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GRAND BARA, Djibouti - U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) advance their position after landing in the desert during a joint mass casualty exercise near Camp Lemonier May 20, 2009. A Guardian Angel team from the 82nd worked alongside Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to recover simulated isolated personnel in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Swafford Jr.)
GRAND BARA, Djibouti - U.S. Air Force pararescuemen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) advance their position after landing in the desert during a joint mass casualty exercise near Camp Lemonier May 20, 2009. A Guardian Angel team from the 82nd worked alongside Marines from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) to recover simulated isolated personnel in an austere environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joseph L. Swafford Jr.)
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Incoming EARF completes validation, demonstrates crisis response capability

Within hours of being notified, CJTF-HOA’s East Africa Response Force prepared dozens of Soldiers and tons of supplies for takeoff during an emergency response exercise, validating the EARF’s rapid response capabilities.

Joint SAR training tests interservice communications

Seventeen Sailors, from the Coastal Riverine Squadron One-Forward (CRS1-FWD), and 13 Airmen from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group conducted a joint search and recovery training exercise called “Neptune’s Falcon” in the Gulf of Tadjoura, off the coast of Djibouti, Dec. 20, 2013.

Although sister services work together daily at the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy rarely train together. This exercise gave them a chance to tes

US service members conduct joint exercise, with support from coalition partners

Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, conducted a mass casualty exercise to test the base's capabilities in the event of an emergency, Nov. 20, 2013.

"Our goals are to test our ability to react to multiple disasters simultaneously and the response," said U.S. Navy Capt. Rom Stevens, Surgeon for Combined Joint Task Force.

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and civilians joined together to provide eme

French/U.S. Air Forces hone aerial combat skills

In the skies above Djibouti, members of the U.S. and French Air Forces joined together in an unlikely training scenario, pitting helicopters against fighter aircraft in a simulated hostile rescue situation.

Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron partnered with French Air Force Mirage 2000-5 fighter pilots here to conduct a combat exercise in which U.S. HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters recovered downed aircrew while being engaged by enemy

'Train Like You Fight': Coalition Exercise Preps PJs For Real-World Emergency

Many moving parts go into producing and executing an exercise and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, or PJs, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, put their skills to the test recently during a mass casualty exercise which began in Djibouti's Grand Bara Desert.

Mass Casualty Exercise 12-1, a U.S. and French crisis response exercise held Sept. 25, 2012, allowed CJTF-HOA's PJ team to work alongside the French armed forces, as well as their U.S.