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Five service members from U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, partnered with the year-old Sudan People's Liberation Army, or SPLA, Aug. 22 to Sept. 7, 2012, to instruct 18 SPLA Soldiers.
This marks the third Humanitarian Mine Action, or HMA, military-to-military training engagement between AFRICOM and the SPLA, during which HMA explosive ordnance disposal, or EOD, and tactical casualty combat care, or TCCC, train-the-trainer courses were held with a simple mission focus.
"Attention in the JOC, this is an exercise, exercise, exercise emergency ...," began U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Scott Hodge, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, joint operations center team chief, after his watch officer, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Randy Neihart, informed him of an exercise emergency phone call he received from someone in the Grand Bara Desert.
French and U.S. service members teamed Sept. 25, 2012, during Mass Casualty, or MASCAL,
Marines and Sailors with India Battery, the artillery attachment for Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted bilateral training with French Marines in Djibouti Aug. 25-27 to integrate and strengthen an allied-nation partnership.
The India Battery Marines used the opportunity to discuss tactics and procedures for the newest addition to the Marine Corps artillery arsenal, the M-327 120 mm Expeditionary Fire Support System, or E
A pair of Georgia Army National Guardsmen from the 110th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion trained more than 30 Burundi Armed Forces personnel during two weeks of instruction on deployment, unit movement planning, September 2012.
Captain Brad Copas of U.S. Army Africa's G-4, Multi-National and Interagency branch, supervised the two-member GARNG team during an Africa Deployment Assistance Partnership Team training known as ADAPT.
ADAPT is a U.S. Department of State sponsor
Photo essay by U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano.
Fifteen Tanzanian animal healthcare professionals, Soldiers from the U.S. Army 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, and the Joint Civil Affairs Team in Tanzania assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa came together to participate in a two-week Veterinary Civic Action Program, or VETCAP, training session in Mkinga District, Tanzania Sept. 3-14.
The VETCAP was broken into two stages: three days of classroom training and eight days of field training in eight different villages in
More than 20 military chaplains from U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, and nine East African countries joined together Sept. 19 to 21, 2012, for the third annual AFRICOM-sponsored African Military Chaplain Conference in Djibouti City, Djibouti.
The purpose of the gathering, as the year's theme included, was to partner, collaborate and minister with one another to help improve the chaplain corps' ability to better serve its
I enjoy serving as a volunteer and giving to organizations I feel passionate about. As a Reservist, I am not usually exposed to the Combined Federal Campaign - Overseas, but this year I will have an opportunity to contribute where it will count. Soon I'll search for that special organization to which I will make a donation - and I encourage you to join me in doing so.
The CFC began in the early 1960s so federal employees would only be solicited once in the workplace. Through the CF
Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, made his first visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 20, 2012, to meet with service members and civilians.
While visiting, Odierno held a Soldier Call to discuss the importance of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa's mission and each Soldier's place in supporting the mission, but not before taking care of some important business.
"It's an honor to reenlist three great Soldiers," Odierno said. "It's o
The U.S. Army's 448th Civil Affairs Battalion's Team 1, was awarded the Afar Forum Award, Aug. 30, 2012, in Brussels, Belgium, for its community partner efforts aimed at supporting the Afar people, one of the two main ethnic groups in Djibouti.
Team 1 began working together upon their arrival here in June and is one of five civil affairs teams within the battalion currently assigned to support the mission of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA. The teams wor
U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, have partnered with the Djibouti Armed Forces English Language Center, to assist instructors in teaching English to students.
The 490th Civil Affairs Battalion, Team 12, began working with the center in April 2012 to help further the English knowledge of 17 Djiboutian servicemembers enrolled in the English language course at Camp Chiek Osman in Djibouti City, Djibouti.
"My [American] friends
A graduation was held at the Horsed Private School of English, Sept. 10, 2012, in Djibouti City, Djibouti, to honor 17 Djiboutian students who completed the four-year English Language Course.
"Today's ceremony is the well-deserved recognition of years of hard work for these students in completing their English Language Course," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Colter Menke, English Discussion Group, or EDG, program facilitator for Camp Lemonnier personnel.
The school, whi
To the men and women of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa,
On this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our nation, I would like to take a moment to thank each of you for your dedicated, faithful service to America and our way of life. You represent less than one percent of the American population who has volunteered for uniformed service to protect our homeland and further American interests abroad. When I talk about the one percent versus the 99 percent, it is yo
More than 50 Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa servicemembers partnered with several hundred residents of Dikhil, Djibouti, Sept. 2, 2012, to clean up seven schools within the city.
The joint effort, which included several hours of trash pickup, painting, rearranging desks and light cleaning within five primary schools, one secondary school, and one high school, helped get the schools ready for the first day of school Sept. 3, 2012.
