Djibouti celebrates 39 years of independence

Members of Djibouti Armed Forces stand at attention before the start of the Djibouti Independence Day parade, June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of Djibouti Armed Forces stand at attention before the start of the Djibouti Independence Day parade, June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
A Djiboutian band member plays a clarinet during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Service members from all Djiboutian military branches participated in the parade along with law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A Djiboutian band member plays a clarinet during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Service members from all Djiboutian military branches participated in the parade along with law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Members of the Djibouti Armed Forces shout cadences while marching during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of the Djibouti Armed Forces shout cadences while marching during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh stands in front of Djibouti’s national flag during the playing of the country’s national anthem June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh stands in front of Djibouti’s national flag during the playing of the country’s national anthem June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks with Tom Kelly, U.S. Ambassador for Djibouti, during the Djiboutian Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti.  This year marks the 39th year that Djibouti separated from the French to become its on nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks with Tom Kelly, U.S. Ambassador for Djibouti, during the Djiboutian Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. This year marks the 39th year that Djibouti separated from the French to become its on nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Members from multiple branches of the Djibouti Armed Forces march in unison during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Service members from all Djiboutian military branches participated in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members from multiple branches of the Djibouti Armed Forces march in unison during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Service members from all Djiboutian military branches participated in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Members of the Djiboutian Armed Forces shout cadences while marching during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of the Djiboutian Armed Forces shout cadences while marching during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Today marked the 39th year since Djibouti declared its independence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
A Djiboutian police officer displays acrobatic skills during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. The parade included marching units from each of Djibouti’s military branches and law enforcement, as well as armored vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A Djiboutian police officer displays acrobatic skills during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. The parade included marching units from each of Djibouti’s military branches and law enforcement, as well as armored vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Audience members clap and repeat cadences while watching the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Thousands of Djiboutian citizens came to the event to watch the demonstrations by the Djiboutian military and law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Audience members clap and repeat cadences while watching the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Thousands of Djiboutian citizens came to the event to watch the demonstrations by the Djiboutian military and law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Members of the Djiboutian Armed Forces march in sync during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27. 2016, at Djibouti. Service members from all Djiboutian military branches participated in the parade along with law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Members of the Djiboutian Armed Forces march in sync during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27. 2016, at Djibouti. Service members from all Djiboutian military branches participated in the parade along with law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
A Djiboutian band marches down the street during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. The band was the first of many participants in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image A Djiboutian band marches down the street during the Djibouti Independence Day parade June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. The band was the first of many participants in the parade. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)
Crowds fill bleachers to watch the Djibouti Independence Day parade, June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Thousands of Djiboutian citizens came to the  event to watch the demonstrations by the Djiboutian military and law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.) Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Image Crowds fill bleachers to watch the Djibouti Independence Day parade, June 27, 2016, at Djibouti. Thousands of Djiboutian citizens came to the event to watch the demonstrations by the Djiboutian military and law enforcement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Eric Summers Jr.)

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