Chief of Staff

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Chief of Staff Biography

Captain Ian Branum is the Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.  He supports the CJTF-HOA Commander's efforts to counter violent extremist organizations in East Africa, foster regional security cooperation, strengthen partner nation security capability, and build and maintain U.S. strategic access to the region.  He is also responsible for overseeing the CJTF Headquarters Staff.

Captain Branum graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and received a commission as a Supply Corps Officer shortly thereafter.

After Supply Corps school, he served three active tours. The first was onboard the U.S.S. Blue Ridge, Yokosuka, Japan, where he served as disbursing officer and then food service officer. The second was at Submarine Group Eight, Naples, Italy, where he served as the supply officer. His final active tour was at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland, where he served as materiel officer.

Captain Branum also participated actively in the reserves, serving with Seventh Fleet, Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific, Navy Information Operations Center, Texas, Tenth Fleet, Fleet Forces Command, and currently United States Pacific Fleet. He has also performed numerous periods of active duty in a variety of roles including: Fleet Force Protection Officer at Seventh Fleet; Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration Director at U.S. European Command; Acting Naval Attaché to Bangladesh; Type Desk Officer at Commander Logistics Group Western Pacific; Battle Watch Captain at Office of Defense Cooperation-Turkey; Network Engineering branch chief at United States Forces-Iraq; and project lead for the Future of the Fifth Fleet project at Fifth Fleet.

Captain Branum holds a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, an MBA from Cambridge University, England, and a law degree from the University of Melbourne, Australia. In his civilian career he is a management consultant.

(Current as of June 2017)

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CJTF-HOA changes the guard, welcomes Task Force Bayonet

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment (3-144th IN) participated in the passing of the colors with Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Battalion (1-153rd IN) during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 1, 2017.

Religious Affairs establishes faith with Sultan of Tadjoura

Members of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Religious Affairs office meet with Abdelkader Mohamed Humad (right), Sultan of Tadjoura, at his home in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Nov. 4, 2017.

CJTF-HOA joins ceremony to honor those who gave all

Service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa joined other representatives of the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, and the European Union as they honored service members who gave their lives during wartime at a Remembrance Day ceremony held at the Djibouti New European Cemetery near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 7, 2017.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s “Fire in the Hole!”

Members of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Explosive Ordnance Disposal (CJTF-HOA EOD) team continued their work with their French counterparts by clearing parts of the Djiboutian Range Complex and disposing of unexploded ordnance (UXO) left behind by past training missions, Nov. 6, 2017.

Preparing our Practitioners: CJTF-HOA Hosts Tropical Medicine Course

Medical professionals from across the military services, foreign militaries and local community joined together to discuss challenges posed to medical personnel providing care for troops operating within the Horn of Africa and the East African region at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 14 to 16, 2017.