Beyond the pride one carries by simply being a member in today's all-volunteer U.S. military, there is no greater honor for a service member than accomplishing a challenge in an expeditionary environment, especially when that achievement is normally accomplished by a different branch than the one you serve.
This statement holds especially true when attached in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, a forward-deployed base comprised of airmen, sailors, soldiers and Ma
As the four-wheel drive vehicles shuddered and lurched over the rocky dirt road, Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 caught a glimpse of the Kontali village as it appeared on the horizon, nearly hidden by the mid-day sun, October 1.
The small village, which sits atop a hill overlooking a vast expanse of dry land, was bustling with activity as villagers hurried to make the final preparations for a futbol game and cultural festival held for the Seabees.
"They [the S
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The American Red Cross opened the doors to its first station in Africa, September 28, as part of an ongoing effort to provide quality service to military members and civilian employees at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
The station, dedicated solely to Camp Lemonnier personnel, will enable the Red Cross to bring previously unavailable capabilities to the military installation and its personnel.
"The Red Cross will provide training on health and safety, disaster preparedness and readines
A year of anticipation gave way to children dancing and singing during the Mkokoni Primary School dedication at Mkokoni, Kenya, September 21.
"Our children will now be afforded a better education," said Charles Mzee Joseph, Mkokoni Primary School head teacher.
The dedication of one new school building and three renovated buildings was attended by students and community members, as well as members of the Kenyan Ministry of Education, the U.S. Embassy and the Combined Joint
U.S. sailors from the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron (MAREXSECRON) Two recently escorted the USS Carney (DDG-64) into the Gulf of Tadjoura, Djibouti.
The escort was conducted during the hottest part of the day, temperatures reached over 100 degrees Fahrenheit from the direct sun rays as well as those reflecting back up off the water. Still, sailors donned body armor and set off into the stale salty humid air and choppy waters of the gulf.
"We took a two-boat element o