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New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission
March 15, 2019
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard, known as Task Force Warrior, assumed control of security responsibilities from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, known as Task Force Alamo, for Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019.
CJTF-HOA defense liaison officer earns European Union Medal
March 2, 2019
A U.S. Army major assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa earned the Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal for Planning and Support from the European Union Feb. 23, 2019. Maj. Aaron Testa, who serves as the defense liaison officer to the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic, received the medal from Portuguese Maj. Gen. Hermínio Maio, mission force commander of the European Union Training Mission-Central African Republic, during a ceremony in Bangui.
CJTF-HOA staff share weapons techniques
February 20, 2019
Joint personnel and eight foreign liaison officers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in weapons familiarization at the Djibouti Range Complex, Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 16, 2019.
Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center
February 12, 2019
East African children and adults in Tadjourah, Djibouti, meet weekly with U.S. Army civil affairs Soldiers led by Bravo Company, 404th CA Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in conjunction with the Centre De Femmes, an empowerment center, in information exchanges called English Discussion Groups.
U.S. Army veterinarians visit remote Djibouti village to promote herd health
February 14, 2019
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited Oulma, Djibouti, Feb. 14, as part of a pre-deployment site visit.
CJTF-HOA hosts 2019 Capstone cohort
February 15, 2019
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa hosted a Capstone Military Leadership Program for newly-promoted, U.S military general and flag officers from around the globe at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 13-14, 2019.
Djibouti officials, U.S., coalition forces meet to coordinate emergency response effort for future crisis
February 15, 2019
Joint personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) hosted an Emergency Response Information Exchange (ERIE) multinational discussion from Feb. 12-14, 2019.
U.S. Navy Seabees turn over Ali Oune Medical Clinic to Djiboutian officials
January 31, 2019
U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, turned over the newly constructed Ali Oune Medical Clinic to Djibouti government officials during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the clinic Jan. 31.
Joint Personnel Center gives recently-deployed Sailors peace of mind
January 25, 2019
The Sailors and Marines of the Joint Personnel Center assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa are no strangers to paperwork. Every two weeks, the office conducts mass in-processing briefings, to ensure incoming Sailors, and the folders full of paperwork they deploy with, are squared away.
403rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team conducts Combat Lifesaver Course for Italian partners
January 28, 2019
A team of medics with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, conducted a Combat Lifesaver Course for a class of 16 members of the Italian Army, Navy, Air Force and Carabinieri (National Police) on Base Militar Italiano de Supporte, Jan. 14-18.
CJTF-HOA Task Force Alamo Soldiers compete for German Armed Forces Badge
January 23, 2019
A week’s worth of physical, mental and technical challenges stood between 41 Task Force Alamo National Guard Soldiers and the German Armed Forces Badge for military proficiency last week, and on Jan. 22, 33 of the Soldiers were awarded the metallic award.
CJTF-HOA tactical communication service members test gear, skills
January 23, 2019
Tactical communication experts assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa traversed rough terrain on foot and scaled 1,600 foot peaks to test radio equipment at the Arta Range Complex Jan. 18.
Top enlisted National Guard leader visits Djibouti
January 22, 2019
The command sergeant major of the National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Christopher Kepner, visited Army and Air National Guardsmen working for the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa here Jan. 15-19.
CJTF-HOA kick starts first-ever relationship with Intergovernmental Authority on Development
January 19, 2019
Foreign Liaison Officers and U.S. military members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa met for the first time in a formal meeting with officials from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development Jan. 16 in Djibouti.
Africa Data Sharing Network information exchange prepares Djiboutian soldiers for deployment to Somalia
December 27, 2018
Four U.S. Army Soldiers from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa communications directorate held an Africa Data Sharing Network, version two, information exchange with Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) soldiers Dec. 26, at FAD Headquarters in Djibouti.
East Africa Response Force train for Expert Infantryman Badge while deployed
December 20, 2018
It’s been a challenging four days for more than 80 Fort Campbell, Kentucky Soldiers, who dream of one day earning the mark of excellence in their craft--the Expert Infantryman Badge or EIB.
