U.S. Marine Corps leadership visited the Marines of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, at an all–call Dec. 28, 2012, to deliver a holiday message and emphasize the important role each Marine plays in Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa's mission of defeating violent extremist organizations and promoting security throughout the region.
The 35th commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, his wife Bonnie Amos, the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael P
A photo essay by Senior Airman Devin Doskey.
The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members are refocusing their vision to be the security partner of choice in East Africa as they welcome in the new year.
Maj. Gen. Rob Baker, CJTF-HOA commander, recently shared what the vision means for U.S. service members in this increasingly secure, stable and developed region.
"I want CJTF-HOA to partner with east African militaries," Baker said. "I want them to see us as a partner, and I want to work alongsid
To the men and women of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa,
This time of year is a season of celebration, tradition, and fellowship - a season that revolves around those friends, family, and loved ones we value most. Although we are all distant from our loved ones this holiday season, we are fortunate to be a part of the combined joint team that is CJTF-HOA, united by a shared purpose, shared values, and shared experiences.
I feel grateful this season to serve with you, t
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members constructed a Forward Headquarters Element with joint operation center capabilities as part of contingency readiness training on Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 3, 2012.
The FHE, a soft tent, houses equipment and personnel needed for CJTF-HOA leadership to command and communicate with the local forces.
"This is our forward headquarters element where we would take our headquarters from our home station JOC and move it out in
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa service members assigned to the 81st and 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadrons recently completed a week-long joint military training engagement alongside the Seychelles Air Force and Coast Guard where best medical and search and rescue operations practices were shared.
The event was divided into several classroom learning sessions and culminated with a joint training exercise that offered all attendees an opportunity to use the skills they'd l
Japanese Ground Self Defense Force members teamed with Soldiers from Kentucky Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion 138th Field Artillery Regiment to conduct counter-improvised explosive device training Nov. 29, 2012, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
This event helped foster mutual understanding between U.S. and Japanese forces and improved their ability to conduct integrated contingency operations in support of their mutual national interests and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Af
U.S. Marines from the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 352, assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conducted a refueling training mission with the French forces while flying at 15,000 feet over Djibouti Nov. 22, 2012.
Coalition aerial refueling training helps develop French and U.S. forces' interoperability across a variety of critical mission areas and demonstrates the American and French militaries' continued commitment to the standards and values of
Roughly three years ago, a group of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa military members arrived at the small village of Karabti San several hours north of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, in the Tadjourah region to build an Eco Dome. After countless visits to the village by a series of CJTF-HOA civil affairs teams, the dome isn't all that was built. Partnerships, friendships and a trust between cultures have emerged.
The villagers, Djiboutian Army members and civil affairs team membe
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Commander, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 21-22, 2012, to meet with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leaders and Airmen.
While visiting, Breedlove hosted an Airman's call to discuss deployments and the CJTF-HOA mission.
"The first message from me is thank you for what you're doing here â? [and being] away from your families for the holidays," he said. "What you all have
Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, accompanied by his wife, Darleen, toured the base, performed a re-enlistment ceremony, spoke with sailors at an all hands call and answered sailors' questions.
The CNO spoke about his Sailing Directions, the current challenges the Navy faces today, and how he sees the Navy combating those challenges now and in the years to come. Progress is being tracked by three tenets: Warfighting First, Operate Forward, and Be Ready.
After the small village of Bi'idley located within the Ali Sabieh district of Djibouti was hit by a strong wind storm three months ago, the village's nearly 100 residents were left with demolished homes, missing livestock and some personal injuries.
"It began at 9 p.m. and lasted two hours," said Hassan Ahmed, a Bi'idley villager. "After that everything was destroyed. People were running away and yelling. It was cold here."
Today, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Afri
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and community. As we celebrate this Thanksgiving deployed together across East Africa, let's pause for a moment to give thanks for a few of the blessings we all share.
I am thankful today for the privilege to lead and serve with our unrivaled Joint team of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. As I travel around the region and meet with senior military leaders, I frequently hear about the professionalism and dedication of CJTF-HOA service mem
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the British Army and the Commonwealth joined together at the Djibouti New European Cemetery in observance of Remembrance Day to honor the sacrifices made by military men and women both past and present.
Remembrance Day, formerly Armistice Day, is celebrated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. It was a day originally set aside to commemorate the day on which hostilities ceased on the Western front during Wor
U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's 448th Civil Affairs Battalion, deployed from Fort Lewis, Wash., partnered with the Dikhil, Djibouti, Office of Education Oct. 28 - 31, 2012, during two, two-day first aid workshops held for the area's teachers.
Several medical and dental personnel from the Ali Sabieh [Djibouti] and Dikhil Joint Civil Affairs teams and 448th CA BN Functional Specialty team shared best practices with 40 Djiboutian school ins
The Djibouti Navy welcomed seven other East Africa countries' naval forces to Djibouti City, Djibouti, to participate in the second annual Cutlass Express exercise held Nov. 1 to 8, 2012.
"We are very happy to see these people coming to Djibouti," said Djibouti Navy Lieutenant Ali Elmi, an operations officer. "We're very glad to host this exercise. It is a good opportunity to improve our capacity and capabilities."
The maritime interdiction exercise included sailors from D
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the Marines here at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and around the world as you celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.
