U.S. Marine Cpl. Daniel Diaz, U.S. Africa Command Data Sharing Network (ADSN) course instructor, shows intelligence specialists from the Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF), how to properly setup a portable communication terminal at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Aug. 18, 2015. Members of the ENDF and Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) participated in a multi-week ADSN course, which was hosted by Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa communications and intelligence personnel, and was designed to broaden communication interoperability between host nation security forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet/released)  CJTF-HOA Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is a dynamic operational headquarters, effectively countering violent extremist organizations in East Africa.

CJTF-HOA leverages the flexibility of its strategic location as a critical power projection platform and works with partner nations, coalition forces, interagency and intergovernmental organizations to achieve a unified effort.

CJTF-HOA's operations prevent violent extremist organizations from threatening America, ensuring the protection of the homeland, American citizens, and American interests. Learn more >

The Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) has a military presence in several countries including Somalia as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and members of the UPDF attended an information operations course hosted by personnel from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa to develop their message dissemination capabilities at Jinja, Uganda, recently. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet) Developing Security

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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Col. Chrispin Dngadi, Kenya Defense Force pilot talks with an airman near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 16, 2015. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members conduct a combat rescue demonstration for Kenyan Defense Forces officers to supplement a weeklong, personnel recovery engagement course. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
Profession of Arms

While our efforts will include tactical processes, they will increasingly focus on improving our regional partners' combat support and sustain the support capabilities; strengthening existing defense institutions at both national and regional levels; and fostering the further development of the Profession of Arms.

Our actions and behavior must serve as constant examples of a professional military force at the individual, unit, and institutional levels.

When directed, CJTF-HOA will respond to crises and protect U.S. citizens and interests, along with our African partners.

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Sgt. Gaudence Siame, Tanzania People’s Defense Force ammunition technician, places a metal shape aside during a metal detector familiarization class at the Peace Keeping Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Aug. 23, 2015. Two U.S. Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians, assigned to Combined to Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa, instructed a three-week Humanitarian Mine Action course to TPDF ammunition technicians and officers in order to increase ordnance knowledge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes)
Violent Extremist Organizations

CJTF-HOA is committed to enabling our East African partners to defeat regional threats.

While our efforts are almost always indirect in nature, the impacts are longer lasting and carry a higher value.

We serve as a conduit for information, provide limited and focused military training to our partner nations, and during crisis response can provide strategic support.

Our actions, together with our East African partner militaries, enables our team to counter a wide variety of threats to regional support.

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An Afar woman prepares to dance during the 21st Induction Ceremony of the Sultan of Gobaad in Dikhil, Djibouti, May 22, 2015. The Afar tribe is one of two main ethnic groups in Djibouti, shaping their historical customs and culture for hundreds of years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nesha Humes) Strengthen the Team

Our decisive effort is to develop and strengthen the joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) team.

CJTF-HOA is creating lasting and meaningful relationships, founded on trust and collaboration with all regional partners to address security threats of shared concern and create an environment that enables continued economic growth, democratic consolidation and sustainable broad-based development.

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