"This is the Kennedy," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Albert "Boats" Perret, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa small boat tactics instructor, as he pointed to the schematics of a small boat, which were displayed on the far wall of a conference room overlooking the pier at Djibouti, Djibouti, November 23. "Its name has changed six times (to confuse the authorities) since it left Somalia on its way to this harbor."
Perret paused and scanned the class of Djiboutian Navy se
More than 35 service members and civilians representing several nations including the U.K., France, and United States, participated in a ceremony on Remembrance Sunday, November 13, at the Djibouti New European Cemetery here to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.
"These were young men … who gave their lives here," said British Army Colonel Mike Scott, the senior British military liaison officer with the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Afric
Djiboutian and U.S. representatives gathered at the Ecole de Quartier 5 School in Djibouti City for a dedication ceremony, Nov. 9.
The school, which was originally built and further renovated with assistance from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, provides primary education for 400 children, ages nine through 11.
"This school represents improvement of school conditions, a way to progression and a total education community," said Moussa Ahmed Hassan, Djiboutian
As the morning sun peered through a tangled web of acacia tree branches, service members from France and the U.S. sat on the rocky ground of the Grand Bara Desert near Goubetto, Djibouti, listening to an instructor detail proper caravan troop placement.
The lesson was part of the French military's 10-day Desert Survival Combat Course, November 1-10, which spanned more than 50 miles and included French Marines and U.S. service members.
"The aim of the training is to give the t
A Kenyan Ministry of State for Defense chaplain recently spent three weeks exchanging best practices with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier chaplains from multiple faiths to strengthen each other's military chaplaincy programs.
The second of three Kenyan chaplains to visit Camp Lemonnier during a familiarization program was KMoSD Chaplain (Major) Lucas Gatobu, a Catholic priest and Kenyan Air Force chaplain. He witnessed firsthand how his American counter
Djiboutian medical officers and U.S. service members joined French, German and Dutch Coalition forces during a dive-decompression injury drill at the French Naval Base, Djibouti, November 7.
The drill tested the ability of participants to organize medical rescue and respond to a diver suffering from decompression illness. With observers standing by, the diver in the water simulated a decompression injury by demonstrating vague, but typical, neurologic symptoms -which are similar the sy
As the sun slowly descended behind the mountains overlooking Chabelley Airfield, Djibouti, a small group of U.S. Marines quickly prepared their gear to turn a barren stretch of desert into a makeshift runway.
For the Marine Air Traffic Control Mobile Team (MMT), a six-man team from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, homeported at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, setting up an austere landing zone in time for an aircraft to safely land is just part of the job.
"We're marking an
Military medical providers from Kenya and the U.S. partnered with several non-governmental organizations to provide medical care to about 2,000 Kenyans during a Medical Civic Action Program August 24 - 31.
The eight-day MEDCAP was conducted in the villages of Mnazini and Assa in southeast Kenya. The villages lie in the rural Tana River district, which, like most of East Africa, is experiencing significant drought.
“This area has been hard hit by drought and famine,” said U.S. Army
For the first time in Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti's eight-year history, 12 U.S. Navy sailors stationed on camp were certified in the Information Dominance Warfare Specialist program - a branch of the Navy warfare qualification program focused on information dominance, October 21.
The sailors, seven active duty and five reservists, have worked since March 2011 to implement and participate in the IDWS program on camp.
"Regardless of what command (a sailor) is in, he or she needs to
Photo story by U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock
As the hot, African sun beat down on U.S. service members stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, a studious focus was evident as they quietly listened to the history of what is commonly known here as the "Cheetah Refuge."
"The actual name is DECAN Refuge," began Scott Johnson, co-founder of Camp Lemonnier Cheetah Refuge Volunteer Program. "It stands for Discover and Aid Nature; and is part of a larger organization called Association DECAN."
Numerous soldiers from the 1st Battalion
A photo essay by U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Marc I. Lane.
Hundreds of Djiboutian, coalition and U.S. service members, as well as local residents, came together outside the Camp Lemonnier fence line to clean up the area, November 5.
Participants collected and removed trash from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport perimeter road as part of a road beautification effort, called the Djibouti Pride Initiative.
Beautifying the area around Camp Lemonnier is just a part of being good neighbors, said U.S. Navy Captain Scott Hurst, Camp Lem
More than 2,200 students celebrated the dedication of two new school dormitories, October 11, in Chwele, Kenya.
The dormitories, located in Mbungoma East District, are for the Teremi Boys and Chwele Girls Secondary schools. The boys’ dormitory will house 1,400 students and the girls’ dormitory will house 840 students.
Representatives from the Kenyan District Commissioner’s Office, U.S. Embassy in Kenya and the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, as well as the Kenyan dire
A photo essay by Staff Sergeant Jamie Baxter.
5TH COMBINED OVERSEAS MARINES BATTALION, Djibouti - French and U.S. service members participated in the Tin Cat challenge, a physical competition that is unique to French Forces in Djibouti, at the French 5th Combined Overseas Marines Battalion, Djibouti, Oct. 30.
The name Tin Cat refers to a French saying where one achieves a high combination of strength and fitness, according to French Marine Major Thomas Pieau, 5th Combined Overseas Marines Battalion operations officer. "In one of ou
Photo Essay by U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Renae Saylock
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Forward Operation Location Kenyasi traveled to Suubi Children's Home in Entebbe, Uganda, to deliver stuffed animals October 15. Members of FOL Kenyasi volunteer at the children's home weekly. The stuffed animals were donated by Loving Hugs, an American organization based in Littleton, Colorado and founded by a former U.S. soldier who was inspired to help injured children in Iraq. Loving Hugs now partners with the U.S. Navy,
Nineteen Kenyan Army engineers from multiple units finished a five-day civil affairs field training exercise at the Amani Peace Operations Training Village in Embakasi, Kenya, October 21.
The soldiers participated in a series of scenarios designed and implemented by an instruction team made up of seven engineers from the Kenyan Army and facilitated by five U.S. Army soldiers from the 402nd Civil Affairs Battalion attached to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa. The exercise cove
Sailors and their furry, four-legged partners deploy all over the world with one mission: to detect and defend.
The working military dogs stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in the Horn of Africa ensure that mission is completed on a daily basis.
"The K-9 unit here is tasked with the protection of the base," said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Abraham, Camp Lemonnier master-at-arms and military working dog handler. "We keep an eye on anything that comes on and off bas