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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Brigadier General Phil Purcell is the Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. In this position, he supports the CJTF-HOA Commander to counter violent extremism in East Africa. General Purcell is also responsible for developing relations with senior military leaders in African partner nations and directing CJTF staff and subordinate commanders’ support to deployed personnel and units of all Services across the Horn of Africa.U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Wheeler administers the oath of enlistment to Petty Officer 1st Class James Pineda, flag writer for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 19, 2017. Pineda's desire to re-enlist while serving in a deployed environment exemplifies the sense of commitment demonstrated each year, by the thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who elect to turn their military service into a long-term career. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)Brig. Gen. Kenneth H. Moore, U.S. Army Africa deputy commander, meets with Army Reserve members of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion during his visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2017.  Brig. Gen. Moore met with Army Reservists to discuss the specific challenges and objectives associated with their deployment to the Horn of Africa.U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Kenneth H. Moore, U.S. Army Africa deputy commander, takes a question at a “town hall” style meeting during his visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2017. Brig. Gen. Moore met with Army Reservists to present an overview of the Army’s mission in Africa and drive home the ‘Total Army’ concept.Brig. Gen. Kenneth H. Moore, U.S. Army Africa deputy commander checks into the galley to dine with Army Reserve members during his visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2017. Brig. Gen. Moore met with Army Reservists to discuss the Army’s overall mission objective on the continent of Africa.U.S. Navy Rear Adm. William Wheeler III, outgoing Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa deputy commander, introduces Brig. Gen. Kenneth H. Moore, U.S. Army Africa deputy commander, to Air Force Brig. Gen. Howard P. Purcell, incoming CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general during an office call at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2017. Brig. Gen. Moore met with the CJTF-HOA senior leaders to discuss capabilities of the Army, and how the Army Reserve can better support future mission of CJTF-HOA. Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn recognizes Army Staff Sgt. Kendra Langsford for outstanding performance as an intelligence noncommissioned officer at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2017. Allen's visit included the opportunity to meet with leadership to discuss on-going operations and challenges in the region, as well as recognize numerous deployed service members for outstanding performance in support of Camp Lemonnier, and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman) Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, right, accompanies Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel Allyn during his visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 16, 2017. Allyn took the opportunity to meet with leadership to discuss on-going operations and challenges in the region, meet with enlisted Soldiers and junior Army officers over lunch and dinner, and recognize numerous deployed service members for outstanding mission contributions. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)
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