The U.S. Army National Guard Soldiers assigned to Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), conducted a joint artillery live-fire exercise with forces of the 5th RIAOM, French Forces in Djibouti (FFDJ).
The joint task force of United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced that U.S. and French Soldiers conducted a joint artillery live-fire exercises in Djibouti.
CJTF-HOA, operating from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, regularly trains with and works alongside allied and partner nations, coalition forces and interagency/intergovernmental organisations to achieve a unified effort in East Africa.
AFRICOM plays a key role in counter-terrorism operations in the regions, especially against Al-Qaeda associated Al-Shabaab in Somalia.
5th RIAOM is a regiment stationed in Djibouti (FFDJ), Forces Françaises à Djibouti).
It has been the Djibouti garrison since November, 1, 1969.
It is the last combined arms regiment in the French army comprising a mechanised infantry company, a light cavalry squadron, an artillery battery, and a command and support company.
CJTF-HOA consists of approximately 2,000 servicemen and women from the United States military and allied countries.
Currently, the task force has an assigned area of interest that includes Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Seychelles, and Kenya.
Outside this Combined Joint Operating Area, the CJTF-HOA has operations in Mauritius, Comoros, Liberia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania.