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NY Guard Soldiers Become Citizens During African deployment
March 16, 2023
Fifteen New York Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa became U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Mar. 10, 2023. The Soldiers, all belonging to the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, are on a 9-month deployment.

NY Guard Soldiers Complete French Desert Commando Course
February 27, 2023
U.S. Army Spc. Barry Lindenoll, an infantryman assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, traverses a cable during the French Desert Commando Course in Djibouti Jan. 29, 2023. Participants who successfully completed the training received the prestigious desert commando badge.

Deployed NY Infantry Regiment Commemorates Battle of Makin
December 7, 2022
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Thomas Spencer, right, and Command Sgt. Maj. Corey Cush, left, the commander and senior enlisted leader of the 42nd Infantry Division, present a plaque to Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley and U.S. Marine Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Kammer, the commander and senior enlisted leader of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, during the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment’s annual Makin Diner Nov. 26, 2022. The unit held the event at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Virginia, Kentucky Guard Soldiers end Africa Mission
September 23, 2022
About 1,000 Virginia and Kentucky National Guard Soldiers provided security throughout the Horn of Africa during a nine-month deployment ended in September 2022. Task Force Red Dragon maintained a presence in Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya.

National Guard Infantry Units Support East Africa Mission
September 22, 2022
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, the commander of 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Zeller, the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment, senior enlisted leader, unfurl the unit’s colors during a transfer-of-authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sep. 19, 2022. During the ceremony, more than 1,100 New York Army National Guard Soldiers officially began their service as part of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa.

New York Army National Guard Troops Deploy to Africa
September 9, 2022
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Zeller, the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry Regiment senior enlisted advisor, case the battalion’s colors during a ceremony at Fort Bliss Texas, Sept. 6, 2022. The colors will be unfurled in Africa when the unit assumes responsibility for a security mission as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

New York Army Guard Soldiers Heading to Africa, Kuwait
June 16, 2022
New York Army National Guard Spcs. Lori Gorman and Jahaira Rodriguez, both assigned to Headquarters Company of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, head toward buses taking them to Fort Drum, New York, for training following a farewell event June 14, 2022, at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The Soldiers will be deploying to the Horn of Africa in September.

Task Force Red Dragon Hosts D-Day Remembrance in Africa
June 7, 2022
U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, host a D-Day commemoration ceremony and ruck march June 6, 2022, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to remember the sacrifices of Allied forces during the storming of the Normandy beachhead in World War II.

National Guardsmen Complete French Desert Commando Course
June 2, 2022
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Roy Wollgast, an 82nd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron survival, evasion, resistance and escape specialist, completes an obstacle during the French Desert Commando Course at Arta Range, Djibouti, April 26, 2022. Since 2015, the French Forces stationed in Djibouti have invited U.S. service members with the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier to participate in the course.

Task Force Red Dragon Soldiers join French-led WAKRI 22
April 8, 2022
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Chris Barksdale, a squad leader with the East Africa Response Force (EARF), Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, commands his team during Exercise WAKRI 22 at Grand Bara, Djibouti, March 15, 2022. Exercise WAKRI 22, the largest annual French-led exercise on the African continent, was spread out across Djibouti and provided realistic training for French Armed Forces' air, ground and sea components alongside their U.S. allies.

National Guard infantry units support East Africa mission
January 14, 2022
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 1-102nd Infantry Regiment (Mountain), Task Force Iron Gray and the 1-116th Infantry Regiment, Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), stand together during a transfer of authority ceremony, Jan. 8, 2022, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Nebraska Guard helps restore Djibouti village water supply
January 7, 2022
Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. Beau Heithoff, engineer specialist, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), installs a pipe coupling during a well-leak repair at Chabelley Village, Djibouti, Dec. 22, 2021. CJTF-HOA personnel at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, regularly work with government leaders and citizens on a variety of projects to promote stability in East Africa.

Kentucky Guard engineers conduct Djibouti SPP training
September 8, 2021
Capt. Le Mohamed Louaita, commander for Djiboutian Demining Co., expresses gratitude to Tech. Sgt. Dylan Wagner, explosive ordnance disposal technician, 123rd Airlift Wing, Aug. 22, 2021, in Djibouti City, Djibouti. Kentucky National Guard Engineers with the 577th Sapper Company and 123rd Airlift Wing traveled more than 15,000 miles to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, to train with the Djiboutian military demining company as a part of the State Partnership Program.