U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Uriel Ramirez, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Contingency Contracting Office (CCO) contracting officer, talks with representatives from a local business during a Djibouti Economic Outreach Symposium in Ilon Du Heron, Djibouti, Dec. 19, 2017. Hosted by the CJTF-HOA CCO and commonly referred to as Vendor Day, the symposium is designed to get local business owners together and make them aware of the opportunities and process of doing business as a vendor with the U.S. government. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) Enabling and Strengthening Partners CJTF-HOA assists its East African partners with countering violent extremist organizations in the region to prevent them from threatening U.S. or East African people or interests.

The command strengthens the defense capability, capacity and coordination among its partners to enable them to provide for their own security, combat transnational threats and respond to crises.

Supporting African militaries and regional organizations with training, information sharing, advice and assistance is paramount to our mission. Learn more >

U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa complete a swim test in uniform as part of the competition to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB), a decoration of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 28, 2017. Competitors must complete a physical fitness test, uniformed swim, weapons qualification, ruck march, first aid course and chemical warfare course to be awarded the GAFPB, one of the few foreign allied military awards that U.S. service members are authorized to wear. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Allyson L. Manners) Shaping Regional Security & Stability CJTF-HOA protects U.S. personnel and facilities, promotes regional stability, and facilitates access and freedom of movement with its strategic posture and presence on the continent.

We work with our East African partners to identify how our unique capabilities can support their efforts to achieve security and stability, as we believe Africans are best able to address African security challenges.

We share an enduring commitment with our partners to securing a safe, stable and prosperous East Africa. Learn more >

Members of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Kentucky National Guard, Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD), and French army pose for a group photo during a visit to the FAD military training center at Holhol, Djibouti, Nov. 14, 2017.  The visit was part of the State Partnership Program, which matches a U.S. state’s National Guard with a nation to promote enduring, mutually beneficial security relationships. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore) Forging Relationships CJTF-HOA develops and strengthens joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multilateral partnerships to address mutual security concerns.

In doing so, we work to enhance cooperation among our East African partners to promote a coordinated regional approach to regional security challenges.

Our approach is a balance between operations and engagements. We engage routinely with senior leaders and counterparts from African militaries to reinforce our strategic relationships and further our shared security goals and objectives. Learn more >

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