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Rapid Intervention Battalion change of command
December 3, 2019
Djiboutian army Maj. Mohamed Assowen assumed command of the Rapid Intervention Battalion (RIB) during a change of command near Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 31, 2019. The RIB’s mission is to serve as a reactionary force to accomplish specified tasks directed by their higher command in the Djiboutian army.
CJTF-HOA commanding general visits Atalanta flagship
October 25, 2019
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited with leaders of Operation Atalanta on board ITS Antonio Marceglia, outside Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 21, 2019.
UWA Rangers Graduate Civil Affairs CIT Course
October 22, 2019
Japanese-led NEO enhances interoperability among coalition and African partner nations
October 12, 2019
Military members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) worked together with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to share capabilities during an annual noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise held in Djibouti, Africa, Oct. 1-4.
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U.S. and Coalition forces participate in St. Michael's Day jump
October 4, 2019
American, French, Djiboutian and Italian forces performed a static line jump near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 29th, 2019, in celebration of St. Michael the Archangel, the patron saint of paratroopers.
Task Force Warrior trains with 5th RIAOM Marines
September 6, 2019
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and French Marines assigned to the 5th Overseas Intermarines Regiment (RIAOM) participated in a combatives exchange training at Djibouti Air Base, Djibouti, Sep. 2 and Sep. 3, 2019.
CJTF-HOA service members participate in 9/11 remembrance ceremony
September 11, 2019
Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) paid tribute to the first responders, and honored the memory of the 2,977 victims who lost their lives 18 years ago, during a ceremony held under the U.S. flag, flown at half staff, at CLDJ Sept. 11.
CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general gauges progress in South Sudan
September 5, 2019
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited U.S. government and South Sudanese officials in Juba, South Sudan, August 14-16 and met with leaders of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Center for Disease Control (CDC), United Kingdom and U.S. Embassy Juba personnel, and South Sudanese government and opposition leaders t.
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CJTF-HOA Command Senior Enlisted Leader visits EARF during live-fire exercise
August 30, 2019
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Carns, command senior enlisted leader (CSEL), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), deployed in support of CJTF-HOA, as they conducted a live-fire exercise at Arta Range, Djibouti, Aug. 26.
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Command Senior Enlisted Leader Blog: Forward March
August 19, 2019
Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Carns, command senior enlisted leader, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, discusses his key takeaways after attending the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
CJTF-HOA supports multinational effort to save Djiboutian lives, land
August 15, 2019
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) service members provided critical support in a multinational effort to combat a fire at the Douda landfill in Djibouti City, August 14. CJTF-HOA engineers worked alongside Camp Lemonnier, Djiboutian, French and Chinese firefighters to help contain the fire, which was low-level but widespread and encroaching dangerously close to a surrounding village and the civilian airport.
CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general attends Burundi Senior Command, Staff College graduation ceremony
July 23, 2019
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited Bujumbura, Burundi, July 18-20 to participate in the Burundi National Defence Force's (BNDF) Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC) graduation.
CJTF-HOA, Aga Khan University Hospital explore future partnership
July 5, 2019
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members performed an on-site survey and subject matter expert exchange at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2-4.
Task Force Warrior, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force meet for combative training
July 9, 2019
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a combatives exchange at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 1 and July 5.
CJTF-HOA, Kamenge Military Hospital partner for Ebola prevention
June 28, 2019
The 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, CJTF-HOA, and military personnel and doctors from the Kamenge Military Hospital conducted an Ebola preparedness subject matter expert exchange as a precautionary measure for personnel near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general visits United Kingdom for key leader engagements
June 5, 2019
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited the Ministry of Defense, London, June 5, 2019, to participate in key leader engagements with Ministry of Defense intelligence and reconnaissance leadership.
Fundamentals of Global Health, Engagement course offered for first time on African continent
June 13, 2019
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa attended a Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE) course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 11-13.
CJTF-HOA holds change of command ceremony
June 12, 2019
Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa welcomed their new commander during a ceremony, June 12. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, outgoing commander of CJTF-HOA, transferred responsibility to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, presided over the ceremony.
CJTF-HOA, Japanese Soldiers hold tactical combat casualty care medical exchange
June 7, 2019
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a tactical combat casualty care course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, May 27 and May 31, 2019.
CJTF-HOA shares knowledge with Burundi Senior Command, Staff College
May 31, 2019
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in a subject matter expert exchange at the Senior Command and Staff College in Kinanira, Burundi, May 13-17, 2019.
CJTF-HOA, U.S. Embassy celebrate Iftar in Djibouti
May 23, 2019
Leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and representatives from the U.S. Embassy Djibouti celebrated Iftar, the fast-breaking meal Muslims eat after sunset during Ramadan month, with Djiboutian partners in Obock, Djibouti, May 14, 2019.
Seychelles, CJTF-HOA build partnership
May 21, 2019
The East African island nation of Seychelles is a key partner with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, working towards increasing security and regional stability in the Indian Ocean.
CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general visits Rwanda during 25th Anniversary of genocide
May 14, 2019
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited Kigali, Rwanda, May 6-8, as part of a familiarization visit to countries within CJTF-HOA’s combined joint operations area.
Massachusetts senior National Guard chaplain visits CJTF-HOA, Kenya
May 3, 2019
The senior chaplain assigned to the Massachusetts National Guard visited Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Kenya April 25-28, highlighting one of the National Guard’s lesser-known missions, building enduring partnerships through its State Partnership Program.
CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general visits Kenya
April 18, 2019
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited the Kenyan capital of Nairobi April 2-3, 2019, as part of a familiarization tour of the CJTF-HOA combined joint operations area.
CJTF-HOA completes support of USAID-led Cyclone Idai relief efforts in Mozambique
April 18, 2019
Joint personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa redeployed to Djibouti, April 12 after several weeks of providing airlift and logistics support in Mozambique in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai.
One Soldier’s American dream
April 10, 2019
The U.S. Soldiers, armed with M4 Carbine assault rifles, return fire as the sun peeks behind the clouds on this rare, mostly overcast Djiboutian day; the temperature a mere 83 degrees Fahrenheit in February, mild by coastal East African standards.
CJTF-HOA Manpower, Personnel directorate supports deployment, accountability of U.S. service members in Mozambique
April 7, 2019
Nearly 100 U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa are supporting U.S. Agency for International Development-led humanitarian relief efforts in Mozambique in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. In an operation this visible, it’s easy to see the U.S. service members who are hard at work providing airlift and logistics support on the ground, but most people don’t get to see the behind-the-scenes work it takes to deploy these service members forward and maintain accountability of them during their time in Mozambique. Staff members in the CJTJF-HOA manpower and personnel directorate help make it possible.
CJTF-HOA U.S. Air Force Airman earns U.S. Navy EIWS
April 5, 2019
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Eley, a Joint Network Control Center team lead attached to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, earned recognition as a U.S. Navy enlisted information warfare specialist, April 1, 2019.
CJTF-HOA delivers humanitarian aid to cyclone-ravaged Mozambique
April 2, 2019
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is airlifting U.S. Government-provided supplies to Beira and other affected areas in Mozambique in support of the ongoing Cyclone Idai humanitarian relief effort there.
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