CJTF-HOA welcomes new commanding general

U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, attaches rank insignia to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, CJTF-HOA incoming commanding general, during a frocking ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 13, 2015. Stammer was previously selected for promotion to major general and promoted prior to taking command of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, attaches rank insignia to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, CJTF-HOA incoming commanding general, during a frocking ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 13, 2015. Stammer was previously selected for promotion to major general and promoted prior to taking command of CJTF-HOA. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)
U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, receives general officer honors during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. Rodriguez presided over the ceremony where U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, receives general officer honors during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. Rodriguez presided over the ceremony where U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)
U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, passes the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa colors to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, CJTF-HOA incoming commanding general, during the CJTF-HOA Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. Additionally, Stammer obtained the rank of Major General during a frocking ceremony on April 13, before taking command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, passes the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa colors to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, CJTF-HOA incoming commanding general, during the CJTF-HOA Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. Additionally, Stammer obtained the rank of Major General during a frocking ceremony on April 13, before taking command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)
U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, delivers remarks during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. During the ceremony, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. Additionally, Stammer obtained the rank of Major General during a frocking ceremony on April 13, before taking command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, delivers remarks during the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. During the ceremony, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. Additionally, Stammer obtained the rank of Major General during a frocking ceremony on April 13, before taking command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)
The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa joint service color guard presents colors during the CJTF-HOA Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on April 14, 2015. U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony where U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa joint service color guard presents colors during the CJTF-HOA Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on April 14, 2015. U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony where U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa incoming commanding general, delivers remarks during a change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. During the ceremony, Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa incoming commanding general, delivers remarks during a change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. During the ceremony, Stammer assumed command of CJTF-HOA from Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)
From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader, passes the CJTF-HOA colors to U.S. Army Maj. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., CJTF-HOA outgoing commanding general, during the CJTF-HOA Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. As the command senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Skinner is responsible for the CJTF-HOA colors. The senior enlisted leader passes the colors to the outgoing commander and receives the colors from the incoming commander to symbolize the transition of command of the unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image From right, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader, passes the CJTF-HOA colors to U.S. Army Maj. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., CJTF-HOA outgoing commanding general, during the CJTF-HOA Change of Command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, April 14, 2015. As the command senior enlisted leader, Sgt. Maj. Skinner is responsible for the CJTF-HOA colors. The senior enlisted leader passes the colors to the outgoing commander and receives the colors from the incoming commander to symbolize the transition of command of the unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Ian Dean)

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark R. Stammer assumed command of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby, Jr., during a change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti on April 14, 2015. U.S. Army General David Rodriguez, commanding general for U.S. Africa Command, presided over the ceremony.

During his remarks, Rodriguez voiced confidence in Stammer to lead CJTF-HOA in strengthening America’s East African partners and building cooperation throughout the region.

“Maj. Gen. Stammer brings strategic and operational expertise and a tremendous sense of teamwork to this command,” noted Rodriguez. “I know he will hit the ground running and I look forward to working with him and seeing him lead this task force to future success.”

Approximately 100 African, international and U.S. officials, as well as several hundred members of CJTF-HOA and Camp Lemonnier, attended the ceremony.

As Stammer addressed the crowd for the first time as CJTF-HOA commanding general, he pledged to continue building security cooperation in the region and expressed pride in now leading the organization responsible for that effort.

“CJTF-HOA, I am very honored, very proud and very humbled to join your ranks and stand as one among you today,” declared Stammer.

Stammer comes to CJTF-HOA after serving as deputy commanding general (Operations) of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky. As CJTF-HOA commanding general, Stammer is responsible for an 11-country, 2.4 million square mile combined joint operation area in East Africa, and the only enduring U.S. military presence on the continent of Africa. 

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