More than 500 Ugandan residents attended the dedication of a new concrete bridge --one that will improve the lives of thousands by providing them with year-round access to the market and aiding in the delivery of humanitarian supplies.
U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Anthony M. Kurta, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) commander and a speaker at the dedication, said it was the collective talent and skill of the service members from the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF)
Captain William E. Finn assumed command as the ninth Camp Lemonnier commanding officer during a change-of-command ceremony on May 20, 2009.
Finn, a 23-year Navy veteran, assumed command from Captain Patrick J. Gibbons, who had been the commanding officer since June.
"We have indeed accomplished a great deal in the past year," said Gibbons.
Gibbons said that focus and the teamwork concept have helped him achieve success throughout his entire career.
"The efforts of ord
Celebrities visited service members at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti during the Hollywood Handshake Tour May 15-16, 2009.
Christian Slater, Zac Levi, Joel Moore, and Kal Penn made the visit to personally thank members for their sacrifice and dedication.
"I have such a respect for the military," said Zac Levi of NBC's action series "Chuck." "To be a part of something so important, not just to our country but to the whole world, I really think it's cool."
The line to meet
Seabees assigned to the Gulfport, Mississippi-based Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11, Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 11 Det. HOA) maintain what they call Civil Engineer Support Equipment, or CESE. That equipment is used daily by Seabees in construction and other operations in direct support of the Djibouti-based Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa mission.
"If we have to order a part to a forklift, it has to be ordered from the United States and it takes two weeks to get
Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 11, Det. HOA), from Gulfport, Mississippi, have completed work on a concrete bridge of major importance to residents of Aroma and continue to work on a second one nearby.
The crew of Seabees built the Aromo low-water crossing bridge over a small river, replacing a lighter bridge that washed out during the last seasonal high floods and heavy rainfall. The bridge will once again connect the village of Arom
Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 Detachment Horn of Africa (NMCB 11, Det. HOA), from Gulfport, Mississippi, have completed work on a concrete bridge of major importance to local residents in Walela, Uganda and continue to work on a second one nearby.
The crew of Seabees built the Walela low-water crossing culvert bridge over a small river, replacing a lighter bridge that washed out during the last seasonal high floods and heavy rainfall. The bridge will once again con
U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 completed construction on a concrete, low-water crossing here May 7, 2009.
Completion of the culvert bridge at Walela will be of great benefit to local residents, according to Uganda Peoples' Defense Force (UPDF) Lieutenant B.Y. Gala. "This is a great development for the people of Uganda and this region and a great achievement for the U.S. Navy and the UPDF," Gala said.
Gala led a group of UPDF engineers who
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) dedicated a new hospital during a ceremony in Pader, Uganda on May 5, 2009.
Construction on the hospital began after CJTF-HOA representatives visited the area in 2007 and asked local officials what would most help citizens in the area. The hospital was among the Ugandans' requests.
"This is a very important day for Pader District," said Pader District Local Government Chairman Odok Peter w'Oceng. "We