"We're promoting a community clean
Djiboutian Sailors and American Soldiers gathered at the Djibouti Naval Base to share knowledge, best practices, and lessons learned in a session the Djiboutians planned to use to repair electrical systems for two Sea Ark, 55-foot patrol boats.
While the vessels add to the Djiboutian fleet, the American-based, 120-volt electrical systems differ from the 220-volt standard in Djibouti. Since receiving the boats, the Djiboutian Sailors have undertaken much work to make the boats operatio
A photo essay by Staff Sergeant Christopher Ruano.
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Soldiers, forward-deployed to Ethiopia, delivered care packages to a local orphanage Sept. 2, 2012.
St. Augustine's, a 100-year-old, Catholic, all-girls orphanage in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, has been the recipient of dozens of boxes of personal care items since February, when the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard unit arrived to support the CJTF-HOA mission.
"Nine boxes of hygiene items went to the orphanag
A team from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance hosted two, two-day Joint Humanitarian Operations Courses at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, from Aug. 21 to 24, 2012.
The purpose of JHOC here is to introduce students to humanitarian and disaster assistance operations and concepts relative to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
"In Africa we have a number of ongoing, complex emergencies," said Georgianna Platt
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley made his first trip, since assuming his current post, to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, today, to visit service members and civilians, and discuss operations in East Africa with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa leaders.
Donley conducted an all call during his visit here, in which he discussed the Air Force's role in Africa and around the world, and took questions from attendees.
"The United States' engagements in Africa are c
A photo essay by Tech. Sgt. Joseph McKee.
For some service members, suicide prevention training may be just another computer-based training module that must be completed annually. But to four Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Airmen it was literally the difference between life and death.
Master Sgt. Lloyd Evans, Technical Sgts. Kevin Jiles and Darryl Guppy, and Airman 1st Class Nelson Park were enjoying a relaxing afternoon May 27 at Moucha Island when another Airman did the unthinkable.
"[He and I] were jus
A choir sings during church service, a family leisurely strolls through the market, and laughter rings out from a friendly card game. Suddenly, a rebel group interrupts the peacefulness of the African village on a quiet afternoon. A radical faction enters the marketplace and threatens the civilians. The churchgoers abruptly evacuate the church, and the villagers scatter in an attempt to hide from the danger.
The police immediately arrive in response to the commotion. Due to lack of manpo
U.S. Africa Command hosted seven coalition liaison officers (CLOs) assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Djibouti for a two-day visit to the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, August 1-2, 2012.
The CLOs' visit, which is the third of its kind since the inception of the command, aimed to build relationships and enabled the officers to become more acquainted with the AFRICOM mission.
The multinational cooperation office of AFRICOM
U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and French forces from the 5th Marine Regiment participated in an assault climbers course here July 19 - 30.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Chris Brueggeman, 24th MEU assault climbing instructor, facilitated the training for the French and U.S. Marines.
"The Marines were conducting assault climber refresher training as well as bilateral training with the French in assault climbing skill
U.S. Marine Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Smith assumed the role as the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader from Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Davis July 15.
As the senior enlisted leader, Smith's responsibilities include serving as the principal advisor to the CJTF-HOA commander on all issues affecting the health, morale, welfare and professional development of more than 1,800 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps personnel.
U.S. Air Force Col. David Harris Jr. assumed command of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group in a change of command ceremony July 23.
"The Air Force will continue to amaze," were U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Lee's parting words as he passed the command to Harris.
Harris told the members of the 449th AEG "I had the privilege to meet many of you over the past week, and what stood out to me the most was the professionalism and the pride that we take and the mission focus th
U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel at Camp Lemonnier integrated their security forces into one cohesive unit July 1.
The overall purpose of this integration was to enhance security efforts on camp. Before the integration, the two branches had separate areas of security responsibility, which presented a few challenges.
U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Lee, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, mentioned lack of communication and coordination between security elements and overlapping zone
Nearly 200 newly-commissioned Japanese naval officers visited Camp Lemonnier July 13 to learn more about their coalition partners serving in and around the Horn of Africa.
Djibouti was one of several port calls for these officers, who recently embarked on their first sea tour in the waters around East Africa to help promote stability in the region.
"This is their first five-month-at-sea tour where they are going to take all of the training they have done and put it in to practice,
Sports can bring people together and help them get to know one another through a common interest. That's been the case for a group of soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and some Djiboutians.
Local school aged children and young males gathered with members of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4903 to play a game of basketball at the Ali Sabieh Middle School public court June 8.
The basketball game was an opportunity for the children and young adults
U.S. and Comorian army soldiers partnered together to participate in a five-day Noncommissioned Officer Development Seminar at the National School of Army and Gendarmerie June 12-16.
Three U.S. Army and 25 Comorian noncommissioned officers participated in the seminar that covered basic NCO skills. Noncommissioned officers from both countries shared best practices and learned new, more efficient ways to lead their troops.
The seminar allowed participants to share their perspectives