2009-04-10 / Milestones

Local Serves On Horn Of Africa

Petty Officer Second Class (PO2) Kellyann Stietzel of the U.S. Navy, a native of Rockaway, is currently serving in the Horn of Africa as part of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Petty Officer Stietzel is a 1996 graduate of Beach Channel High School and is working as a Military Dog Handler.

"It's a great honor to serve with my fellow Marines, Soldiers and Airmen." PO2 Stietzel stated.

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, headquartered in Djibouti, employs an indirect approach to counter violent extremism. Service members work to prevent the exploitation of instability by building the internal capacities of countries at risk. CJTF-HOA personnel use military-to-military mentorship as the cornerstone to building partner country security capacity. CJTF-HOA supports development by building schools, clinics and hospitals and conducting Medical Civil Action and Veterinary Civil Action projects. Service members work alongside host nations to help Africans provide for their own stability. CJTF-HOA personnel use military to-military mentorship as the cornerstone to building partner country security capacity. CJTF-HOA also supports development by building schools, clinics and hospitals and conducting medical civil action and veterinary civil action projects.

"The work of building security capacity in Africa is important to us all," said Rear Adm. Anthony Kurta, commander of CJTF-HOA. "Our men and women in uniform comprise the best military force in the world. We are inspired by the opportunity to help Africans help themselves."

The CJTF-HOA organization includes about 1,800 people from all branches of U.S. military service, civilian employees, coalition forces and partner nations, and they work together every day to accomplish the mission at hand.

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