USS MOUNT WHITNEY -- Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Commander, Maj. Gen. John F. Sattler concluded a four-day trip through Kenya today, having met with several members of Kenyan's government and military officials.
Sattler's visit to Kenya was the first visit by any U.S. military representative since National Rainbow Coalition leader Mwai Kibaki was inaugurated as Kenya's third president on Dec. 30.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kalonzo Musyoka met with Maj. Gen. Sattler and discussed a wide range of topics, focused primarily on current efforts in the ongoing
Global War on Terrorism.
The two leaders principally agreed on the need for cooperation in the areas of security, information sharing, commitment to defeating terrorism and establishing conditions necessary for long-term stability throughout the Horn of Africa region. U.S.
Ambassador to Kenya, Mr. Johnnie Carson, also attended the meeting.
Additionally, Sattler met with Gen. Joseph Kibwana, Chief of General Staff for the Kenyan military, to address the role of Coalition partners in the CJTF-HOA mission to detect, disrupt and defeat transnational terrorist groups in the Horn of Africa region.
Following discussions with Gen. Kibwana, Maj. Gen. Sattler met with Kenya's military Chief of Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Mwanzia, to emphasize the need for information and intelligence sharing between the two forces. Both agreed that the timely flow of information was a key to supporting counter-terrorism operations across the region.
Members of the CJTF-HOA and Kenyan armed forces staffs also held separate talks on specific support arrangements for addressing terrorist threats in the region.
Sattler visited the Kenyan National Defense College and also met with Maj. Gen. Karangi at the Kenyan Defense Staff College.
While at the Defense Staff College, Maj. Gen. Sattler was invited to address the students. He took the opportunity to discuss CJTF-HOA's mission and emphasized that the Global War on Terrorism is a long-term fight, that CJTF-HOA is prepared for an
extended war on terrorism and that with the help of Coalition partners, the fight will be won.
After visiting Mombasa, CJTF-HOA representatives returned to USS Mount Whitney, hosting a Kenyan delegation led by Mr. Ali Mwakwere, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and accompanied by U.S. Ambassador Carson.
Since arriving in the region Dec. 12, CJTF-HOA officials have met with numerous Coalition military commanders and host nation officials, establishing a dialogue with key leaders throughout the Horn of Africa region.
Meetings with Cabinet Ministers and other Kenyan government and military leaders closely follow Maj. Gen. Sattler's visits with leaders and heads of State in Djibouti, Yemen, Ethiopia and Eritrea, discussing the common goal of defeating terrorism across the region.
CJTF-HOA is defining the Horn of Africa region as the airspace, land areas and adjacent waters of Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti and Yemen.
The CJTF headquarters was formed to oversee operations in the Horn of Africa region for U.S. Central Command in support of the Global War on Terrorism.
The CJTF headquarters has about 400 members, representing all U.S. armed services, civilian personnel and Coalition forces - all aboard one of the U.S. Navy's most sophisticated command and control ships, USS Mount Whitney, operating in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean areas.
CJTF-HOA forces also include about 900 personnel at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti and a small number of liaison personnel working in other parts of the region.