United States Africa Command aka "Africom" takes Over The Joint Task Force CJTF-HOA in Djibouti to Combat The Al-Shabaab Linked Al-Qaeda in Somalia with Special Ops and C-130 Black Helicopters.
Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) is a joint task force of United States Africa Command. It is a component of the United States response to the September 11, 2001 attacks.
CJTF-HOA focuses its efforts on conducting unified action in the combined joint operations area of the Horn of Africa to prevent conflict, promote regional stability, and protect Coalition interests in order to prevail against extremism, with a special operations unit, such as the Al-Shahaab Terrorists, (Al-Qaeda) in Somalia.
The area of responsibility for CJTF-HOA includes the countries of Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Yemen.
On October 1, 2008, responsibility for the task force was transferred from the United States Central Command to the United States Africa Command also known as Africom as it assumed authority over the African theater of operations from Camp Lemonier in Djibouti City, Djibouti
In late 2006 the United States backed Ethiopia's incursion into Somalia (see photo above), designed to oust the Islamic Courts Union, the Islamist coalition that had taken over much of the over whelmingly Sunni Muslim country. (Al-Shabaab was the Courts' military wing.) U.S. Special Operations forces are in Somalia hunting suspected al-Qaeda fighters (Al-Shabaab). "Aircraft attack al Qaeda haven", Air Force AC-130 gunships struck al Qaeda targets in Somalia news sources reported. Press reports said the US Air force AC-130 gunship attacks hit an area called Ras Kamboni, a training camp for Al-Shabaab aka Al-Qaeda, (see Hurlburt AFB Florida info below for AC-130).
I had access to the secret 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW) located at Hurlburt Field Florida, just outside Fort Walton, for a period of about 12 months, during this time frame Saddam Hussein and Iraq were the target. Located at Spec Opps Hurlburt are the famous Black Helicopters (AC-130) and a rapid deployment "airport terminal" able to drop a large Spec Opps team anywhere in the world in 24 hours with the AC-130 Spooky and Spectre gunships.
"Any Time, Any Place" Since the Global War on Terrorism began in October 2001, 1st SOW Aircraft Special Ops Wing at Hurlburt have flown more than 25,000 combat sorties, amassing more than 75,000 combat hours. The wing has also deployed more than 8,500 personnel to 16 geographic locations around the world.
The 1st Special Operations Wing (1 SOW) is located at Hurlburt Field, Florida, its mission focus is unconventional warfare: counter-terrorism (Somalia), combat search and rescue, Combat Special Ops Teams, personnel recovery, psychological operations, aviation assistance to developing nations, "deep battlefield" resupply, interdiction and close air support. The wing's core missions include aerospace surface interface, agile combat support, combat aviation advisory operations, information operations, personnel recovery/recovery operations, precision aerospace fires, psychological operations dissemination, specialized aerospace mobility and specialized aerial refueling.
Among its aircraft is the MC-130 Combat Talon, a low-flying transport/rescue plane that can evade radar detection and slip into enemy territory at a 200-foot altitude for infiltration/exfiltraion missions, even in zero visibility, dropping off or recovering men or supplies with pinpoint accuracy. It also operates the AC-130 Spooky and Spectre gunships that provide highly accurate airborne gunfire for close air support of conventional and special operations forces on the ground (Somalia).
Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) was established 22 May 1990, with headquarters at Hurlburt Field, Florida. In December 1992, AFSOC special tactics and intelligence personnel supported Operation Restore Hope in Somalia, time for some payback, the Al-Shabaab (al-Qaeda) terrorists in Somalia are not even going to know what hit them !