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Pennsylvania Guard Conducts Medical Cold-Load Training in Africa
March 20, 2024
Combat medics from the 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team who are deployed to the Horn of Africa conduct joint medical evacuation cold-load training aboard a KC-130J aircraft at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 5, 2024. The training ensures interoperability with key U.S. military assets to expedite patient transfers to and from an aircraft in the event lifesaving measures and medical evacuation are requested.

US, African Partners Participate in Justified Accord Exercise
February 28, 2024
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade and Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa conduct pre-deployment drills with the Armed Forces of Djibouti’s Bataillon d'Intervention Rapide at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 22, 2024. The drills were completed to prepare for exercise Justified Accord, led by U.S Army Southern European Task Force, Africa.

Pennsylvania Guard Takes Over Horn of Africa Security Mission
February 21, 2024
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Erik Ponzek, left, commander of 2-112th Infantry, and Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Barclay, 2-112th Infantry senior enlisted leader, unfurl their unit's colors during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 10, 2024. This act represented Pennsylvania National Guard's Task Force Paxton assuming control over the SECFOR unit in CJTF-HOA.

Wisconsin Army Guard Soldiers Reflect on Africa Deployment
June 6, 2023
Command Sgt. Maj. Duane Weyer, the senior enlisted leader for the Wisconsin Army National Guard’s 157th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade currently deployed to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, observes Sgt. 1st Class Heather Carr, CJTF-HOA surgeon cell senior enlisted leader

New York Guard Completes Horn of Africa Security Mission
June 6, 2023
New York Army National Guard 1st Lt. Peter Clark, left, a member of D Company, 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, goes over defense plans with the Kenyan Defense Force during a base defense drill on Camp Simba, Kenya, May 18, 2023. The Soldiers of Task Force Wolfhound,  a security force based on the 69th Infantry, worked with the Kenyans to review actions in defense of the base.

Kentucky Guardsmen Awarded New State Ribbon for State Partnership Program
April 25, 2023
Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were the first to receive a new state ribbon recognizing service with the State Partnership Program in a ceremony at the Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Kentucky, April 13, 2023. The new ribbon, the Kentucky State Partnership Program Ribbon, was created to honor Soldiers and Airmen who enhance military-to-military relationships in subject matter expert engagement with one of Kentucky’s partner nations, Ecuador and Djibouti.

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’s 69th Infantry Carries Poet’s Crucifix to Africa
March 15, 2023
New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Tabankin, the commander of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry, holds the "Kilmer Cross" at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where the battalion is stationed while on duty at locations in the Horn of Africa. The crucifix was the property of poet Joyce Kilmer, who died while serving in the 69th Infantry in World War I.

Kentucky National Guard Shares Knowledge with Partner Djibouti
September 9, 2022
Kentucky National Guard Sgt. Corey Davis, with Joint Force Headquarters, wireless communications, conducts a check on knowledge, Aug. 17, 2022, regarding initial radio setup and functions testing with Djiboutian Armed Forces Bataillon d’Intervention Rapide (BIR).

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.

Malawi Defense Force JAG visits Kentucky National Guard
May 17, 2022
Brig. Gen. Dan Kuwali of the Malawi Defense Force with Kentucky National Guard Cols. Jason Shepherd and Joyce Gordon April 22, 2022, in Frankfort, Ky. Kuwali was invited by the pair to speak to Kentucky National Guard’s staff judge advocates about the opportunities for the United States to use soft power in Africa to balance China's engagements on the continent.

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.

Kenyan-born Red Bull Soldier deploys to Africa
February 2, 2021
Abraham Kiplagat in the Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Sept. 9, 2020. Kiplagat, an Iowa National Guard Soldier and Red Bull, is serving as an infantryman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry Regiment.

Kentucky Guard maintains SPP ties despite COVID-19
May 4, 2020
Maj. Jonathan Holliday, Kentucky National Guard Bilateral Affairs Officer (third from left), with U.S. Embassy local staff and Forces Armees Djiboutian (FAD) personnel in Djibouti.