Chief of Staff

Captain Thomas Wall

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Chief of Staff Biography

Captain Thomas S. Wall serves as the Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

Captain Wall was commissioned an Ensign from Rhode Island Navy Officer Candidate School in 1989. Following his initial assignment to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N—131, Washington, D.C., he completed all three levels of Naval Nuclear Power School and checked aboard the USS Cincinnati.

Captain Wall has served at various levels of leadership within the Navy from Lieutenant to his current rank. Notable assignments include Chief Staff Officer, NR COMSEVENTHFLT, Fort Worth, Texas, Commanding Officer, NR Undersea Warfare Operations Detachment X, Atlanta, Ga., Chief of Staff, NR Undersea Warfare Operations Detachment L, Washington, D.C., and Commanding Officer, NR LANT Strike Group Operations Detachment D, Jacksonville, Fla. He supported Operation TOMODACHI in Japan, as the Senior Nuclear Advisor to Commander, United States Forces Japan in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Most recently, he served as Commanding Officer, NR Commander Naval Forces Japan Headquarters, Minneapolis, Minn.

His awards include the Legion of Merit with one gold star and the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars.

Captain Wall holds Master’s Degrees from Edinburgh Business School and the Royal Military College.

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U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited the Kenyan capital of Nairobi April 2-3, 2019, as part of a familiarization tour of the CJTF-HOA combined joint operations area.

CJTF-HOA completes support of USAID-led Cyclone Idai relief efforts in Mozambique

Joint personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa redeployed to Djibouti, April 12 after several weeks of providing airlift and logistics support in Mozambique in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led humanitarian response to Cyclone Idai.

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The U.S. Soldiers, armed with M4 Carbine assault rifles, return fire as the sun peeks behind the clouds on this rare, mostly overcast Djiboutian day; the temperature a mere 83 degrees Fahrenheit in February, mild by coastal East African standards.

CJTF-HOA Manpower, Personnel directorate supports deployment, accountability of U.S. service members in Mozambique

Nearly 100 U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa are supporting U.S. Agency for International Development-led humanitarian relief efforts in Mozambique in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai. In an operation this visible, it’s easy to see the U.S. service members who are hard at work providing airlift and logistics support on the ground, but most people don’t get to see the behind-the-scenes work it takes to deploy these service members forward and maintain accountability of them during their time in Mozambique. Staff members in the CJTJF-HOA manpower and personnel directorate help make it possible.

CJTF-HOA U.S. Air Force Airman earns U.S. Navy EIWS

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany Eley, a Joint Network Control Center team lead attached to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, earned recognition as a U.S. Navy enlisted information warfare specialist, April 1, 2019.