Air Force Maj. John H. Redfield has deployed to eastern Africa to serve as member of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
CJTF-HOA includes servicemembers from all branches of the U.S. military and allied coalition partners. Together they detect, disrupt and defeat transnational terrorist groups operating in the region and enhance the long-term stability in the Horn of Africa by combating terrorism. Tasks involve working with citizens, governments and security forces to help improve economic opportunity, promote stability and security, and create an environment that deters transnational terrorists from operating in the Horn of Africa.
The area of responsibility includes land and airspace over six African countries and Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula.
Civil affairs and civil military operations provide humanitarian assistance and training to people in areas susceptible to transnational terrorist influence. Additional tasks include digging wells, rebuilding schools and clinics, treating patients and animals, employing local workers and contractors in the region, and conducting military-to-military training in counterterrorism.
Redfield is a public affairs officer assigned to the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. The major has served in the military for 18 years.
He is the son of Rita Redfield and grandson of Lucille Pandolfi, both of Chicago.
His wife, Tonya, is the daughter of Marilyn Blanzy of Champaign, Ill., and Allen Myers of Cape Coral.
Redfield graduated in 1988 from Lane Technical High School, Chicago, and received a bachelor of arts in 1992 from Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.