The Camp Lemonnier Multicultural Heritage Committee (MHC) kicked off its final event for Black History Month two days early with an exhibit highlighting African-American contributions February 24, 2010.
Don Dodson, Camp Lemonnier Information Tickets and Travel Systems, owns the collection, which made its fourth public appearance on Camp Lemonnier. The exhibit displayed hundreds of magazines such as Jet, Ebony, Ebony Jr, and Tan, various comic books, stamps, coins, and newspaper article
General William E. "Kip" Ward, commander, U.S. Africa Command, held an all-hands meeting with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa team members February 10, 2010, during a routine visit.
Responding to a question from the audience, Ward emphasized that he does not intend to create any additional U.S. military joint task forces in Africa. "[G]iven the level of engagement that we're asked to do and our ability to resource those engagements, we're about where we nee
Volunteers from Camp Lemonnier spent time playing sports, making beaded bracelets and necklaces, coloring pictures and handing out shoes to students at the Guelleh Battal school in Djibouti, February 13, 2010.
The 50 volunteers who went out to this school are known as the Community Assistance Volunteers or CAV; this is the second time they've gone to the Guelleh Battal school to spend time with the children.
Mahamed Ahmed Abdillahi, Camp Lemonnier's Community Relations adv
Six Ethiopian air force officers visited with servicemembers to discuss airdrop procedures, February 8 to 12, 2010.
The visit was part of a continuing engagement between Ethiopian officers and aircrew from the 449th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) and the 81st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. The previous meeting, held in Ethiopia in December 2009, was a step towards Theater Security Cooperation by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), 17th Air Force and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa.
U.S. Army General William E. Ward, commander of U.S. Africa Command, visited Camp Lemonnier where he met with Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa leadership, led an all-hands call, and presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new "Enduring Ramp" apron February 10, 2010.
While welcoming the new staff, Ward spoke of the mission CJTF-HOA has and the "wonderful opportunity" to make a positive impact for security in this region of the continent.
"CJTF-HOA builds friendsh
Camp Lemonnier personnel and Djiboutian business and government leaders participated in a Djiboutian business leadership meeting, February 3, 2010.
The event was attended by U.S. Navy Captain William Finn, Camp Lemonnier commanding officer; James Swan, U.S. ambassador to Djibouti; and Mr. Said Omar Moussa, Chamber of Commerce president in Djibouti, along with local business leaders.
"We had the meeting with several senior leaders in the Djiboutian government," said Finn.
With all the academic work, Mission Rehearsal Exercise and months of preparation behind them, the majority of the new core staff for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa officially begins work February 4, 2010. Made up mostly of Navy Individual Augmentees and two Army members, the 59 new core staff members fill positions including commander, deputy commander, chief of staff, command element commanders and other key positions, including those in remote operating bases in East Africa.
Instructors from U.S. Army Europe recently taught courses for 22 soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa that will enable them to better mentor African land forces.
Soldiers from U.S. Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment underwent four weeks of training offered by instructors from the 7th Army Combined Arms Training Center in Vilseck, Germany. Two courses were taught, including the Army basic instructor course and small group instructor
Troops stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti were treated to a visit by cast and crew of the Hollywood hit movie, "Avatar," January 31, 2010.
Actors Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, and Stephen Lang with producer Jon Landau toured Camp Lemonnier, signed autographs and took photos with troops during their visit.
"We know that what we do in Hollywood is only possible because of the sacrifices you troops do overseas," said Landau.
After the autograph session, service membe