After more than nine months of work and $12 million in funding, a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules became the first aircraft to utilize a new apron at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), December 22, 2009, marking the beginning of operational missions on the apron known as 'Enduring Ramp'.
"Initially, Camp Lemonnier was built as an expeditionary base with expeditionary hardware," said Lieutenant junior grade John Woods, the air operations officer at CLDJ. "The opening of this concret
Contract and facilities managers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier took a major step toward advancing the economic development of Djibouti and regional stability through an event called Vendor Day at Djibouti's Chamber of Commerce Headquarters, December 22, 2009.
The event drew nearly 100 Djiboutian businessmen and women, bridging African companies to the many maintenance, service, supply and construction contracts that support CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonni
A closing ceremony in Grand Bara, Djibouti capped off a four-day field training exercise conducted by the newly forged Eastern African Standby Force (EASF), December 4, 2009.
Ten countries of the Eastern African Brigade worked together throughout the week to practice responding to simulated incidents.
"We want to convey this message to the fellow heads of states--the region is now standing and ready to go," said Peter Marwa, director of the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade
During the third day of the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Field Training Exercise, approximately 1,500 participants from 10 countries of East Africa worked together on various fictional scenarios, December 2, 2009, in Djibouti.
"This exercise is like any other exercise conducted within regions and is important because it is bringing together forces that have never worked together," said Lieutenant Colonel P. K. Njema, Kenya Battalion commanding officer. "It is important for the region
A team of U.S. Army instructors from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa provided malaria microscopy training to 20 Tanzanian medical laboratory technicians, November 23 - December 4, 2009.
The instruction was conducted at the National Reference Laboratory and Quality Assurance Training Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in cooperation with U.S. Army Medical Research Unit - Kenya (USAMRU-K) and their Kenyan partners, the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) and the U.S. Pres
The multinational Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) Field Training Exercise began November 29, 2009 with an opening ceremony in Djibouti. The historical exercise brought approximately 1,500 troops, police and civilian staff together from 10 Eastern African countries working side-by-side for the first time.
"It's a major achievement to be together. Can we do this we ask, and the answer is, 'yes we can,'" said Peter Marwa, director of the Eastern Africa Standby Brigade Coord
For the first time in more than two years, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), invited various local Djiboutian vendors onto camp for the opportunity to sell items and build relationships with American consumers during a three-day bazaar November 20-22, 2009.
"The Camp Lemonnier bazaar, coordinated by our Navy Exchange and supported by the National Tourism Office of Djibouti, was a resounding success," said Camp Lemonnier Commanding Officer Captain Bill Finn. "Building upon our relations
A contingent of the U.S. Army's 4/78th Battalion, Delta Company Civil Affairs and volunteers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, visited a small village called Camel Douda in Djibouti to provide clothes, soccer balls, and a movie to local residents, November 12, 2009.
Upon arrival, the team, led by U.S. Army Sergeant Lldemaro Montejo, was welcomed by Chief Mussa of the small Djiboutian village. It was not the first time that Camp Lemonnier service members visited Came
It is not unusual for a Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) chaplain and team to travel more than 1,000 miles to minister to forward-deployed troops, but at the end of one particular trip to Uganda, the chaplain's team members found themselves on a whole new mission ... this time to help an African man.
On November 1, 2009, just outside a hotel in the Ugandan capitol city of Kampala, Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Michael Warner, took a stroll down a busy street wh
In late August of 2005, the St. Paul's Episcopal Church and School in the Lakeview community of New Orleans was under 10 feet of stagnant water in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The historic brick church, with its 15-foot, 150-year-old Tiffany stained-glass windows, was directionless and in need of assistance.
At roughly the same time, an Episcopal Navy Chaplain (Captain) William R. Hood, was in search of a new mission. Hood, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who had seen c
Americans celebrated Armistice Day on November 11, 1919, commemorating the first anniversary of the end of World War 1 by honoring the nation’s fallen warriors and calling for a lasting peace. Soon veterans became part of the annual event, and in 1938 Congress declared Armistice Day a legal holiday. On June 1, 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to honor all U.S. veterans.
Veterans now number more than 20 million in the United States. Our veterans, past and present, deserve
While on convoy patrol one day in late October, U.S. Army Sergeant Hipolito Nieves noticed a wet spot on the ground at a checkpoint outside Camp Lemonnier. He searched the area and confirmed with his convoy commander that someone had been there and likely fled upon their approach. This defensive posture is one of many patrols conducted around the perimeter to protect the camp.
This event is a snapshot of life for the U.S. Army's 1-65th Infantry Battalion, Charlie Company, a Nationa
U.S. servicemembers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) provided more than 600 students at Tongoni and Mleni Primary Schools in Tanga, Tanzania, with school supplies November 2, 2009.
The 1700-pound delivery of supplies consisted of paper, pencils, and erasers, and followed a renovation project conducted at the Tongini Primary School earlier this year.
The supplies were donated by People to People International, a not-for-profit organization based in
Three nurses from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ) kicked off a new academic year, October 16, 2009, in Djibouti City by teaching more than 130 college students advanced skills in English.
The course, which the volunteer instructors are calling "Introduction to English with a Focus on Medical Terminology", is being taught for the first time at the Institut Superieur des Sciences de la Sante over the next four months.
"This course is a collaborative effort for us to share the gift
A team from the Expeditionary Medical Facility in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti provided influenza vaccines to service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonier, October 15 and 16, 2009.
Influenza is a viral disease that can be spread by coughing, sneezing or nasal secretions and one which hospitalizes more than 200,000 people and kills more than 30,000 people every year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Getting a shot
The Navy's 234th birthday was celebrated at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), October 10, 2009 in truly expeditionary style with a checklist of only three necessary items: sun block, malaria medication and the desert camouflage uniform (DCU).
