The U.S. Marine Corps is arguably one of the most revered institutions within the U.S. Department of Defense. So, when Combined Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) leadership recently welcomed members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) into the U.S. Marine Corps Corporals Course, it was a distinct honor.
Last Sunday, more than 115 million Americans gathered with friends and family to watch the championship game of the National Football League -- the Super Bowl. The big game has become somewhat of a 'de facto holiday' in the United States. Regardless of whether their own favorite teams are playing in the game or not, football fans gather around televisions for one of the biggest social events in American culture. And here, in Djibouti, thousands of miles from home, American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines are no different. The big game remains a strong part of who we are as Americans, and sports fans, wherever our military service takes us.
As we make our way around engaging with Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, it's easy to see that we have an incredible team. SgtMaj Skinner and I are continually impressed by the people, the accomplishments, and the positive attitudes that are common sights in the workspaces, on the flight line, in the back shops, and everywhere standing watch. It's our people - and their first line supervisors - that make CJTF-HOA a great place to be deployed.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. took command of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa from U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell during a change of command ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Jan. 14, 2014. U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, U.S. Africa Command commander, presided over the ceremony.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Commander, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, visited Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Nov. 21-22, 2012, to meet with Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leaders and Airmen.
While visiting, Breedlove hosted an Airman's call to discuss deployments and the CJTF-HOA mission.
"The first message from me is thank you for what you're doing here â? [and being] away from your families for the holidays," he said. "What you all have