The work the military is doing in the region is generational, Ghormley said, and will leave a lasting impact. It illustrates that U.S. forces can be used for something other than conflict.
To further these ends, the task force has established a solid working relationship with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
“We provide the impact, they provide the sustainability. We build a school, they provide the teachers and the books,” Ghormley said.
Troops also provide the people of the region with some unusual services, such as veterinary care for their animals. Many local inhabitants heavily depend on their animals for their livelihood. Realizing this fact of life, the task force orchestrated a Veterinary Civil Action event in Yemen.
“The neat thing about this is that we made a big difference for probably 700-plus families, each with their own work animal,” said Army Maj. Jim Riche, veterinarian and team leader, Civic Action Team, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion. “Each animal was extremely valuable to the owner, so we had a larger effect on the human population owning these animals than we originally expected.”
Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa intends to continue its efforts in 2006 with the hope of stemming the spread of radical ideology through goodwill.
“We're waging peace as hard as we can,” Ghormley said.