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.