Joint Humanitarian Operations Conference (JHOC)
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) coordinates logistic requirements for joint humanitarian operations course (JHOC) instructors and participants; coordinate service member participation; and maintain overall authority for JHOC.
The JHOC is a two-day course led by the United States Agency for international Development (USAID) and Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA). Through a series of interactive presentations, participant discussion groups, and case studies, students will discuss and examine the relationship between USAID/BHA and its partners.
This course will provide Task Force personnel with a better contextual understanding of the response authorities, requirements for, limitations of, and normal requests of Department of Defense (DoD) forces in a declared natural disaster event.
French Desert Commando Course (FDCC)
French Armed Forces alongside U.S. service members with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) participates in the French Desert Commando Course (FDCC) in Djibouti.
The FDCC is a long-enduring icon of the French Armed Forces. Established by the French around 1974 in Djibouti, FDCC became a staple expectation and accomplishment for French Soldiers. The tough and austere environment of Djibouti provides the perfect training ground to raise the physical and mental capabilities of service members who complete the rigorous training. For the French soldiers, this is just the desert phase of the training; jungle, forest and combat phases also have to be completed.
For years, the French forces in Djibouti (FFDJ) has invited U.S. service members with CJTF-HOA to participate in the competition. The course acts as a platform for U.S. - French strategic partnership in Djibouti. French instructors teach how the course plays out and how to complete it.
Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE)Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducts periodic Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercises (EDRE). The EDREs ensure the command is prepared for any contingency. The type of contingencies include crisis response, humanitarian assistance, non-combatant evacuation operations, disaster relief operations, support to U.S. embassies, recovery capabilities of aircraft and personnel, and other missions as directed. The primary players in EDRE operations are the East Africa Response Force (EARF) and CJTF-HOA staff.
The EARF deploys on order to support Department of State partners in security augmentation and assisted departure in order to protect U.S. Government personnel and facilities and to enable U.S. embassies to continue operations in challenging security environments.
Exercise WAKRICombined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), in coordination with French forces in Djibouti (FFDJ), participates in exercise WAKRI IVO Arta Ranges in order to reinforce combat capabilities and partner interoperability in a combined joint environment.
The purpose of exercise is to reinforce partner interoperability, with a focus on communication and Casualty Evacuation Operations (CASEVAC OPS) within FFDJ/CJTF-HOA combined REDFOR and BLUEFOR elements: reassure allies and partners, and counter global power competition-China/Russia (GPC-C/R) influence across Africa
In the end state, adversaries, allies, and partners are confident in the U.S. intent and capability to effectively inter-operate as a joint and combined force; increasing the ability of CJTF-HOA to protect U.S. Forces.
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) partners with European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) to conduct blue line training in order to reinforce combat capabilities and partnership interoperability in a combined joint environment.
The purpose is to enable the sharing of tactics and capabilities between EUNAVFOR and elements of CJTF HOA.
Exercise Bull Shark
Exercise Bull Shark, led by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), is a joint training between U.S. service members and with European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) to conduct crisis response and personnel recovery training in order to reinforce combat capabilities and partnership interoperability between like-minded partners in a combined joint environment.
The purpose is to enable strategic access throughout East Africa and increase ability to employ integrated and rehearsed multi-domain capabilities.
CJTF-HOA successfully collaborates with EUNAVFOR to increase its ability to support and facilitate future partnerships throughout East Africa.
Humanitarian Operations Workshop (HOW)
The Humanitarian Operations Workshop (HOW) is a forum for U.S., partner nation militaries, and civil authorities to enhance civil-military planning and coordination in support of international Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations.
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), in coordination with the United States Agency for international Development (USAID) and Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) facilitates two Humanitarian Operations Workshop, a Table-Top Exercise (TTX), and Senior Leader Seminar (SLS).
The purpose of the exercise is to improve preparedness and coordination with and among U.S. military members, civilian response agencies, foreign military partners, policy makers, and aid organizations when responding to both natural and man-made disasters.
Djibouti Base Cluster (Force Protection Mission) CADJ, CLDJ, the Port (DJBC)
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) integrates with Camp Lemonnier Djibouti (CLDJ) personnel to conduct a Base Cluster Defense tabletop exercise in order to increase capacity to execute Joint Security Operations, increase integration of force protection systems, and identify shortfalls with current protection plans and battlefield emergency protocols.
The purpose is enable CJTF-HOA and CLDJ to gain a better understanding of communication and command and control in the Base Cluster Defense plan.
Japanese Noncombatant Evacuation Operations (Japanese NEO)Military members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) work together with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) to share capabilities during the annual noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) exercise held in Djibouti, Africa.