Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony

Susan Craig, right, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Marine Corps Maj. Heath Ruppert, Craig’s co-pilot, speak with Djibouti Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, during a reunion with Djiboutian soldiers at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Former U.S. Marine Corps Pilot and Co-pilot speak with Djibouti Armed Forces Susan Craig, right, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Marine Corps Maj. Heath Ruppert, Craig’s co-pilot, speak with Djibouti Armed Forces Maj. Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, during a reunion with Djiboutian soldiers at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The Djiboutian soldiers rescued Craig and Ruppert following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Military members applaud during an award presentation at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, March 25, 2014. Military Members Applaud during Award Presentation at Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony Military members applaud during an award presentation at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, March 25, 2014. During the ceremony, the Humanitarian Service Medal was presented to four Djiboutian soldiers for their assistance after the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Attendees applaud during an award presentation at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Attendees Applaud during Award Presentation at Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony Attendees applaud during an award presentation at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. During the ceremony, the Humanitarian Service Medal was presented to four Djiboutian soldiers for their assistance after the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, gets emotional during a moment of silence at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Former U.S. Marine Corps Pilot gets Emotional during Moment of Silence Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, gets emotional during a moment of silence at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. During the ceremony, the Humanitarian Service Medal was presented to four Djiboutian soldiers for their assistance after the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Commanding General Speaks during Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, speaks during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. During the ceremony, the Humanitarian Service Medal was presented to four Djiboutian soldiers for their assistance after the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
The Humanitarian Service Medal is displayed along with other medals on Djiboutian army Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh’s uniform after the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Humanitarian Service Medal is Displayed on Djiboutian Army Sgt. The Humanitarian Service Medal is displayed along with other medals on Djiboutian army Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh’s uniform after the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The Humanitarian Service Medal was presented to four Djiboutian soldiers for their assistance after the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Djiboutian army Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh holds a letter he had written and carried for five years in search of the two survivors he rendered assistance to after a helicopter crash, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Djiboutian Army Sgt. holds Letter Written and Carried during Search of Two Survivors Djiboutian army Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh holds a letter he had written and carried for five years in search of the two survivors he rendered assistance to after a helicopter crash, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The Djiboutian soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Marine Corps Maj. Heath Ruppert , Craig’s co-pilot, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson receives a Joint Service Achievement Medal before the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, March 25, 2014. Staff Sergeant receives Joint Service Achievement Medal Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson receives a Joint Service Achievement Medal before the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, March 25, 2014. Thompson was the key player in ensuring the Djiboutian soldier’s heroic actions were formally recognized. The Djiboutian soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Marine Corps Maj. Heath Ruppert , Craig’s co-pilot, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard. Thompson is with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion.
Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson is recognized during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, March 25, 2014. Staff Sergeant is Recognized during Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson is recognized during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, March 25, 2014. Thompson was the key player in ensuring the Djiboutian soldier’s heroic actions were formally recognized. The Djiboutian soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Marine Corps Maj. Heath Ruppert , Craig’s co-pilot, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard. Thompson is with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion.
Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson holds a letter with Djiboutian army Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, after the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Staff Sergeant holds Letter with Djiboutian Army Sgt. Staff Sergeant Luke Thompson holds a letter with Djiboutian army Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, after the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Younis wrote and carried the letter with him for five years in search of the two survivors he rendered assistance to after a helicopter crash. Thompson was the key player in ensuring the Djiboutian soldier’s heroic actions were formally recognized. The Djiboutian soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Marine Corps Maj. Heath Ruppert , Craig’s co-pilot, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard. Thompson is with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion.
Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar, left, Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, Cpl. Youssouf Afgada Said and Mohamed Abdi, standing in for his brother Sgt. Ahmed Abdillahi Djama, salute during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony where they were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Djiboutian Soldiers salute during Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar, left, Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, Cpl. Youssouf Afgada Said and Mohamed Abdi, standing in for his brother Sgt. Ahmed Abdillahi Djama, salute during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony where they were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and her co-pilot, Maj. Heath Ruppert, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, senior enlisted leader for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, holds Civilian Awards for Humanitarian Service for four Djiboutian soldiers during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on March 25, 2014. U.S. Senior Enlisted Leader holds Civilian Awards for Humanitarian Service U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, senior enlisted leader for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, holds Civilian Awards for Humanitarian Service for four Djiboutian soldiers during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on March 25, 2014.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, congratulates Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on March 25, 2014. Commanding General congratulates Djiboutian Army Capt. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, congratulates Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, on March 25, 2014. Darar was one of four Djiboutian soldiers who rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and her co-pilot, Maj. Heath Ruppert, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar, right, Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, Cpl. Youssouf Afgada Said and Mohamed Abdi, standing in for his brother Sgt. Ahmed Abdillahi Djama, acknowledge the audience during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony where they were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Djiboutian Soldiers acknowledge the Audience during Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar, right, Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, Cpl. Youssouf Afgada Said and Mohamed Abdi, standing in for his brother Sgt. Ahmed Abdillahi Djama, acknowledge the audience during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony where they were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and her co-pilot, Maj. Heath Ruppert, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Susan Craig, right, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Maj. Heath Ruppert, left, Craig's former co-pilot, applaud a group of Djiboutian soldiers who were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Former U.S. Marine Corps Pilot and Co-pilot applaud Group of Djiboutian Soldiers ) Susan Craig, right, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and Maj. Heath Ruppert, left, Craig's former co-pilot, applaud a group of Djiboutian soldiers who were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service at the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The soldiers rescued Craig and Ruppert following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.
Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar, left, Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, Cpl. Youssouf Afgada Said and Mohamed Abdi, standing in for his brother Sgt. Ahmed Abdillahi Djama, applaud the speaker during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony where they were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Djiboutian Soldiers applaud Speaker during Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony Djiboutian army Capt. Hoch Omar Darar, left, Sgt. Younis Ahmed Douleh, Cpl. Youssouf Afgada Said and Mohamed Abdi, standing in for his brother Sgt. Ahmed Abdillahi Djama, applaud the speaker during the Djiboutian Soldier Recognition Ceremony where they were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014.
Djiboutian Defense Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh delivers remarks during a ceremony where a group of Djiboutian soldiers were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. Djiboutian Defense Minister delivers Remarks during Ceremony Djiboutian Defense Minister Hassan Darar Houffaneh delivers remarks during a ceremony where a group of Djiboutian soldiers were awarded the Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, March 25, 2014. The soldiers rescued Susan Craig, a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, and her co-pilot, Maj. Heath Ruppert, following the Feb. 16, 2006 crash of two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters off the coast of Djibouti, which killed 10 of the 12 personnel aboard.

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