MOGADISHU, Somalia- Representatives from United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime gather with exercise leads to conduct a Somali Police Force Maritime Police Unit exercise to demonstrate capabilities with its two new vessels, Aug. 25, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The boat teams demonstrated interdiction operations to representatives from approximately seven countries involved in improving security and stability in Somalia, by capturing a mock hostile boat with exercise participants. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tiffany DeNault) 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 >

ARTA, DJIBOUTI- U.S. Army soldiers from the Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, plot out the first of three navigation points during night land navigation training, Aug. 5, 2016, in Arta, Djibouti. The soldiers completed day and night land navigation training along with mock casualty care, simulating calling for fire support and assembly and disassembly of the M4 carbine rifle. (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. Michael Wilson, 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion team leader, speaks with a Tanzanian Ranger after a demonstration of capabilities Aug 24, 2016, at Rungwa Game Reserve, Tanzania. Members form the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, a component of Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, and North Carolina Army National Guard, taught the rangers techniques to increase their skills in small unit tactics, first aid, gathering intelligence and other field crafts. The soldiers were training the rangers in how to combat poachers on the reserve.  Poaching and trafficking in wildlife has become a source of revenue for violent extremist organizations on the continent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr./Released) 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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