As our Marine Corps brethren know well, it all started in a pub known as Tun Tavern when Captain Samuel Nicholas raised a glass and began recruiting able, seaworthy warriors to fill two battalions of Marines as landing forces for the Continental Naval Service against the British. Since then, U.S. Marines hav
Sailors and civilian maritime professionals from eight nations officially kicked-off exercise Cutlass Express 2012-2 (CE12-2) during pre-sail conferences in Djibouti, Djibouti; Port Louis, Mauritius; and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Nov. 1.
This year's week-long exercise, being conducted for the second time since its inception last year, is part of the larger Express Series exercises and is designed to advance East African maritime relationships and address mutual security issues.
Situated in the highlands overlooking Ethiopia's Rift Valley, the town of Hirna was the site of a Veterinary Civic Action Program Oct. 22-28, where district animal health workers received continuing veterinary education and local farmers' cattle, sheep, and goats were examined, treated, and vaccinated against disease.
The VETCAP was organized as a partnership between the Ethiopian Food, Medicine, and Health Authority, Oromia Province veterinary professionals, and the U.S. Army
Service members on board Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, are one step closer to entering the renewable energy frontier now that workers have begun the first phase of installing solar-powered energy panels.
Sailors from Camp Lemonnier Public Works and Naval Mobile Construction Battalion One are working together to finish phase one of the installation, which they started in September, and will begin phase two sometime next year.
Initially, the participating construction crews are instal
Service members from Camp Lemonnier's Friends of Africa Volunteers group partnered with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's Ali Sabieh, Djibouti, Joint Civil Affairs Team and the district's Volunteer Association of Education to deliver several boxes of school supplies to the Deaf and Speechless School of Ali Sabieh, Oct. 20, 2012.
The partnership, a first between the three organizations, helps to build and strengthen the U.S. relationship with Djiboutian institutions
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency sponsored a symposium on counter illicit trafficking for select Djiboutian officials at the Kempinski Hotel, in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Oct. 15-18, 2012.
The symposium, coordinated by Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and DTRA members, was held to raise awareness about CIT threats and to build a community of security professionals from the Djiboutian government, CJTF-HOA and the U.S., who will work together to prevent and reduce illicit tra
Nine U.S. service members and more than 200 Djiboutians gathered together Oct. 11, 2012, during a Noural-Imam Institute graduation ceremony to recognize 80 student for successfully completing their English programs.
"English is not an easy language to learn [and only] 82 percent of Americans over five years of age speak only English fluently. This means that only 18 percent of American's speak more than one language," said U.S. Navy Lieutenant Colter Menke, Camp Lemonnier's Engl
"Be advised we've got two contacts inbound," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Ronga, the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 3, or MSRON 3, alpha team patrol leader, as he radioed to one of his watch teams to take note of an approaching civilian boat during a ship escort Oct. 5, 2012, in the Port of Djibouti, Djibouti.
"Today we're escorting a ship into port," Ronga said. "That's our job out here - provide security for the ship. We risk our lives to make s
Three minutes. That is the amount of time firefighters have to respond to an unannounced aircraft fire on Camp Lemonnier's flightline.
While this timeframe may seem impossible to most, aircraft rescue firefighting training allows a three-minute response time to become a reality. This opportunity was opened up to service members when they recently joined Pacific Architects and Engineer civilian firefighters to attend the ARFF training here.
"Our primary goal in ARFF is to go
More than 300 Djiboutians received health care from U.S. and Djiboutian medical personnel who partnered during a Medical Civic Action Program clinic Oct. 6 and 7, 2012, in Chebelley village, located in Arta district, Djibouti.
Two Joint Civil Affairs Teams and the Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team - all from the 448th Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., and deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa - worked alongside Djibouti Ministry of H
CONGRATULATIONS to the Sailors here at Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and around the globe as you celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States Navy.
On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress established the Navy by procuring two warships to cruise for munitions ships supplying the British Army in America. While the Navy's mission has evolved significantly in 237 years, its essential role of providing maritime security to this great nation has not changed. Witho
U.S. service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, Joint Civil Affairs Team, or JCAT, partnered with the Dikhil district water office in Dikhil City, Djibouti, to conduct a basic generator maintenance seminar for local citizens Oct. 4, 2012.
A total of eight generator security guards, or "watchmen," and generator mechanics came from villages throughout the district to attend the morning's seminar, a second of its kind, which took place in the
Many moving parts go into producing and executing an exercise and U.S. Air Force pararescuemen, or PJs, deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, or CJTF-HOA, put their skills to the test recently during a mass casualty exercise which began in Djibouti's Grand Bara Desert.
Mass Casualty Exercise 12-1, a U.S. and French crisis response exercise held Sept. 25, 2012, allowed CJTF-HOA's PJ team to work alongside the French armed forces, as well as their U.S.
During the first week of September, Dr. Marva Dixon, Vicenza Army Community Services (ACS) Director; Sergeant Major Aaron Miller, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) G-3 Sergeant Major; and Major Raymond Jablonka from the Warrior Transition Unit (WTU), European Regional Medical Command (ERMC), linked up to speak to a group from the Uganda Peoples' Defense Force (UPDF) about the various ways their organizations support U.S. soldiers and their families with deployment, redeployment, and Wounded Warri