CJTF-HOA Welcomes New Senior Enlisted Leader
U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant James Davis assumed the role of the of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader during a senior enlisted leader change of responsibility ceremony here September 22.
Davis accepted his new role as the senior enlisted leader for CJTF-HOA by saluting U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Franken, CJTF-HOA commander, who presided over the ceremony. Davis previously served as command chief master sergeant for 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base, Japan.
"I was the command chief for over 6,000 enlisted men and women and then I got the call from the admiral for an interview to become the CJTF-HOA SEL," said Davis. "Yes, that was a big mission, but this one is an even bigger mission with bigger circumstances and bigger possibilities; I'm looking forward to that." The ceremony had in attendance service members from all branches, distinguished guests and members of coalition forces.
"I chose Chief Davis to represent array of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians, principally because he's been performing at this level for quite a number of years," said Franken. "There is no doubt that Chief Davis is the right man for the job." Like his predecessor, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Scott Mykoo, Davis will serve one year in this position, working to fulfill the promise to mentor and lead the enlisted personnel of all the services stationed at Camp Lemonnier, no matter which uniform the member wears. "I'm concerned about the U.S. part of it," said Davis "because I want to take care of my men and women. That's the bottom line."
CJTF-HOA, under the command of U.S Africa Command, conducts civil and non-combatant military operations in East Africa aimed to strengthen defense capabilities and protect U.S. and Coalition interests, promote regional stability and dissuade conflict.