Senior military leaders from Japan, Italy and the U.S. attended a Combined Joint Forces Senior Enlisted Leader Professional Development (CJFSELPD) course in Djibouti, June 8, 2016.
Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa welcomed U.S. Army Brig. Gen Kurt L. Sonntag and said farewell to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Mark Stammer during a change of command ceremony April 13, 2016, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. U.S. Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commanding general for U.S. Africa Command, presided over the ceremony.
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Butler Kendrick Jr. assumed responsibility as the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, succeeding U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Claudell Taylor, during a Relinquishment of Authority ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, June 19, 2015.
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.