CJTF-HOA turns to the “Fusion Action Cell/Hive” and its Deputy Director, Canadian Army Lt. Col. Fred Moore to effectively provide this type of training across East Africa. The Fusion Action Cells are specially designed teams that represent a particular country in East Africa and work with a host of participants to build relationships. Clustered together in an open room, the FAC’s become a hive of activity working and learning from one another and which the collective effort was named the “Hive”.
Piracy, illegal fishing, and other maritime threats are rising around the world, presenting even more of a need for properly trained forces in Visit, Board, Search and Seizure procedures (VBSS) in the East African Nations.
Time is of the essence when it comes to someone sustaining life-threatening injuries in a deployed location. With the capabilities provided by a combat search and rescue team, time is on their side knowing they are there when we need them the most.
Training is the key to successfully completing any task or mission that may be assigned to you at a moment’s notice. Life-changing, event-altering decisions will come down to the training you have received and the experience you have gained.
In the African context, sports’ has the ability to create national pride yet it also has the ability to unite - crossing nationalism, ethnicity, race, and religion and clan systems. When two groups from different cultures engage in sports, it is as much a cultural exchange as it is a competition.
Creating an open line of communication helps instill a regional approach and is vital to the success of any operation or organization. This concept is extremely important to the development of our East African partners.
As part of the Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa’s mission to enable regional actors to neutralize violent extremist organizations and enable regional access and freedom of movement, Uganda and Burundi will receive a new mission asset.
SgtMaj and I always say it is a Leadership factory at CJTF-HOA and we build Leaders first. We do so and we are so successful because this command is the most diverse we have seen. It is a melting pot of each of our services; active duty, reserves, and our coalition and civilian partners. We embrace each other’s culture, and, SgtMaj and I challenge each of you to learn from one another’s service culture and service traditions. While being in the countries of our East Africa Partners, share a little of your culture and learn about the culture of the country you are in. In turn, this will make our organization and our mission stronger and more successful.
Retired U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf once said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character.” The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa is privileged to have had this type of leadership over the past year.
As Camp Lemonnier reaches its maximum threshold for water, power, billeting and aircraft parking space, U.S. Africa Command along with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia hosted a mission and manning conference, Jan. 6-9, 2015.
A commander must be guided by a set of principles in order to provide authority and direction to forces. According to Army Doctrine Publication 6-0 Mission Command, a commander utilizes the six principles of the Mission Command philosophy to successfully lead.
Enduring a 15 kilometer walk to the nearest clinic will soon be part of the past for villagers in Kalaf, Djibouti. Now, only a minute away from the village stands a maternity clinic completed on Dec. 22, 2014.
Water is life. A source of clean water is essential to the survival of any community. Clean water is crucial to proper sanitation, hygiene and sustainment of life. Until recently, some communities across Tanzania lacked any reliable source of this essential element.
During this holiday season, SgtMaj and I would like to extend a huge thank you for serving your country. We are extremely proud of you and what you do every day for the life you have chosen to ensure our country’s freedom. During this time it is important to remember, we all have different traditions such as making a festive ornament that describes us or sharing a story from when we were younger, but also remembering people believe in different things.
According to Dictionary.com, education is the process of acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for life. This education process is built from the ground up and that is just what U.S. Africa Command, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and the Tanzania Ministry of Education are providing to the people of Tanzania.
Military public information officers from across Africa gathered for the African Mission to Somalia and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa Public Information Officer Conference at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 2-7, 2014.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, senior enlisted leader, recently completed a trip to Burundi where she engaged with more than 100 students from Camp Bururi NCO Academy to share best practices, speak with them one on one and answer questions.
We are coming into that time of the year of good tidings and festivities across the world and we have a lot to be thankful for in CJTF-HOA. The SgtMaj and I could not be more proud and thankful for the hard work and dedication to our mission and for serving our great nation, without question and without failure. We are thankful for your families and loved ones back home and all the sacrifices they make everyday also so that we can focus on our mission and its success. Most of all, we are thankful for YOU! Without you and this strong and awesome team, our continued accomplishments to help enable our partners and build stronger relationships would not be possible.