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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Members of the Burundian National Defense Force (BNDF) search for and identify simulated IEDs using metal detectors, sickles, and visual clues. The BNDF are in the fourth week of a 10-week training course at the Parachutist Camp sharing best practices with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa. Members of the Burundian National Defense Force (BNDF) search for and identify simulated IEDs using metal detectors, sickles, and visual clues. The BNDF are in the fourth week of a 10-week training course at the Parachutist Camp sharing best practices with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa. Members of the Burundian National Defense Force (BNDF) search for and identify simulated IEDs using metal detectors, sickles, and visual clues. The BNDF are in the fourth week of a 10-week training course at the Parachutist Camp sharing best practices with the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) AfricaMembers of the Burundian National Defense Force (BNDF) search for and identify simulated IEDs using metal detectors, sickles, and visual clues. U.S. Marine Sgt Maj Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader addresses Marines from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa in a classroom at Parachutist Camp during a recent visit. : Instructors from U.S. Marine Corps Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa demonstrate counter IED detection devices and proper use during the fourth week of a 10-week training on best practices with members of the Burundi National Defense Force.Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov. 05, 2014: U.S. Marine Sgt Maj Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader, and the training cadre walk cautiously by as a simulated IED is placed for training by an instructor from Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa. Bujumbura, Burundi, Nov. 05, 2014: U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader, and Marines assigned to U.S. Marine Corps Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Africa observe counter IED training at the Parachutist Camp in Bujumbura, Burundi, while cattle graze in the distance.
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