"This is certainly the first time I've attended a ball wearing combat boots and a U.S. Navy uniform," said Brigadier General Chris Leins, deputy commander, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). "But it's al
A team from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa's (CJTF-HOA) Meteorological and Oceanographic Department (METOC) deployed to Uganda from September 28 to October 3, 2009 in preparation for the humanitarian exercise Natural Fire at the end of this month.
The team deployed with a meteorological sensor that is scheduled to be set up for the upcoming exercise. In addition to delivering equipment to Uganda, they interacted with many meteorologists.
"We met some extraordinary
Junior and senior enlisted postal clerks and storekeepers, along with members of the Navy Supply Corps, held a ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, October 1, 2009 to commemorate the official formation of the Navy's new logistical specialist rating.
"As an element of the Navy's total force strategy, this merger will capitalize on the knowledge, skills, and abilities found in the two ratings and apply them toward a unified mission," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral Ma
Service members with the Gabonese Navy completed a three-day Dive Program Orientation and Demonstration led by two U.S. Navy divers from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) in Libreville, September 25, 2009.
This military-to-military engagement, in support of U.S. Africa Command's (AFRICOM) Theater Security Cooperation strategy, provided Gabonese Navy leadership with an overview of the requirements and challenges of instituting their own organic dive program. It a
STARS AND STRIPES
DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
KELLEY BARRACKS, STUTTGART, GERMANY
JOHN VANDIVER: Well, again, I appreciate you taking a little bit of time here.
VICKI HUDDLESTON: Sure.
MR. VANDIVER: Let's talk a little bit -- I was thinking that we could maybe start off -- one of the things I was thinking about coming in here -- you&
A team from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa deployed to Faza Village, Pate Island, Kenya, September 13, 2009 to assess options in assisting the village after a fire on September 5 that consumed 350 houses and displaced more than 2,100 people.
The CJTF-HOA team, working in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, arrived with 10 tons of tent supplies to provide displaced families with temporary shelter.
This mission was a response to an official request from the go
Service members from Camp Lemonnier and the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa delivered hundreds of shoes to children in Djibouti, September 18, 2009.
The shoes were donated by children from Manchester United Methodist Church in Manchester, Missouri and the 374th Comptroller Squadron at Yokota Air Base in Japan.
A total of 285 pairs of flip-flops were collected by Manchester United Methodist Church's Children's Summer Mission Project, a church group consisting o
Officers of the Ugandan Senior Command and Staff College visited Camp Lemonnier from September 7 to 11, 2009 to learn about Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa's staff, coalition and regional partners' missions, operations, and execution of staff functions.
"The purpose of the visit was to expose the officers to the Combined Joint Task Force operations setting, which are a part of their curriculum in their studies," said Ugandan Peoples' Defence Force Lieutenant Colonel
Since its commencement in 2004, the Military & Family Life Consultant (MFLC) program has grown, with a representative on nearly every military installation stateside. Now the program has extended to other locations, including Camp Lemonnier, the headquarters of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa in Djibouti.
"For the first time, a MFLC program has been implemented in such a remote location as Camp Lemonnier on the continent of Africa," said Valerie Lubin, U.S. AFRICOM quality o
Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army's 4-414th Civil Affairs Battalion delivered more than 1,000 books to rural schools near Tanga, Tanzania, August 24, 2009.
"Today we went to three schools ... two primary schools and a secondary school and did book drops," said U.S. Army Captain Bernice Logan, Team Four's team leader. "We work with the government officials of Tanzania to try and find out where the need is. Once we get a list, we put together a plan of action, call the headmast
U.S. service members participating in exercise MEDFLAG 09 donated 6,200 South African Rand (about $800) worth of food and toys to 65 children, ranging in age from one to 15 years old at Emmanuel Khayalethu Orphanage in Swaziland, Aguust 14, 2009.
MEDFLAG is a joint and combined military exercise led by U.S. Army Africa in support of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to improve medical disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance management. During the exercise, both U.S. and Swazi per
Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF), U.S. Army Africa, and U.S. Africa Command (USARAF) concluded the two-week MEDFLAG 09 exercise with a closing ceremony at USDF headquarters in Manzini, Swaziland on August 14, 2009.
MEDFLAG is a joint and combined military exercise led by U.S. Army Africa in support of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) to improve medical disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance management. The exercise consisted of three phases: classroom training; a mass casu
Zamzam Ahmed Dinbil was asleep in a second floor bedroom, her one-year-old daughter beside her, when the fire began that destroyed 21 homes and displaced 126 people in the Quarter 7 BIS neighborhood in the Boulaos commune of Djibouti on August 10, 2009.
"My house was the first to catch fire," stated Dinbil as she stood in the charred shell of a building, she, her husband, Moustapha, and their two young children call home. When neighbors pounded on her door early Monday morning
Thirty-one students from eight countries graduated from the Maritime Center of Excellence (MCE) at Bandari College in Mombasa, Kenya August 7, 2009.
The graduation marked the completion of the second group to attend the three-week course.
MCE, sponsored by Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), is the result of coordinated efforts between U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Naval War College, the Global Maritime and Transportation School, and Kenya Ports Authority's Ban
Africa Partnership Station (APS) Arleigh Burke arrived in Tanzania's largest city today, marking the final stop of the guided-missile destroyer's APS initiative in South and East Africa.
While in port at Dar es Salaam, USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) will participate in community relations projects and office calls with local officials. The ship will also host tours for invited guests and a reception aboard the ship.
Arleigh Burke is deployed as part of the multinational APS in