Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General Phil Purcell

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Deputy Commander Biography

Brigadier General Phil Purcell is the Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. In this position, he supports the CJTF-HOA Commander to counter violent extremism in East Africa. General Purcell is also responsible for developing relations with senior military leaders in African partner nations and directing CJTF staff and subordinate commanders’ support to deployed personnel and units of all Services across the Horn of Africa.

Prior to assuming his current position, General Purcell was Commander, 162d Wing, Arizona Air National Guard base with operations located at the Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. General Purcell assumed the position in November 2013 and commanded the Air National Guard's largest F-16 and Remote Piloted Aircraft wing with over 1,600 military members.

General Purcell graduated from the Ohio State University in 1987, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree and his commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. He served 14 years in the active duty Air Force as an F-16 Weapons Officer, Instructor Pilot, and Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner. General Purcell finished his active duty career at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, as an F-16 Programs Officer for the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron System Evaluation Program. After separating from active duty, he joined the Virginia Air National Guard in 2002 where he served as Vice Commander of the 192d Fighter Wing and A3/Director of Operations prior to assuming command of the 162d. General Purcell is a command pilot with over 3,000 hours in F-16 and F-22 aircraft.

(Current as of January 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.