Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Details
CJTF-HOA operations are encompassed by what the U.S. military
has termed "shaping operations" with a focus on military-to-military
engagements, civil-military operations, key leader engagements, and
providing enabling support to partner nations. They provide short-term
assistance by building functional schools, improving roadways, and
improving medical facilities. Long-term goals include working with partner
nations to improve national and regional stability and security. Regional
stability is increased through capacity-building operations such as civil
affairs and military-to-military training; engineering and humanitarian
support; medical, dental, and veterinarian civic action programs; and
security training for border and coastal areas. About 2,600 personnel from
each branch of the U.S. military, civilian employees, and representatives
from coalition and partner nations make up the CJTF-HOA.
CJTF-HOA was established at Camp Lejeune, N.C., 19 OCT 2002. In
November 2002, personnel embarked to the HOA aboard the U.S.S. Mount
Whitney and arrived on 8 DEC 2002. CJTF-HOA operated from the U.S.S.
Mount Whitney until 13 MAY 2003, when the mission moved ashore to
Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti City, Djibouti.