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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Mustafa Duhulow, Somalia Minister of Information, speaks to a group of military public information officers during the African Mission to Somalia and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Information Officer Conference at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Nov. 6, 2014.Maj. Deo Akiiki, Uganda Ministry of Defence Directorate of Information and Public Relations, addresses a group of military public information officers during the African Mission to Somalia and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Information Officer Conference at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Nov. 3, 2014. A group of East Africa military public information officers listen to opening remarks during the African Mission to Somalia and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Information Officer Conference at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on Nov. 3, 2014. U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader sits next to the Commander of the Burundian National Defense Force Non Commissioned Officer’s Academy for a group photo with NCOs assigned to CJTF-HOA and academy students. U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader, engages with students from the Burundian National Defense Force Non Commissioned Officer’s Academy at Camp Bururi to share best practices, talk with them one-on-one and answer their questions. On a recent visit to Bururi, Burundi, U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader and NCOs assigned to CJTF-HOA address a formation of students from the Burundian National Defense Force Non Commissioned Officer’s Academy at Camp Bururi.U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader greets a student at the Burundian National Defense Force Non Commissioned Officer’s Academy in Bururi. Burundi. U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, senior enlisted leader shakes hands with a student from the Burundian National Defense Force Non Commissioned Officer’s Academy at Camp Bururi during a two-day visit where she engaged with the academy’s students to share best practices, speak with them one-on-one and answer their questions. (Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Allison Pittam)
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