Djiboutian, CJTF-HOA counterparts meet to enhance professional development

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. John Hilton, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Fusion Action Cell lessons learned officer, speaks to senior enlisted leaders of the Djibouti Armed Forces Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Key leaders shared knowledge with Djiboutian SELs during their first visit to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) Djiboutian, CJTF-HOA counterparts meet to enhance professional development U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. John Hilton, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Fusion Action Cell lessons learned officer, speaks to senior enlisted leaders of the Djibouti Armed Forces Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Key leaders shared knowledge with Djiboutian SELs during their first visit to the base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)
Royal Army Sgt. Victoria McIndewar, British Intelligence Corps, briefs senior enlisted leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and the Djibouti Armed Forces Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The visit consisted of two briefings covering current conditions in Somalia and the African Union mission to neutralize Al-Shabaab and stabilize the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) Djiboutian, CJTF-HOA counterparts meet to enhance professional development Royal Army Sgt. Victoria McIndewar, British Intelligence Corps, briefs senior enlisted leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and the Djibouti Armed Forces Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The visit consisted of two briefings covering current conditions in Somalia and the African Union mission to neutralize Al-Shabaab and stabilize the country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)
Sgt. Maj. Ibrahim Yabeh, Djibouti Armed Forces senior enlisted leader, speaks with other SELs Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Visits like this are intended to develop U.S. and other countries’ military leaders by facilitating professional growth and networking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) Djiboutian, CJTF-HOA counterparts meet to enhance professional development Sgt. Maj. Ibrahim Yabeh, Djibouti Armed Forces senior enlisted leader, speaks with other SELs Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Visits like this are intended to develop U.S. and other countries’ military leaders by facilitating professional growth and networking. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick, CJTF-HOA command senior enlisted leader, answers questions from Djibouti Armed Forces SELs Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. These visits enable key leaders to share best practices to develop as more effective military leaders while strengthening the partnership between the two countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton) Djiboutian, CJTF-HOA counterparts meet to enhance professional development U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick, CJTF-HOA command senior enlisted leader, answers questions from Djibouti Armed Forces SELs Dec. 29, 2015, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. These visits enable key leaders to share best practices to develop as more effective military leaders while strengthening the partnership between the two countries. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)

Senior enlisted leaders of the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, for the first time Dec. 29, 2015, to meet with command senior enlisted leaders of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

The leaders convened with the intent of sharing their professional advice and networking with influential military figures from the host nation.

“We’re here for leadership development,” said U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick, CJTF-HOA command senior enlisted leader.

The visit consisted of several briefings, a meal at the military dining facility and a base tour.

 “We do what we can to ensure they have the skillset and capability to provide what they can for their country without us being by their side,” Kendrick said. “In the long run, we enable our partners to protect and defend their country without needing the assistance of coalition partners.”

The main focus of the briefings was the current situation in Somalia and the African Union mission there to neutralize Al-Shabaab and stabilize the country.

“We received knowledge about the region and more information that we didn’t have before,” said Sgt. Maj. Ibrahim Yabeh, a FAD senior enlisted leader. “We’re very grateful to participate and share the information.”

Along with providing important information, the partnerships built and strengthened between the leaders is also vital for ensuring mission success.

“If we show them how things are done by [U.S. forces], it’s up to them to take information back to use in their military, their culture and their country,” Kendrick said.

Kendrick emphasized that visits like these are important to the development of U.S. and coalition partners’ military leaders. Key leaders share best practices and attendees are encouraged to implement what they want amongst their forces.

“[Developing as leaders] is why we’re here,” Yabeh said. “I’m [excited] to give all the information I’ve learned to my people, and I hope the sharing of information and culture will continue.”

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