Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian Zimmerman, an operations NCO from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, works with children during an English Discussion Group in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brian Zimmerman, an operations NCO from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, works with children during an English Discussion Group in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Linson, the senior medic for 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, leads an English Discussion Group in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Linson, the senior medic for 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, leads an English Discussion Group in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
A child writes the alphabet during an English Discussion Group led by U.S. Army Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center A child writes the alphabet during an English Discussion Group led by U.S. Army Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Linson, the senior medic for 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, leads an English Discussion Group in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Linson, the senior medic for 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, leads an English Discussion Group in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Children use reading aids during an English Discussion Group led by U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Company, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center Children use reading aids during an English Discussion Group led by U.S. Army Soldiers from Bravo Company, 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)
Children participate during an English Discussion Group led by U.S. Army Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel) Civil affairs Soldiers continue tradition in Tadjourah with Centre De Femmes empowerment center Children participate during an English Discussion Group led by U.S. Army Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa in Tadjourah, Djibouti, Feb. 12, 2019. More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the group where students develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Shawn Nickel)

TADJOURAH, Djibouti -- Variety is the spice of life, and with a variance of English language skills and understanding comes a competitive edge in career choices and life choices.

East African children and adults in Tadjourah, Djibouti, meet weekly with U.S. Army civil affairs Soldiers led by Bravo Company, 404th CA Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, in conjunction with the Centre De Femmes, an empowerment center, in information exchanges called English Discussion Groups.

“I love working with the groups here as a whole whether it is the children or adults,” said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Willie Linson, the senior medic for 404th CA Battalion. “It’s been a very rewarding part of the deployment for me to work with the people and experience the way they live and work.”

More than 90 Djiboutian youth and adults attended the English Discussion Group Feb. 12, where local participants develop practical linguistic and rhetorical skills through conversation with English-speaking U.S. service members.

The civil affairs unit holds weekly EDGs across the country; however, the EDG in this region is one of the longest-running programs and has been continuous since 2014.

Linson said that it’s extremely exciting and will bring more opportunities for the communities to learn and grow together. He added it’s extremely impressive that the local participants are so dedicated because it’s often a long commute on foot for them to attend.

The topic of the discussion was a continuance of previous groups and expanded on a self-description in paragraph form. However, Linson stressed that these exchanges are not a set curriculum, but more a flow of conversation that can take any direction.

“Really it’s about community and developing relationships,” he said. “They are excited to have any discussion and are always hospitable to any conversation that comes up.”

AEDG success story is Ilias Hachi, a Balbala, Djibouti local who works on Camp Lemonnier. He said he had a very difficult time learning English. It was the encouragement of his mother and the help of an embassy employee who first started EDGs, which helped him overcome the hurdle of learning English.

Serving under the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, the CA battalion’s mission is spread across the combined joint operations area, ranging from veterinarian and medical assistance training to security training, in countries like Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, to English discussion groups here in Djibouti -- all while working with leaders to foster a safe, stable and secure Africa. 

Tags

We suggest

New Jersey Army National Guard Task Force Warrior assumes CJTF-HOA SECFOR mission

U.S. Army Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard, known as Task Force Warrior, assumed control of security responsibilities from 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, known as Task Force Alamo, for Combined Joint Task Force–Horn of Africa during a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 15, 2019.

CJTF-HOA defense liaison officer earns European Union Medal

A U.S. Army major assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa earned the Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal for Planning and Support from the European Union Feb. 23, 2019. Maj. Aaron Testa, who serves as the defense liaison officer to the U.S. Embassy in Bangui, Central African Republic, received the medal from Portuguese Maj. Gen. Hermínio Maio, mission force commander of the European Union Training Mission-Central African Republic, during a ceremony in Bangui.

CJTF-HOA staff share weapons techniques

Joint personnel and eight foreign liaison officers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa participated in weapons familiarization at the Djibouti Range Complex, Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 16, 2019.

CJTF-HOA hosts 2019 Capstone cohort

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa hosted a Capstone Military Leadership Program for newly-promoted, U.S military general and flag officers from around the globe at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 13-14, 2019.

Djibouti officials, U.S., coalition forces meet to coordinate emergency response effort for future crisis

Joint personnel assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) hosted an Emergency Response Information Exchange (ERIE) multinational discussion from Feb. 12-14, 2019.