CJTF-HOA Senior Leaders pose for a Picture at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 1, 2015
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.
You’ve probably heard Gen Grigsby or SgtMaj Skinner talk about the fact that they view CJTF-HOA as a leadership factory. They believe, as do we, that our most important job as military leaders is to prepare future leaders to eventually take our places. That has always been the way of the military and it ensures the survivability of our units in combat and the vitality of our services over time. Someone always has to be ready to step up and take charge, regardless of why the previous leader is no longer able to serve.
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa welcomed U.S. Army Brig. Gen Kurt L. Sonntag and said farewell to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer during a change of command ceremony April 13, 2016, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general for U.S. Africa Command, presided over the ceremony.
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick Jr. assumed responsibility as the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, succeeding U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Claudell Taylor, during a Relinquishment of Authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 19, 2015.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recently visited Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa headquarters at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during a series of stops with several partner nations throughout Africa.