GRAND BARA DESERT, Djibouti -- Members of the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron recover a simulated downed pilot during a joint and coalition training exercise in the Grand Bara Desert, Djibouti, Jan. 16. The exercise involved two synchronized rescues - one on land and one at sea - and involved Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa as well as members of the French Foreign Legion.  The exercise helped enhance joint and coalition interoperability and underscored the importance of personnel recovery in the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Caleb Pierce) CJTF-HOA

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is a dynamic, operational United States Military headquarters countering violent extremist organizations in East Africa, helping to ensure the protection of the homeland, American citizens, and American interests.

Positioned on the African continent in Djibouti, we work with partner nations, coalition forces, and interagency/intergovernmental organizations to achieve a unified effort.

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We defend the National Security interests of the United States by:

  • Supporting partner nation military operations in East Africa fighting violent extremists
  • Conducting focused military-to-military engagement to strengthen East African partner nation militaries
  • Conducting crisis response and personnel recovery in support of - U.S. military, diplomatic, and civilian personnel throughout East Africa
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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Denise Rodriguez, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa CJ-6, left, and U.S. Army Cpl. Darnelle O’Hair, CJTF-HOA CJ-6, help a child try on shoes Oct 12, 2014, at the Caritas Djibouti Clinic, Djibouti. U.S. Army Cpl. Brad McPherson, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa CJ-6, helps a child try on shoes Oct 12, 2014, at the Caritas Djibouti Clinic, DjiboutiA Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa member holds a child’s hand during a volunteer event Oct 12, 2014, at the Caritas Djibouti Clinic, Djibouti. U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Smith, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa CJ-6, carries a child on his shoulders Oct 12, 2014, at the Caritas Djibouti Clinic, Djibouti. A child tries on a new pair of shoes Oct 12, 2014, at the Caritas Djibouti Clinic, Djibouti. Twenty five service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa distributed nearly 460 pairs of donated shoes as well as 60 bags and 10 boxes of donated clothing, toys and school supplies. U.S. Army Sgt. Kristopher Miles, Camp Lemonnier Military Police Base Access Control Office NCO in-charge, in grey, trains with French Army Sgt French Army Sgt. Bertrand Schmitt, rescue diver, during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu July 27, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Easter, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Intelligence senior enlisted leader and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, poses for a group photo with U.S. service members and coalition partners during a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training session Oct. 9, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.U.S. Navy Lt. Seth Allen, Camp Lemonnier deputy cyber security officer, trains with French Army Sgt. Bertrand Schmitt, rescue diver, during Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Sept. 30, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
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