Djiboutians, Coalition, US Members Take Part in Djibouti Pride

DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Marine Sergeants Steven Duran and Christopher Townsend, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa communication specialists, pick up trash outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during a Djibouti Pride Initiative, November 5. The initiative, which involved collecting  and removing trash from the area outside the camp, brought together locals as well as Djiboutian, coalition and Camp Lemonnier service members.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Stephen Linch) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Marine Sergeants Steven Duran and Christopher Townsend, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa communication specialists, pick up trash outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during a Djibouti Pride Initiative, November 5. The initiative, which involved collecting and removing trash from the area outside the camp, brought together locals as well as Djiboutian, coalition and Camp Lemonnier service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Stephen Linch)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - Djiboutians, coalition members and Americans pose for a group photo during a Djibouti Pride Initiative, November 5. The initiative, which involved collecting and removing trash from the area outside the camp, brought together locals as well as Djiboutian, coalition and Camp Lemonnier service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Stephen Linch) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - Djiboutians, coalition members and Americans pose for a group photo during a Djibouti Pride Initiative, November 5. The initiative, which involved collecting and removing trash from the area outside the camp, brought together locals as well as Djiboutian, coalition and Camp Lemonnier service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Stephen Linch)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Franken, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, and Sami Trabelsi, CJTF-HOA military operations analyst, pick up trash outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. The trash clean-up, which involved local Djiboutians, coalition partners and U.S. service members, was called the Djibouti Pride Initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Michael Franken, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa commander, and Sami Trabelsi, CJTF-HOA military operations analyst, pick up trash outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. The trash clean-up, which involved local Djiboutians, coalition partners and U.S. service members, was called the Djibouti Pride Initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Reese Ritter, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa surgeon cell senior enlisted leader, rolls a tire up a hill outside the perimeter of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. Ritter joined more than 200 service members from the camp for the Djibouti Pride Initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Reese Ritter, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa surgeon cell senior enlisted leader, rolls a tire up a hill outside the perimeter of Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. Ritter joined more than 200 service members from the camp for the Djibouti Pride Initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Army Brigadier General William Glasgow, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa deputy commander, rakes trash during a Djibouti Pride Initiative outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. Glasgow joined more than 200 U.S. service members for the road beautification event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - U.S. Army Brigadier General William Glasgow, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa deputy commander, rakes trash during a Djibouti Pride Initiative outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. Glasgow joined more than 200 U.S. service members for the road beautification event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton)
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - British Army Colonel Mike Scott, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa plans deputy commander, carries trash to a collection point outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. The initiative, which involved collecting and removing hundreds of bags of trash from the area outside the camp, brought together locals as well as Djiboutian, coalition and Camp Lemonnier service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton) CJTF-HOA Photo DJIBOUTI, Djibouti (Nov. 5, 2011) - British Army Colonel Mike Scott, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa plans deputy commander, carries trash to a collection point outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, November 5. The initiative, which involved collecting and removing hundreds of bags of trash from the area outside the camp, brought together locals as well as Djiboutian, coalition and Camp Lemonnier service members. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jarad A. Denton)

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 Lemonnier commanding officer.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sergeant James Davis, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, echoed Hurst's sentiment, saying "when we talk about building partner nations, this is where it starts … coming outside the gate and showing that we are part of the Djiboutian community."

Although this is the first road beautification effort in recent history, it will not be the last.

"This is just the beginning of the Djibouti Pride Initiative," Hurst said. "It is going to be a continued effort."

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