CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti -- Commanding General Maj. Gen. (select) John J. McCarthy, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans, La., visited the Marines from 4th MarDiv assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa here April 17-20.
During his visit at the camp, McCarthy toured the camp's facilities and one of the numerous humanitarian projects, a remodeling of a medical clinic in Damerdjog.
McCarthy also visited CJTF-HOA Commander Maj. John F. Sattler aboard the CJTF-HOA flagship, USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20), where the two discussed a variety of matters. Sattler hosted a luncheon for McCarthy and other CJTF-HOA staff members and McCarthy took a tour of the ship. The 400-member CJTF headquarters is embarked aboard one of the U.S. Navy's most sophisticated command and control ships home ported at Norfolk, Va.
The CJTF-HOA headquarters, formed specifically to oversee operations in the Horn of Africa for U.S. Central Command in support of the Global War on Terrorism has a focused mission - to detect, disrupt and defeat transnational terrorist groups in the region and support Coalition partner efforts to deny the opportunity for reemergence of terrorist networks in the Horn of Africa.
Command Logistic Element, Marine Central Command includes 4th MarDiv forces from Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as members from Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Perrysburg, Ohio and Tube Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire Guided Weapon System (TOW), Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, Broken Arrow, Okla.
McCarthy spoke to the 4th MarDiv service members about the importance of their presence here.
"The impact of their mission here goes way beyond their immediate time and surroundings - they started a solid foundation in the region for others to follow for years to come," McCarthy said.
CJTF-HOA has more than 1,300 personnel stationed ashore at Camp Lemonier in Djibouti and a small number of liaison personnel working in other parts of the region.
"It's amazing how far along the base has come since they took control of the camp," McCarthy said. "A true testament to the amount of effort put out by each individual Marine here."
McCarthy's first assignment was with 1st Motor Transport Battalion, 1st Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam. Since then he has served in a variety of posts and positions including G-4 operations officer of the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 4th Force Service Support Group, New Orleans, La.; Chief of Staff, Operation Southern Watch, Joint Task Force Southwest Asia, U.S. Central Command, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Assistant Division commander, 4th Marine Division, New Orleans, La. He assumed duties as Commanding General, 4th Marine Division Aug. 10, 2002.