FACHive Deputy Leadership at its finest
DJIBOUTI - In a U.S. Army post northwest of Kampala, Uganda, military units from the U.S,. Uganda and international forces, prepare side-by-side for peacekeeping missions in East Africa.
These fellow soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Uganda work together for several days, perhaps a week, teaching military first-aid. When the U.S. heads back to CJTF-HOA, the Ugandan soldiers, having honed their skills, depart for Somalia to fight against violent extremist organizations.
It seems like making this training available to East Africa partners would be simple, but a closer look reveals the complexity of the planning and coordination that must take place beforehand.
CJTF-HOA turns to the “Fusion Action Cell/Hive” and its Deputy Director, Canadian Army Lt. Col. Fred Moore to effectively provide this type of training across East Africa. The Fusion Action Cells are specially designed teams that represent a particular country in East Africa and work with a host of participants to build relationships. Clustered together in an open room, the FAC’s become a hive of activity working and learning from one another and which the collective effort was named the “Hive”.
“We can’t do it without them. Having these leaders located with their counterparts allows them to more effectively complete their missions,” said Major General Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., CJTF-HOA commander. “Moore helps our African partners move faster and gain advantages over our enemies.”
According to Moore, he would describe himself as the “Chief Learning Officer” in tribute to the FAC/Hive’s overarching deliverable: organizational learning that leads to effective operations.
“Lt. Col. Moore provides the daily direction that keeps the FAC/Hive on mission and strategically engaged,” said U.S. Army Colonel Tim Connors. “On a typical morning, he organizes a military brief for the commanding officer and staff, or can be found discussing ways to improve military professionalism with one of several African officers on the staff. “
Moore leads a team of roughly 70 people, including nearly a dozen officers from Africa, Europe and Asia who serve alongside their American counterparts as part of a U.S. command that is helping African countries defeat violent extremist organizations. He leads all of the foreign liaison officers and manages all staff planning inputs while helping synchronize all activities in support of CJTF-HOA African partners.
“Lt. Col. Moore is a great fit to lead our daily operations,” Connors said. “He brings a unique point of view and considerable experience working with multinational forces.”
During Moore’s tenure at CJTF-HOA, his leadership and mentorship helped accomplish many great feats to include the building of the African Data Sharing Network through the All Partners Access Network, which allows CJTF-HOA to push digital information to the militaries that are part of the African Mission to Somalia.
"Working in a multinational environment and leading officers from 15 different countries has been the most rewarding part of this job,” concluded Moore. “As a Canadian I am thankful for the trust this Task Force has in me and for the critical duties I have been asked to perform,”