Chief of Staff

Captain Donald M. Plummer

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Chief of Staff Biography

Captain Donald M. Plummer serves as the Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

Captain Plummer was commissioned an Ensign from the University of Pennsylvania NROTC in 1991. Upon graduation, he attended Basic Underwater Demolition/ SEAL Training (Class 184) graduating in 1992.

Captain Plummer has served at continuous levels of leadership in the Navy. His notable assignments include: SEAL Team 5; NSW Unit 1 and 8; Officer-In-Charge, Naval Special Warfare detachment Key West / Executive Officer, U.S. Army Special Operations Dive School; Commanding Officer, NR Naval Special Warfare Headquarters TWO and FOUR; Commanding Officer, NR U.S. Special Operations Command Headquarters. Most recently, he served as Commanding Officer, NR Group 11 Headquarters and Deputy Commodore, NSW Group 11.

He participated in numerous contingency and combat operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Horn of Africa, and Kenya. His awards include the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, and Army Achievement Medal and various unit and service awards.

Captain Plummer holds a Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and joint professional education from the Naval War College and National Defense University.


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Task Force Warrior, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force meet for combative training

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers participated in a combatives exchange at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, July 1 and July 5.

CJTF-HOA, Aga Khan University Hospital explore future partnership

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members performed an on-site survey and subject matter expert exchange at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya, July 2-4.

CJTF-HOA, Kamenge Military Hospital partner for Ebola prevention

The 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, CJTF-HOA, and military personnel and doctors from the Kamenge Military Hospital conducted an Ebola preparedness subject matter expert exchange as a precautionary measure for personnel near the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fundamentals of Global Health, Engagement course offered for first time on African continent

Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa attended a Fundamentals of Global Health Engagement (FOGHE) course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 11-13.

CJTF-HOA holds change of command ceremony

Service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa welcomed their new commander during a ceremony, June 12. U.S. Army Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, outgoing commander of CJTF-HOA, transferred responsibility to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Turello. U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command, presided over the ceremony.