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CJTF-HOA Teams Up With AFRICOM, EUCOM, MARFOREUR in Africa Endeavor 2008

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Story Number: NNS071212-16
Release Date: 12/12/2007 4:49:00 PM

By Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer Redente Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Public Affairs

NAIROBI, Kenya (NNS) -- Four Sailors and two Marines from Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) shared their technical expertise with representatives from more than 20 countries, assisting Africa Command, US European Command and U.S. Marine Forces Europe with Africa Endeavor (AE), Dec. 3-7.

The conference attendees gathered to plan the largest multinational command, control, communications and information systems exercise in Africa, which is scheduled to be held in Nigeria in July.

"AE participation is a great opportunity for us to assist with the development of the multinational organization's progress," said Lt. Cmdr. Joseph M. Acosta, CJTF-HOA plans officer. "As Africa grows and develops, they will need a more robust communication capability, and we are assisting with that charge."

Briefings from CJTF-HOA included information on tactical radio and high-frequency usage, antenna deployment and power requirements, and technical experts who specialize in single-channel radios.

Marine Capt. Christopher D. Scheidler, CJTF-HOA communications operations officer, briefed representatives from more than 15 countries in Africa on infantry battalion communications operations and communications coordination.

"In order to aid our partner nations in developing robust command and control capabilities, it was important to brief them on these operations and the coordination involved," said Scheidler.

An information systems specialist instructed local and wide area network (LAN/WAN) specialists from more than 20 countries on LAN/WAN security, and personal computers and servers.

Chief Informations Systems Technician Alex Byrd, CJTF-HOA Network Operations senior enlisted leader, discussed the importance of network security procedures and policies put in place to ensure the integrity of the network. He also informed the audience on how to take risk assessments, putting countermeasures in place to prevent and deny illegal access to network sources.

"Network security is one of the fundamental factors to consider when implementing a network," said Byrd.

LAN/WAN specialists were also briefed on LAN/WAN usage and uninterruptible power supplies.

"I taught the conference members the basics all LAN/WAN specialists should know," said Electronics Technician 1st Class Derek Wallerstein, CJTF-HOA Tactical Networking leading petty officer. "This gives someone the understanding of how a computer works and the working components of a computer. Also, how a computer connects to a network and is able to connect and communicate with other networks. The training gave the nations resources, training aids and training tools to expound on the future development of their network infrastructure."

The briefs presented by CJTF-HOA's communication professionals are important for mentoring Africa's nations to build a secure network.

"The information provided by CJTF-HOA servicemembers was key to the ground work in preparing our coalition nations for LAN/WAN and SCR future capabilities," said Acosta. "Our partners here are in their fledgling state in regards to branching out into WAN. It is critical that they precede using international standards, understanding of Information Assurance as well as sound network design techniques. By providing these countries with these familiarization conferences we are laying the foundation for their future successes."

CJTF-HOA will continue to provide assistance as planning continues for AE 2008, which is taking place in their area of responsibility.

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