U.S., Djiboutian Military Leadership Come Together for Iftar Dinner

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, speaks with Moez Testouri (middle) and Imam Adam Ibrahim, Camp Lemonnier designated Imam (right) at an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti. CJTF-HOA Senior Enlisted Leader Speaks with Camp Lemonnier Designated Imam (right) at Iftar Dinner

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bonnie Skinner, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, speaks with Moez Testouri (middle) and Imam Adam Ibrahim, Camp Lemonnier designated Imam (right) at an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti. Leaders from CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonnier, and the U.S. Embassy gathered with Djiboutian military leaders and their families for the celebration of the month-long Ramadan fasting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general (right)  and Mukhtar Mohamed, socio-cultural research advisor (middle) greets Djiboutian General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim at an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti. CJTF-HOA Commanding General Greets Djiboutian General at Iftar Dinner

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general (right)  and Mukhtar Mohamed, socio-cultural research advisor (middle) greets Djiboutian General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim at an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti. Leaders from CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonnier, and the U.S. Embassy gathered with Djiboutian military leaders and their families for the celebration of the month-long Ramadan fasting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, right, delivers remarks at an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Palace Hotel, Djibouti. CJTF-HOA Commanding General Delivers Remarks at Iftar Dinner

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commanding general, right, delivers remarks at an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Palace Hotel, Djibouti.  Leaders from CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonnier, and the U.S. Embassy gathered with Djiboutian military leaders and their families for the celebration of the month-long Ramadan fasting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

Attendees of an Iftar dinner pose for a group photo July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti. Attendees of an Iftar Dinner Pose for a Group Photo July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti

Attendees of an Iftar dinner pose for a group photo July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti. Leaders from CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonnier, and the U.S. Embassy gathered with Djiboutian military leaders and their families for the celebration of the month-long Ramadan fasting. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Leslie Keopka)

Djiboutian military leaders and their families gathered with leaders from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Camp Lemonnier and the U.S. Embassy for an Iftar dinner July 7, 2014, at the Kempinski Hotel, Djibouti.

The dinner was an opportunity for key partners to come together in unity, build on existing relationships, and create new friendships.

During the observance of Ramadan, many Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. The fast is broken just after sunset with an Iftar meal.

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne Grigsby, Jr., CJTF-HOA commanding general, spoke to the attendees during the dinner and commented that it was a great honor to celebrate with them.

Honored guests in attendance included General Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, head of the Djiboutian Army, and U.S. Ambassador Geeta Pasi.

To celebrate the feast, attendees ate a traditional Djiboutian meal that included Sambusa (fried or baked pastries with various fillings) and dates.

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