KIGALI - The visiting Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF–HOA), Rear Admiral Brian L. Losey, on Thursday laid a wreath at Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre and remarked that it is “a powerful Genocide memorial and Genocide is something that should never happen again.”
He arrived in the country on Wednesday for a three-day visit. “I am honoured to be here to exchange some discussions with my Rwandan defence counterparts on ways to work towards greater stability in the region so that something like this never happens again,” he said.
Later in the afternoon, Adm. Losey held discussions with the RDF Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga.
Losey is expected to tour the Rwanda Military Academy in Gako and the Africa Contingency Operations Training and Assistance [ACOTA] Camp.
CJTF-HOA conducts operations in the East African region to build capacity in order to promote regional security and stability, prevent conflict, and protect US and coalition interests. It became part of U.S. Africa Command in October 2008.
CJTF–HOA also provides personnel to the African Contingency Operations Training and Assistance (ACOTA) program as mentors. The Headquarters of CJTF – HOA is at Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti.