Ask a group of 3rd grade children to read a geography book and you would likely see their arms crossing and bottom lips sticking out. However, ask that same group if they want to be pen pals with kids their age in Africa and they will become animated while smiling "from ear-to-ear."
The question was asked by Technical Sergeant Theodore Lee, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa's (CJTF-HOA) J6 small computers section, who became a catalyst for the exchange in an effort to stay
During a change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), April 28, 2010, Captain Darius Banaji relieved Captain Bill Finn as commanding officer of the only U.S. military installation on the continent of Africa.
The U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, James Swan; The Japanese Ambassador to Djibouti, Masiki Noke; Commander Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia, Rear Admiral David Mercer; Djibouti Deputy Defense Chief of Staff, General Hassan Ali Kamil; as well as nearly 200
The United States and the nations of the African Union share deep ties, both historical and modern, and have concluded first-ever high-level talks to discuss mutual interests and strategic partnership, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement April 22, 2010.
"This first round of talks covered the full range of U.S.-Africa priorities," the statement said. These priorities include: "promoting civilian democratic institutions; creating opportunity for the African people; improving
The first U.S.-African Union High Level Bilateral Meetings opened at the U.S. Department of State April 21, 2010, with the goal of broadening the U.S.-African Union (AU) relationship and deepening the level of engagement between both parties.
Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew welcomed the AU delegation, headed by the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping. The three-day session will include visits by the delegation to other U.S. government departments and talks with Ca
Sailors deployed in the Horn of Africa at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti (CLDJ), were able to overcome the desert heat and avoid treacherous mosquitoes while participating in the 2010 Spring command physical fitness Assessment (PFA), the first PFA ever administered at CLDJ.
"The senior leadership wanted this to happen," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Leo Godet, the camp's command fitness leader (CFL). "Even though we are in an expeditionary environment, holding a PFA helps remind perso
It comes in a box the size of a small living room, the Expandable Light Air Mobile Shelter is designed to fit everything from X-Boxes and a surround sound theater to wireless high-speed internet and satellite phones. The USO in a box will build morale and provide recreation to Seabees when they deploy to dig wells and build schools as well as other construction missions.
"It's great because it provides a satellite connection to home," said Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Holla
Knowing the HIV/AIDS epidemic at regional and national levels is the key to developing strategies for combating it, said health experts at the International Military HIV/AIDS Conference, April 13, 2010 in Arusha, Tanzania.
The second day of the conference kicked off a series of plenary sessions focusing on developing plans for improving HIV/AIDS surveillance and data use. International health experts spoke on the importance of knowing the HIV epidemic in both the military and civilian
The International Military HIV/AIDS Conference opened April 12, 2010 in Arusha, Tanzania bringing together representatives from 60 multinational militaries, including nearly 40 African militaries, to share information and work together in developing a joint strategy for combating the pandemic.
The four-day conference, co-hosted by the Tanzania People's Defence Force and the U.S. Department of Defense, represents one of the most inclusive international military partnerships ever unde
A Puerto Rico Army National Guard sergeant was remembered during a memorial service April 11, 2010. Sergeant Roberto Diaz Boria, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, died April 8 while stationed in Mombasa, Kenya. The cause of death is under investigation.
The service was filled to capacity. Among those attending were fellow 1-65th members, joined by representatives from the camp's joint forces including the Air Force, Navy, Army, and several coalition partners. The U.S Ambassad
USS Nicholas (FFG 47) captured suspected pirates on Thursday, April 1, 2010, after exchanging fire, sinking a skiff, and confiscating a suspected mother ship.
While operating west of the Seychelles in international waters, Nicholas reported taking fire at 12:27 a.m. local time from a suspected pirate skiff and returned fire before commencing pursuit of the vessel until the disabled skiff stopped.
At 1:59 a.m. personnel from Nicholas boarded the disabled skiff and detained three