A Rwanda Defense Force soldier calls in a 9-line report to request a medical evacuation, while Army Sgt. Jonathan Lopez, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment medic, observes during a medical exercise Sept. 9, 2016, at the Rwanda Military Academy, Rwanda. The exercise, part of a two-week medical course, tested the RDF soldiers’ abilities to apply techniques of care under fire and other battlefield medical tactics. U.S. Army Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, instructed the course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) 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 >

KENYA- Kenya Defense Forces combat engineers practice setting up an electric demolition with mock training aids during Deliberate Kindle 2016, Sept. 16, at a training center in Kenya. U.S. Navy Task Force Sparta explosive ordnance disposal technicians and a dive independent duty corpsman, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, provided counter-improvised explosive device, tactical combat medical care, and train-the-trainer skills to approximately 53 KDF soldiers and officers in preparation the KDF’s deployment with the African Union Mission in Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) 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 >

U.S. Army Capt. Mike Smith, left, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Military Coordination Cell logistics representative, reviews an item list with Capt. Ndikumana, center right, Burundi National Defense Force African Union Mission in Somalia Burundi contingent team leader, in Mogadishu, Somalia, Sept. 12, 2016. Burundi forces received more than 10 power generators, tires and spare parts for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles to remedy the wear and tear on vehicle parts caused by rough and uneven terrain. The MRAP vehicles are vital to keeping AMISOM forces safe from roadside bombs planted by al-Shabaab throughout Somalia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton) 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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A U.S. Air Force Airman briefs Japanese, Italian and U.S. senior enlisted service members on the operations of the airfield in Djibouti, Africa, March 30, 2017. The enlisted leaders from the three nations were part of an orientation program for the Joint Forces Senior Enlisted Leader Professional Development program designed to strengthen partner capacity.Participants of the Joint Warrior Competition (JWC) jog down the final section of the ruck-march event outside of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Participants in the JWC test themselves physically in various events including a four kilometer timed ruck march. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Geoffrey Steffee, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader leads the ruck-march portion of the Joint Warrior Competition (JWC) outside of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Steffee was the first person to complete the course. Competitors in the JWC put their physical fitness to the test by competing in 10 separate events designed to challenge their resiliency. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)A U.S. service member participates in the ammunition can carry portion of the Joint Warrior Competition on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Participants in the JWC test themselves physically in various events including a 100-yard ammunition can carry. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Elizabeth Holloway and U.S. Army Col. Jason Musteen participate in the running portion of the Joint Warrior Competition (JWC) outside of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Participants in the JWC test themselves physically in various events including a four kilometer timed run. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Hannah Mabel participates in the push-up portion of the Joint Warrior Competition (JWC) on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Participants in the JWC test themselves physically in various events including 50 timed push-ups. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)A U.S. service member participates in the pull-up portion of the Joint Warrior Competition (JWC) on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Participants in the JWC test themselves physically in various events including 20 timed pull-ups. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Celeste Dunlap completes the Joint Warrior Competition on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2017. Dunlap was the first female service member to complete the course. The JWC is designed to push each service member’s physical and mental fitness capabilities during a series of challenging events. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christian Jadot)
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