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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NAIROBI, Kenya - Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Ryan Donofrio, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11 (EODMU-11), and Kenyan Army Lance Corporal Tajeu Olomunyak, EOD trainee, practice proper explosive disposal May 17, 2011 at the Kenyan Ministry of Defense Stony-Athi Range outside Nairobi, Kenya. Several members of EODMU-11, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, shared best practices with their Kenyan counterparts regarding the safe disposal of explosive remnants during a three-week Humanitarian Mine Action Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant R.J. Biermann) 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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The 443rd Civil affairs battalion's Functional Special Team for Combined Joint Task Force -- Horn of Africa conducted a medical assessment of the Kamenge hospital in Burundi to help further the Burundi National Defense Force's ability to provide long term care to their soldiers returning from Somalia. Tech Sergeant Giana Jaworski has the story. More videos >

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U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Alan Tubbs, Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) mission commander, stands in front of a U.S. Navy boat on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Boniface Manyanya, Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) corpsman, stands watch while providing security for a United States Ship arriving into the Port of Djibouti.U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sal Gandara, Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) boatswain mate, stands watch while providing security for a United States Ship arriving into the Port of Djibouti.A Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) boat heads out to meet up with a United States Ship and escort it into the Port of Djibouti. Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Classes Steven Davies, left, and Lavar Gabriel escort a United States Ship into the Port of Djibouti. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sal Gandara, Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) boatswain mate, ensures a weapon is clear in preparation for shift change after providing static security for a United States Ship in the Port of Djibouti. U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Sal Gandara, Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD) boatswain mate, stands watch while providing security for a United States Ship arriving into the Port of Djibouti. U.S. Army Capt. Bismark Vergara, 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, speaks with Mouktar Hassan Bouh, resident English teacher at the hotel trade school, Lycee Hotelier d’Arta in Arta, Djibouti.
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