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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U.S. Navy Command Master Chief Geoffrey P. Steffee, the outgoing Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, holds the guidon during the change of command ceremony on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 28, 2017. The senior enlisted leader is responsible for leading, mentoring, enforcing standards of good order and discipline, and advising and assisting the Commanding General on all matters pertaining to the health, morale, welfare and professional development for approximately 2,000 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines joint service personnel. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Eboni Prince)U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David J. Furness, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, speaks with regional partners from East Africa after the change of command ceremony on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 28, 2017. Furness has participated in contingency operations in the Republic of Panama and in the following named operations: Operation Provide Comfort, Operation Unified Assistance, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Eboni Prince)U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, U.S. Africa Command commander, hands the guidon to Brig. Gen. David J. Furness, the incoming Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, during the change of command ceremony on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 28, 2017. Furness previously served as the legislative assistant to the commandant of the Marine Corps at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Eboni Prince)U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. David J. Furness Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, addresses the audience during the change of command ceremony on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 28, 2017. Furness is responsible for overseeing CJTF-HOA’s efforts in countering transnational threats in East Africa, fostering regional security cooperation, and ultimately promoting regional stability and prosperity. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Eboni Prince)U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Kurt L. Sonntag, the outgoing Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, hands the guidon to U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, U.S. Africa Command commander, during the change of command ceremony on Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 28, 2017. A prime component of the CJTF-HOA mission is to help build the defense capability and capacity among its East African partners. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Eboni Prince)Command Senior Enlisted Leader (CSEL) for Headquarters United States Africa Command  (USAFRICOM) Chief Master Sgt. Ramon Colon-Lopez, stationed at Stuttgart-Moehringen, Germany, visited enlisted members of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) on Camp Lemonnier, here April 27.Brig Gen Furness Bio PhotoU.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, DoD civilians, and contractors representing more than 2,000 members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa assemble on the flight line at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, April 14, 2017. CJTF-HOA Commanding General Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag and Command Senior Enlisted Leader Command Master Chief Geoffrey Steffee, will conclude their tour after a change of command ceremony on April 28. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)
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