Joint service personnel and Djibouti Port Authority take part in first-ever Djibouti port exercise
December 19, 2018
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa personnel from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, took part in the first-ever port exercise to include the Djibouti Port Authority, Dec. 19.
US, Rwanda medical professionals prepare for opening of first radiation oncology center
December 17, 2018
U.S. medical personnel worked hand-in-hand with their corresponding Rwandan counterparts to give cancer patients and their families renewed hope of survival at the Rwanda Military Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, Nov. 26-30.
State, Defense department officials meet, discuss future of East Africa
December 14, 2018
More than 30 U.S. State Department officials, representing 12 East Africa countries, joined military leaders from the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) for an East Africa Security Forum at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 11-13.
CJTF-HOA participates in Foreign Legion’s annual Grand Bara 15k race to strengthen partnerships
December 14, 2018
The sonic boom of a pair of French Mirage fighter jets signified the start of the 36th annual Grand Bara Run, where nearly 200 members of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa ran alongside 2,500 Djiboutian, Chinese and coalition service members and civilians during the 15k (9.3 mile) race across a stretch of Djibouti’s Grand Bara Desert, Dec. 13.
Coastal Riverine Squadron 8 shipmate camaraderie best weapon in deterrence
December 7, 2018
What is a pirate’s favorite letter? Rrr…? Nope. It’s the Sea. And pirates beware, because Coastal Riverine Squadron 8 conducts maritime security operations regularly. With their twin-engine Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats mounted with three fully-automatic weapons and a team of highly-skilled Sailors, they look menacing to any foe.
Day two of East Africa Security Forum concludes
December 12, 2018
U.S. Department of State representatives and interagency guests joined military leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa on the second day of the three-day, 2018 East Africa Security Forum at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 12.
Security Forum to help align stakeholders in East Africa
December 11, 2018
More than 30 U.S. embassy representatives from 12 East Africa countries will attend the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) East Africa Security Forum (EASF), Dec. 11-13 at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti visits Ali Oune Medial Clinic site
December 3, 2018
Amb. Larry André Jr., U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti, visited the construction site of the future Ali Oune Women’s Medical Clinic, Dec. 3.
Kenya Defence Forces, U.S. canine handlers exchange knowledge
November 23, 2018
For the second time in less than a year, veterinarians assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa met with the Kenya Defence Force dog handlers to exchange best practices in their fields Nov. 19-23 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Civil Affairs Soldiers hold first-ever ‘Language Lab’ in Balbala
November 30, 2018
Foreign languages provide a competitive edge in career choices; their study enhances listening skills and memory, and can improve the understanding of one’s own language. These were just some of the lessons shared by Soldiers and Djiboutians during the first English Discussion Group Nov. 29, in the neighborhood of Balbala, Djibouti.
Japanese leadership express interest in enhancing strategic partnership with U.S. forces in Horn of Africa
November 21, 2018
Japanese and U.S. leadership met in Djibouti to discuss ways to build relationships across the Combined Joint Operations Area Nov. 20-21.
CJTF-HOA Foreign Liaison Officers observe U.S. Navy Maritime Security Operations
October 24, 2018
Five Foreign Liaison Officers (FLOs) assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) participated in maritime security operations (MSO) familiarization at the Port of Djibouti, Oct. 23.
CJTF-HOA Leaders Recognize Service Members during All Hands
October 23, 2018
CJTF-HOA’s commanding general, Maj. Gen. James D. Craig, and CJTF-HOA’s Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Master Chief Karl Parsons, presented quarterly awards, thanked galley employees and praised members of the CJTF-HOA staff.
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Horn of Africa
Army Civil Affairs investigates Ribta village Well
October 19, 2018
Ribta is located in a small valley in the mountains of the Tadjoura region, far from any city and public water systems; the villagers there rely on well water for drinking and watering their crops.
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Army Civil Affairs
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