Rear Adm. Brian L. Losey assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa on Saturday during a change-of-command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, which serves as the U.S. military’s main military hub on the African continent.

Losey replaced Rear Adm. Anthony M. Kurta, who led the command since February 2009. Kurta has been reassigned to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as director of the Military Personnel Plans and Policy Division.

CJTF-HOA became part of U.S. Africa Command in October 2008. The task force focuses on building the security capacity of militaries in the region and also conducts numerous civil affairs development projects.

CJTF-HOA was established in 2002.

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