US task force in Horn of Africa has new commander

Feb 12, 2008
Author: P&S

Djibouti in relation to the Red Sea and Horn on Africa – map courtesy Wikipedia

Camp Lemonier (Djibouti) 8 February - The US Task Force based at Camp Lemonier near the port of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa region has a new commander. He is Rear Admiral Philip Greene, who took over from Rear Admiral James Hart at a change-of-command ceremony last Friday (8 February).

More than 750 service members and guests were present.

Camp Lemonier represents the only position on African soil where US armed forces are stationed on a permanent basis. The base is however responsible for US operations in 13 countries across the Horn of Africa region, conducting military to military training medical and veterinary civil action projects and various humanitarian missions.

Camp Lemonier is also strategically positioned to the Gulf of Aden and Somalia.

“I am honoured, humbled and privileged for the opportunity to command the Combined Joint Task Force here in Africa. I want to offer a special thanks to the Djiboutian leadership for the warm welcome to myself and our staff that's here, and also for the gracious hospitality the community of Djibouti extends to our men and women serving here,” Admiral Greene said.

He said he was proud to lead “a great team of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and civilians”, and to be associated with a highly talented group of military professionals from coalition nations.

During Admiral Greene’s tenure of office the Djibouti task force is scheduled to transfer its reporting functions to the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), probably later in 2008.

Admiral Greene, a graduate of the National War College and the Naval Postgraduate School, previously held the position of Director for Policy, Resources and Strategy, US Naval Forces Europe/Africa, in Naples, Italy. He has also served as the commander for Destroyer Squadron 31 and the USS Fletcher, a Spruance class destroyer.



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