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U.S. Africa Command Hosts Foreign Liaison Officer Conference
U.S. Africa Command hosted personnel from 14 nations for a foreign liaison officers (LNO) conference, January 27-28, 2009, at the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. The liaison officers are assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn
STUTTGART, Germany - Major Amir Nada, second from left, liaison officer from Egypt and assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), joins in a discussion at a conference for foreign liaison officers hosted at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing more than 13 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
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Photo 1 of 3: STUTTGART, Germany - Major Amir Nada, second from left, liaison officer from Egypt and assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), joins in a discussion at a conference for foreign liaison officers hosted at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing more than 13 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany - Foreign liaison officers from Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) listen to a command brief presented by Colonel Thomas Galvin, director of the Commander's Action Group for U.S. Africa Command, at a conference for foreign Liaison Officers at the Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing more than 13 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
3 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 2 of 3: STUTTGART, Germany - Foreign liaison officers from Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) listen to a command brief presented by Colonel Thomas Galvin, director of the Commander's Action Group for U.S. Africa Command, at a conference for foreign Liaison Officers at the Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing more than 13 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany - Captain Kathleen Lindenmayer,Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Intelligence Security Cooperation Lead Division Chief, shares her views and experiences at a conference for foreign liaison officers at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing 14 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
3 photos: U.S. AFRICOM Photo
Photo 3 of 3: STUTTGART, Germany - Captain Kathleen Lindenmayer,Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Intelligence Security Cooperation Lead Division Chief, shares her views and experiences at a conference for foreign liaison officers at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing 14 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command) Download full-resolution version
STUTTGART, Germany - Major Amir Nada, second from left, liaison officer from Egypt and assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), joins in a discussion at a conference for foreign liaison officers hosted at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing more than 13 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
STUTTGART, Germany - Foreign liaison officers from Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) listen to a command brief presented by Colonel Thomas Galvin, director of the Commander's Action Group for U.S. Africa Command, at a conference for foreign Liaison Officers at the Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing more than 13 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
STUTTGART, Germany - Captain Kathleen Lindenmayer,Combined Joint Task Force- Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Intelligence Security Cooperation Lead Division Chief, shares her views and experiences at a conference for foreign liaison officers at the U.S. Africa Command headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, January 27, 2009. The purpose of the conference was to provide an overview of the command's policies and programs. Foreign liaison officers stationed in Djibouti and representing 14 countries were in attendance. CJTF-HOA plays an active role in Anti-piracy, counter-terrorism, and security of the African region. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel P. Lapierre, U.S. Africa Command)
U.S. Africa Command hosted personnel from 14 nations for a foreign liaison officers (LNO) conference, January 27-28, 2009, at the command's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. The liaison officers are assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa in Djibouti.



"The reason for the conference was to inform the LNOs of the big picture of what U.S. Africa Command is all about," said Colonel Thomas Galvin of the U.S. AFRICOM headquarters staff, who briefed the liaison officers on the command.



The two-day conference covered a variety of topics to include: U.S. Africa Command's mission; supporting security and peacekeeping for the continent of Africa; and common security concerns facing African nations.



The diverse continent of Africa is made up of more than 900 million people living in more than 50 nations.



U.S. Africa command's mission is to support long-term security for African nations and regional organizations. The command is comprised of 1300 personnel, half military and half civilian employees of the U.S. government.



"We build our programs based off the needs of what our African partners tell us, and provide necessary resources to conduct sustained security engagements," Galvin said.



CJTF-Horn of Africa is made up of about 2,000 personnel comprised of members of the U.S. armed forces, civilian employees, and representatives of coalition and partner nations, which include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, Seychelles, Comoros, Mauritius, and Madagascar.



"We are very glad to have had the Foreign Liaison Officer's here," said Ambassador Mary Carlin Yates, U.S. Africa Command's deputy to the commander for civil-military activities. "Not only did we get a chance to teach them about U.S. Africa command, but we also had a chance to listen to their experience to learn from them, how we can strengthen our relationship with our African Partner nations."

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