It was during a recent civil affairs mission through Djibouti, Africa, that U.S. Army Reserve Corporal Kwami Koto was able to truly articulate his connection to this continent and its people.
"You see those kids playing soccer, barefoot," the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Civil Affairs team 4902 information manager said to his team chief as their vehicle passed by children running around on a dirt field. "That used to be me."
Koto, a resident of Denton, Texas, was bor
Thirty Community Animal Health Workers from Kaabong, Uganda, participated in a two-week veterinary civil action program to gain knowledge and skills in livestock treatment and sustainment. The program was a joint effort between the Uganda People's Defense Force, the Ugandan Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
Soldiers from the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team (FxSP), assigned to Combined Joint T
U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant James Davis assumed the role of the of the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader during a senior enlisted leader change of responsibility ceremony here September 22.
Davis accepted his new role as the senior enlisted leader for CJTF-HOA by saluting U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Franken, CJTF-HOA commander, who presided over the ceremony. Davis previously served as command chief master sergeant for 18th Win
After one year as the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Senior Enlisted Leader, U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Major Scott Mykoo reflects on the relationships and progress made between coalition and regional military forces here.
"Our mission is to strengthen defense capability and to protect U.S. and coalition interests," said Mykoo. "To do that, you have to first enhance relationships."
Mykoo said he strongly believes CJTF-HOA must constantly look for ways
How comfortable would one feel with taking concepts shared by foreign people with a language barrier and applying them to their profession?
The Tanzania People's Defense Force did just that. They put aside linguistic and cultural barriers to share military police best practices with U.S. service members and civilians, August 15 to September 2.
"They were extremely perceptive," said U.S. Army Major John Sherrill, 1st Battalion 161st Field Artillery Kansas Army National Guard mi
In an opportunity to engage with his U.S. military counterparts, a Kenyan Ministry of State for Defense chaplain spent three weeks exchanging best practices with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier chaplains from multiple denominations to strengthen each other's military chaplaincy programs.
The visit, from August 29 to September 16, allowed KMoSD Muslim Imam (Major) Rajab Athumani to witness firsthand how his American counterparts interacted with service m
Sitting across from U.S. Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class David Ampofo, an information systems specialist, he comes across as any other sailor in the United States Navy.
His uniform is crisp, clean and smartly put together. His broad smile reflects a deep pride that comes from more than 10 years of service.
His accent gives him away.
"I was born in Accra, Ghana," said the petty officer who is now homebased in Lawrenceville, Ga. "I used to work for the U.S. State Depart
There are moments in history that will be forever remembered. On September 11, 2001 the world watched as four commercial passenger jet airliners, hijacked by al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists, caused the single-most devastating act of terrorism on United States soil.
Ten years later, servicemembers recall where they were and what they were doing when the twin towers fell, the Pentagon burned and the passengers of United 93 took a stand. These are but a few of the accounts.
"This will help all the children in Dikhil.".
Omar Ladieh Ismael, the Dikhil Regional Director of Education, spoke as he and approximately 20 local community members gathered outside the Dikhil Regional School Resource Center here during the heat of the day August 25, to unload a delivery of school furniture.
The furniture, which will be distributed to schools throughout the region, is meant to enhance the learning environment for the children of Southern Djibouti.
The people of Negele, Ethiopia, celebrated the hard work between the governments of Ethiopia and the United States August 22, 2011, during a ground breaking ceremony signifying the start of construction for a much-needed bridge that will connect two local villages and ultimately improve commerce while saving lives. The bridge will span a 22-foot wide river bed that during the rainy season can be as deep as seven meters and presents significant challenges for anyone trying to cross.
More than 25,000 cattle, camels, chickens and other livestock received necessary veterinary treatments August 16 to 24 in an effort to help livestock in the Miesa and Siminto, Ethiopia, region survive the current drought.
A partnership between local Animal Health Assistants (AHAs), Community Animal Health Workers (CAHWs), the district veterinary office of the Negele Borena Region of Ethiopia and members of the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion functional specialty team (490 CABN FXSP) from th
As a pair of Nomex-gloved hands reached forward and pulled a pressurized lever, the normally dusty landscape of Camp Lemonnier was transformed into something resembling a winter wonderland during a recent training event.
The gloves belonged to Siyaad Cheik, one of three Djiboutian nationals employed as a firefighter on Camp Lemonnier and certified by the Department of Defense.
"Working for the fire department has made my life very interesting," Cheik said. "It's