Deputy Commander

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.
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.
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