SecAF makes first visit to Djibouti

Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, met with military members during her tour of the country, Nov. 12, 2015. She took time to speak to Airmen individually and learn what they do and how they support the East African fight against terrorism.



By DeCook, Dan R. Tech. Sgt. Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Nov 14, 2015
View Gallery
fallback
Gallery contains 5 images

Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Djibouti -- Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James met with Airmen and senior leaders stationed at Camp Lemonnier and the U.S. Embassy, as well as senior members from the Djiboutian military, during her first visit to the country Nov. 12, 2015.

During her trip to the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti, James learned the role the Djiboutian military plays in defense of the country and what the government of Djibouti and the embassy are doing for refugees coming from Somalia and Yemen.

“We have seen more than 400 American citizens come to Djibouti as refugees from Yemen,” said Amb. Tom Kelly, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti. “The Djiboutians have, without a doubt, helped us save American lives.”

After leaving the embassy, James met with Airmen from Camp Lemonnier and CJTF-HOA at Chebelley Airfield.

Camp Lemonnier is U.S. Africa Command’s primary base of operations in Africa, and CJTF-HOA is responsible for a 10-country, 2.4-million-square-mile combined joint operating area in East Africa. Its members engage with partner-nation militaries to help defeat violent extremist organizations and increase security and stability throughout the region.

“You’re doing such important work here and all over this region,” said James. “This is the hub of antiterrorism operations in Africa and many other areas of responsibility.”

James also went on to address her top priorities as the Secretary of the Air Force.

 

“There are many people-issues that the Chief of Staff Gen. Welsh and I work on, but none more important than stopping the downsizing we have been going through in the Air Force,” said James. “In my judgment we are as low as we can possibly go so our number one priority going forward is to make sure that we don’t end up downsizing anymore.”

After addressing several other personnel related issues, James then turned to the second of her top three priorities–balancing readiness and modernization.

“Readiness today means training, making upgrades to our ranges and infrastructure.  It’s also about funding current missions,” said James. “That’s the story of today but it’s also about looking to tomorrow and what key technologies we need to invest in and what new aircraft we need for our aging fleet.”

James concluded her speech hitting on the final of her top priorities–making every dollar count.

“Make every dollar count. I always put that in my top three because we are all tax payers,” said James. “We all need to be as efficient as we can be going forward and ensure we make every dollar count.”

As her visit came to a close, James took time to speak to Airmen individually and learn what they do and how they support the East African fight against terrorism.

“We were able to communicate exactly what our mission is here and how we are contributing,” said Master Sgt. Charles Warrington, 449th Air Expeditionary Group First Sergeant. “She got to see the challenges we face, but also the many benefits we provide to the region.”

More in Media Room
U.S. donates 24 armored vehicles to support allied troops in Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited foreign partners in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 3, 2022, to hand over 24 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) at the ATMIS Headquarters.
Read more
Civil Affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22' in South Africa
More than 75% of people in Africa rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of this is made up of livestock such as chickens, cattle, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys. Without proper medical care, many of these animals will suffer from treatable diseases. The same can be said for domestic animals such as dogs and cats. For military veterinarians in Africa, part of their mission is to assist the local populace with the health of their animals and protect the public health from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and bilateral training exercise that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province July 11-27, 2022.
Read more
Civil Affairs improves herd health in East Africa
Members of Alpha company 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion collaborated with the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, and other volunteers, to conduct a Herd Health Veterinarian Engagement in the village of Chabelley, August 3-4, 2022.
Read more
More in Media Room
U.S. donates 24 armored vehicles to support allied troops in Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited foreign partners in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 3, 2022, to hand over 24 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) at the ATMIS Headquarters.
Read more
Civil Affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22' in South Africa
More than 75% of people in Africa rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of this is made up of livestock such as chickens, cattle, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys. Without proper medical care, many of these animals will suffer from treatable diseases. The same can be said for domestic animals such as dogs and cats. For military veterinarians in Africa, part of their mission is to assist the local populace with the health of their animals and protect the public health from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and bilateral training exercise that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province July 11-27, 2022.
Read more
Civil Affairs improves herd health in East Africa
Members of Alpha company 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion collaborated with the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, and other volunteers, to conduct a Herd Health Veterinarian Engagement in the village of Chabelley, August 3-4, 2022.
Read more
More in Media Room
U.S. donates 24 armored vehicles to support allied troops in Somalia
Mogadishu, Somalia - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), visited foreign partners in Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 3, 2022, to hand over 24 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC) to the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) at the ATMIS Headquarters.
Read more
Civil Affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22' in South Africa
More than 75% of people in Africa rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Most of this is made up of livestock such as chickens, cattle, goats, sheep, camels and donkeys. Without proper medical care, many of these animals will suffer from treatable diseases. The same can be said for domestic animals such as dogs and cats. For military veterinarians in Africa, part of their mission is to assist the local populace with the health of their animals and protect the public health from diseases that can be transmitted to humans. U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and bilateral training exercise that took place in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province July 11-27, 2022.
Read more
Civil Affairs improves herd health in East Africa
Members of Alpha company 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion collaborated with the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, and other volunteers, to conduct a Herd Health Veterinarian Engagement in the village of Chabelley, August 3-4, 2022.
Read more