teams conducted preventive health presentations and delivered basic hygiene items to one of the poorest regions in the wor
Airmen and sailors joined Kenyans on March 30 and 31, 2008, in an effort to increase access to clean drinking water within the country's arid Garissa District.
More than 100,000 pounds of well-drilling equipment and nearly a dozen Navy construction specialists known as "Seabees" were delivered to Nairobi's airport by an Air Force C-17 Globemaster III during the two-day delivery mission. The Seabees will use the equipment to drill wells which will be used by Somali nomads who inh
Officers from three different countries recently embarked on USS Germantown the first week of April, 2008, to train with the United States Navy. The training, facilitated by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and the crew of the USS Germantown, familiarized navy officers from Djibouti, Seychelles and Yemen with the way the U.S. Navy conducts business on a warship. The four-day event consisted of briefings, hands-on instruction, as well as demonstrations by USS Germantown crew members.
Fair winds and warm weather prevailed as the commander of U.S. Central Command passed the colors of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa from its outgoing commander to its incoming commander during a change-of-command ceremony held here February 8.
Rear Admiral Phillip Greene, commander, CJTF-HOA, assumed command of the task force from Rear Admiral James Hart in front of more than 750 servicemembers and distinguished guests at the camp athletic dome.
"I am honored, hu
Female military personnel from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) donated more than 50 book bags containing school supplies, flip flops, shampoo, soap and treats to girls at Center Aicha Bogoreh in Djibouti on January 27.
Volunteers from the English-as-a-Second Language Team received the donations from fellow servicemembers, family, friends and organizations, including three chapters from the Federally Employed Women Organization, the Department of the Leadership, Ethic