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    Maryland National Guard HOA Team supports intelligence operations abroad

    Maryland National Guard HOA Team supports intelligence operations abroad

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Blake Wiles | Maryland Army National Guard members of the 110th Information Operations Battalion...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Brendan Cassidy 

    58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade

    Story by Maj. Brendan Cassidy
    58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Seven Maryland Army National Guard personnel assigned to the 110th Information Operations Battalion, 58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade are supporting U.S. intelligence operations for several months in the Horn of Africa.

    The Maryland Soldiers, also known as “HOA 15,” are on their 15th rotation as information operation planners for the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), integrating and synchronizing various information-related capabilities for the command.

    Established in response to 9/11, CJTF-HOA is located on the only permanent military base on the African continent, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Over its lifespan, the command has evolved to suit the mission requirements of U.S. Central Command and now U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). Once leading a counter-piracy operations, CJTF-HOA now provides crisis response capabilities, protects U.S. troops and supports operations in East Africa while promoting strategic partnership in Djibouti.

    The Department of Defense (DoD) supports African partners with capacity building, strengthening defense institutions, and supporting a whole-of-government approach in the region so diplomatic and development solutions can take root. Although, transnational threats and violent extremist organizations continue to endanger the safety and stability of Africa. Countering these threats is in the common interest of the United States and Africa partner nations, while degrading terrorist threats prevents their spread across borders and shores.



    Date Taken: 01.31.2022
    Date Posted: 03.30.2022 13:09
    Story ID: 414079
    Location: FORT BELVOIR, VA, US 

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