Fourteen military personnel, soon to report for their year-long tours of duty with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, visited the Africa Center for Strategic Studies Jan. 7 to learn more about the center and to discuss how they and the center’s faculty and staff could collaborate while they are stationed in Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Seychelles. Leading the CJTF-HOA personnel was Brig. Gen. William L. Glasgow, U.S. Army, Mississippi National Guard, who will serve as the CJTF-HOA Deputy Commander. Ambassador William M. Bellamy (ret.), Africa Center Director, welcomed the group. John Kelly, PhD, Associate Dean, discussed Africa Center academic and outreach programs. “As vital emissaries of the U.S. Government, these individuals need all of the academic support we can give as they operationalize policy in this complex environment,” said Dr. Kelly. “Given the confluence of factors converging on this fragile region, I am hopeful that we can shed some light on what are the points of significance in an often turbulent and confusing environment.” Also speaking to the visitors and answering their questions were Colonel Xavier Collignon, Senior French Representative; Assis Malaquias, PhD, Academic Chair for Defense Economics; Colonel Gene McConville, U.S. Army, Senior Military Advisor, Academic Affairs; Mary McGurn, Interim Director of Community Affairs; and Joseph Siegle, PhD, Director of Research.