Deputy Commanding General

Brigadier General James R. Kriesel

United States European Command CJTF-HOA Deputy Commanding General Biography

Brigadier General James R. Kriesel serves as the Deputy Commanding General, Combined Joint Task Force—Horn of Africa.

Brigadier General Kriesel graduated from Euro-NATO Joint-Jet-Pilot-Training in 1990, and is a command pilot with more than 2,600 flight hours in the A-10 and F-15C.

Brigadier General Kriesel is a joint service officer and served in various key operational and staff assignments throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa.  These include 510th Tactical Fighter Squadron A-10 supporting Operations DESERT STORM and PROVIDE COMFORT; Alert Force Commander 59th Fighter Squadron F-15C supporting Operation  SOUTHERN WATCH; Mission Commander/Instructor 12th Fighter Squadron F-15C supporting Operation NORTHERN WATCH; Chief of Staff, Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa, supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and FREEDOM SENTINEL.  Brigadier General Kriesel also served as the Deputy Commanding General-Air, Combined Joint Task Force Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Deputy Commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force–Levant, and Director Coalition Aviation Advisory Training Team, Baghdad Iraq.  Most recently, he served as Commander, Oregon Air National Guard.

His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Air Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Aerial Achievement Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Air Force Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award (four oak leaf clusters), and Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (one oak leaf cluster).

Brigadier General Kriesel holds a Master of Arts Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington and attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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CJTF-HOA service members participate in 9/11 remembrance ceremony

Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) paid tribute to the first responders, and honored the memory of the 2,977 victims who lost their lives 18 years ago, during a ceremony held under the U.S. flag, flown at half staff, at CLDJ Sept. 11.

Task Force Warrior trains with 5th RIAOM Marines

U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and French Marines assigned to the 5th Overseas Intermarines Regiment (RIAOM) participated in a combatives exchange training at Djibouti Air Base, Djibouti, Sep. 2 and Sep. 3, 2019.

CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general gauges progress in South Sudan

U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited U.S. government and South Sudanese officials in Juba, South Sudan, August 14-16 and met with leaders of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF), United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Center for Disease Control (CDC), United Kingdom and U.S. Embassy Juba personnel, and South Sudanese government and opposition leaders t.

CJTF-HOA Command Senior Enlisted Leader visits EARF during live-fire exercise

U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Carns, command senior enlisted leader (CSEL), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF), deployed in support of CJTF-HOA, as they conducted a live-fire exercise at Arta Range, Djibouti, Aug. 26.

Command Senior Enlisted Leader Blog: Forward March

Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Carns, command senior enlisted leader, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, discusses his key takeaways after attending the Africa Senior Enlisted Leader Conference in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.