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CJTF-HOA forges partnerships in West Africa

4/2/2021
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) deployed forces to Gao, Mali, from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 30-31. The movement was the third time American forces demonstrated the ability to expeditiously deploy self-sustained operations in an austere environment and better interact with partner forces.
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CJTF-HOA Commanding General Visits Djibouti Mosque

4/2/2021
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Lapthe Flora, the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa commanding general visited the Masjid Gachamaleh - Ar Rahma mosque to reaffirm the United States’ strong partnership with Djibouti and a mutual stance on peace and prosperity for people of all religions.
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Civil Affairs East Africa team teaches oral hygiene, preventative care

3/24/2021
Civil Affairs East Africa team members conduct multiple preventative oral hygiene demonstrations at the International School of Africa.
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COVID vaccine arrives in East Africa

3/22/2021
Medical personnel with the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), Task Force Bayonet and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) surgeon cell from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, administer the vaccine to Camp Simba, Kenya, March 18-20.
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CJTF-HOA, Djiboutian military partner in 4-day signal exercise

3/18/2021
U.S Forces integrated in a field training exercise with Armed Forces of Djibouti during their signal communication course final.
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Africa deployed SFAB Soldiers recognized for saving lives

3/16/2021
Deployed service members were recognized, for their immediate life saving response to a vehicle accident, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 12, 2021.
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CJTF- HOA conducts exercise WAKRI

3/15/2021
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 75th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron (EAS) and the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron (ERQS) conducted an airdrop and air land operation at Grand Bara, Djibouti, March 9, 2021. The joint training exercise, WAKRI, provided an opportunity for the VMM-362 (Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron) Ugly Angels and the 2nd Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment to practice their capabilities along with the expeditionary squadrons
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Medical personnel administer COVID-19 vaccine at Camp Lemonnier Djibouti

3/4/2021
Approximately 600 Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), residents volunteer to receive the first round of the COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 27, 2021. After this round, the total vaccinated personnel at CLDJ has risen to more than 1,100.
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COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Camp Lemonnier Djibouti

3/4/2021
The COVID-19 vaccine arrives at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 25, 2021. Service members with the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Distribution, and Air Transportation Operations Center oversee the transfer of medical equipment and 600 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to EMF. The vaccine must be quickly transported to maintain the proper temperature at minus 25 C to minus 15 C in order to be kept in a frozen state. Medical personnel will administer the doses within 48 hours of the shipment's arrival.
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US, France, Djibouti enhance cyber defense interoperability

2/23/2021
The purpose of the joint engagement was to ensure that the nations are better capable of sharing info with each other both securely and efficiently.
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Female Soldiers conquer French Desert Commando Course

2/11/2021
Throughout the year, the French Forces in Djibouti offer an opportunity for U.S. and Djiboutian service members to train with their counterparts at the French Desert Commando Course (FDCC). Americans work alongside the French and Djiboutians to conquer events such obstacle courses, ruck marches through the mountains and combatives training.
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U.S., French forces conduct joint artillery training

2/8/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF) in support of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and French Soldiers assigned to the 5th Overseas Intermarines Regiment (RIAOM) participated in a live-fire joint artillery training event at the Djiboutian Range Complex, Djibouti, Feb. 2, 2021.
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AFRICOM forces conduct first engagements in Somalia since repositioning

2/3/2021
U.S. Africa Command forces completed the first engagement into Somalia since the successful repositioning of U.S. forces under Joint Task Force - Quartz Jan. 30.
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Joint Task Force Quartz repositions U.S. forces in East Africa

2/3/2021
Joint Task Force-Quartz successfully repositioned U.S. forces and equipment within East Africa prior to the Jan. 15 target date while maintaining support to partners and continuing to strike al­ Shabaab.
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Kenyan-born Red Bull Soldier reflects on deployment journey to the Horn of Africa

2/3/2021
Spc. Abraham Kiplagat, a infantryman with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 135th Infantry Regiment, immigrated to the United States at the age of 10-years-old. Kipligat has now returned to the region of his birth during his deployment to the Horn of Africa.
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EARF conducts exercise in Somalia

2/3/2021
U.S. Army Soldiers from Task Force Bayonet, assigned to the East Africa Response Force (EARF) in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), alongside Soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, based out of Vicenza, Italy, traveled to Somalia as part of a security exercise to Mogadishu International Airport (MIA), Jan. 20-21.
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CJTF-HOA participates in CHOD conference

1/29/2021
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Lapthe Flora, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and members of the CJTF-HOA staff virtually attend the 2021 African Chiefs of Defense Conference hosted by U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command, Jan. 27, 2021. The purpose of the conference was to discuss key security challenges and opportunities and to work together to improve security, stability, and prosperity in Africa.
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The USS Hershel "Woody" Williams in Djibouti

1/27/2021
Leaders from the US Embassy in Djibouti, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), toured the USS Hershel "Woody" Williams (USS HWW), Jan. 22, 2021, at Port de Djibouti, Djibouti. The tour gave them an opportunity to learn about the history of its namesake, the capabilities of the ship, as well as the day-to-day operations.
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Djiboutian Armed Forces Chief of Staff visits CJTF-HOA

1/25/2021
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Lapthe Flora, commanding general, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), met with Djiboutian Gen. Taher Ali Mohamed, Djiboutian Armed Forces Chief of Staff, at CJTF-HOA headquarters, Jan. 25, 2021.
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AFRICOM commander visits East Africa

1/20/2021
U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commanding general, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Sgt. Maj. Richard Thresher, command senior enlisted leader, AFRICOM, traveled to East Africa to review future posturing of U.S. forces with key leaders in support of Operation Octave Quartz in preparation for the next phase of operations in East Africa.
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