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USS Bataan and 24th MEU conduct training in Horn of Africa

7/14/2017
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Approximately 2,400 U.S. Sailors and Marines from the USS Bataan (LHD 5) and embarked Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) conducted sustainment training in the area of Arta Beach, Djibouti, from 7-10 July.
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CJTF-HOA engineers verify quality and care with Africa First Initiative in Djibouti

7/13/2017
Engineers of CJTF-HOA are working with laborers from the Africa First Initiative in Djibouti to renovate the region, solidifying the ongoing partnership between the U.S. and Republic of Djibouti.
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CJTF-HOA Commander visits Uganda, attends historic UPDF graduation

7/11/2017
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander Brig. Gen. David Furness attended the graduation ceremony for 60 engineers from Uganda People’s Defense Force (UPDF) on July 7, at a Marine base in Jinja, Uganda.
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CJTF-HOA unit conducts first bilateral rotary wing water operations exercise with French troops

7/8/2017
U.S. Airmen from the 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, and the French Air Force’s Transport Squadron ET 88 participated in the first bilateral rotary wing water operations exercise in the Gulf of Tadjoura July 3.
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Seabees of CJTF-HOA continue with Arta-region medical clinic

7/7/2017
After beginning construction of a medical clinic in the Arta Region of Djibouti, Africa, a few months ago, the U.S. Navy Seabees deployed to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, are staying true to their "Can Do!" adage.
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Civil Affairs: small team with a big mission

7/6/2017
It starts with a hearty handshake and a pleasant exchange of greetings and ends with smiles of gratitude and appreciation. Personal interaction between U.S. Army Soldiers of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion, Bravo Company, Civil Affairs Team 3, a unit associated with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), and regional partners go a long way to assist U.S. Africa Command in its efforts to promote regional security, stability and prosperity.
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CJTF-HOA Soldiers’ combatives craft warrior ethos of physical, mental strength

6/30/2017
U.S. Army Spc. Rodney Drew’s body slapped down hard on the padded floor, reverberating throughout the room. Sparring with U.S. Army Pfc. Kurt Sikes, both Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment deployed with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), heisted and heaved one another, alternating control with each movement.
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CJTF-HOA participates in 40th Djiboutian Independence Day’s military parade

6/29/2017
Djibouti gained its independence from France on June 29, 1977, making this year a special 40th anniversary celebration. The annual Djiboutian Independence Day celebrations are used to highlight Djiboutian traditions such as singing and dancing and to promote peace, equality, and unity as the nation works its way into another year of Independence. The military parade is an important part of the celebrations, giving the Djiboutian National Army an opportunity to build relationships with its Multinational partners.
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CJTF-HOA range is hot

6/26/2017
In military terminology, “the range is hot” is a warning that weapons are currently authorized to fire on a training range. This term has dual meaning here for military members, who are no strangers to the brutal heat of the training ranges located in the mountains along the Gulf of Tadjoura’s southern coast.
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CJTF-HOA-hosted Army Ball brings together multi-branch, partner nation military family

6/20/2017
Approximately 300 deployed U.S. Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, DoD civilians, as well as partner nations attended the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa 242nd Army Ball here June 17.
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CJTF-HOA, Djiboutian Catholics reunite in show of faith, partnership

6/19/2017
Three years after a terrorist attack in downtown Djibouti prompted the need for increased liberty restrictions here, Camp Lemonnier personnel are again attending religious services in downtown Djibouti.
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AFRICOM Imam leads first Iftar with U.S., SNA leaders

6/12/2017
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Miguel Castellanos, deputy commanding general for CJTF-HOA in Somalia and Mogadishu Coordination Cell director was the senior U.S. military hosted an Iftar at the Mogadishu International Airport for U.S. personnel from AFRICOM, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), the Mogadishu Coordination Cell, as well as Somali National Army leaders. This was the first time a U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Imam led an Iftar.
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E-4 leaders graduate from Marine Corps Element’s Joint Corporal’s Course

6/10/2017
Twenty U.S. service members completed the Joint Service Corporals’ Leadership Development Course at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on June 3.
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CJTF-HOA succeeds in proof-of-concept mission for more efficient airlift with European partners

6/10/2017
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Joint Logistics Operations Center achieved its initial Air Transportation and Refueling Exchange of Service (ATARES) with the Italian military here, June 9. This year, the U.S. forces in Africa join 23 other nations participating in ATARES membership, decreasing administrative procedure and increasing multinational cooperation. This is accomplished by using one C-130 Hercules flying hour as currency.
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International partners participate in a D-Day anniversary airborne operation

6/9/2017
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI – To commemorate World War II's Allied invasion of Normandy, termed "D-Day", United States, French and Italian service members stationed in Djibouti participated in a commemorative jump near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 6, 2017. The bilateral jump was in honor of the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, and also celebrated the continued partnership of allied forces.
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Senior U.S. military representative in Somalia promoted to brigadier general

6/6/2017
The Deputy Commanding General for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Somalia has donned his first star as of June 4.
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Caritas kids boogie, bond with AFCENT Band during Djibouti tour

6/6/2017
Airman 1st Class Anneke Bentley’s voice cut through the dense heat like a fresh breeze, swirling around the smiling children. A drum beat, popping from the blithe yet powerful cajon, was cooled by the plucked strings of the upright base. The accordion’s airy whistle and sigh soothed as the guitar resonated alongside the honeyed vocals.
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AFRICOM chaplain supports military Iftar with U.S. Defense Attaché Office in Djibouti

6/2/2017
Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa members met at the residence of U.S. Navy Capt. John Tully, Senior Defense Official/Defense Attaché, U.S. Embassy Djibouti, and his wife, Julie, for an Iftar and a prayer led by U.S. Navy Cmdr. Abuhena Saifulislam, U.S. Africa Command deputy command chaplain, Djibouti City, May 31.
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101st Airborne Division platoon provides secure training area for historic Somali National Army training

5/30/2017
On May 24, 2017, nearly 60 Somali National Army (SNA) soldiers from a Danab battalion graduated from a U.S.-led logistics training course offered at Mogadishu, Somalia. This historic graduation, the first of three to be offered this year by U.S. Africa Command, was carried out by a small team of fewer than 20 total U.S. trainers and security personnel from the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Ky.
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Memorial Day in Africa: CJTF-HOA leadership honors native-U.S. pilot at rest in Djibouti

5/30/2017
Brig. Gen. Howard Purcell, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa deputy commander, and approximately 50 U.S. and French military members and civilians assembled at the Djibouti New European Cemetery May 29, to honor the solitary native-U.S. military member buried here.
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