Service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa communicate daily with Djiboutians, but some CJTF-HOA members communicate via a different medium. The media in particular are music and art, and both are programs now in full swing through collaboration with the Institute of the Djiboutian Arts.
The program gives Djiboutians and Americans a new way to exchange cultures and enhance music and art skills and knowledge by meeting to paint and play instruments together.
U.S. soldiers and sailors waved miniature American flags as they welcomed America's newest citizens into their ranks.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelan Scott and U.S. Army Sergeant Joel Lara raised their right hands and swore the Oath of Allegiance to the United States in front of other U.S. service members during a naturalization ceremony at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, January 25.
"This was pretty cool," said Scott, a utilitiesman with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion
With tears in his eyes, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Dominique Pierre paused before recounting a 30-year journey that led him to his greatest life lesson.
"You never know where people come from," he said. "That's why you have to respect them."
The lesson took him from his birthplace on a remote island of Haiti to the streets of Miami and finally to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, where he currently serves with the Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 4, ens
More than 800 students at Ali Sabieh Primary School 3 and Doudoubalalah Primary School 81 in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti, received backpacks Jan. 16.
The children were among more than 5,000 students at 16 schools in the Ali Sabieh area to receive backpacks from U.S. service members from the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, who spent two weeks delivering the backpacks.
The backpacks, which are inscribed with a phrase in French which means, "Education is a fundamental righ
A photo essay by U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Lael Huss.
A photo essay by U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Jonathan Steffen
Tanzanian medical providers working in partnership with U.S. service members from Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa provided medical care to more than 2,100 Tanzanian women and children during a Medical Civil Action Program January 9 - 13.
The 5-day MEDCAP was conducted in the villages of Mtimbwani, Duga Maforoni, Mwakajembe and Daluni in the Tanga region in northeast Tanzania in coordination with the Tanzania People's Defense Force and local police.
"This is a very i
"Marines are America's '911 force,'" said U.S. Marine Corps Colonel Eric Steidl, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit commander, as he stood atop an overlook patiently waiting for the Marines from the Battalion Landing Team 22nd MEU to begin their assault on the objective.
On this day, the Battalion Landing Team's training objective was to conduct a raid in an area containing a simulated improvised explosive device factory, while collecting as much information as possible fro
The Maritime Civil Affairs Team 205 was invited to participate in the Kenyan Independence Day Celebration in Lamu, Kenya, December 12.
Known as Jamhuri Day, the celebration marked the 48th anniversary of the country's independence from Great Britain.
"It's a very diverse, but close-knit community," said U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Matthew White, MCAT 205 team chief. "They are eager to share their culture with us."
The close working relationship forged between the
Locals, dignitaries and Djiboutian and U.S. service members gathered at Camp Harbi, December 29, to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Alo Aska Library, which is located near the camp in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti.
"This library helps a lot," said Omar Idriss, Alo Aska Library board member and local middle school English teacher. "It is one of, if not the only source, here in Ali Sabieh where the students can go and read something."
The event featured guest speakers, singing, skits p
U.S. Army Specialist Tiffany Larriba held her hands in front of her, fingers closed, as children from Karabti San, Djibouti, waited in eager anticipation, January 3.
Suddenly, Larriba smiled and raised six fingers.
"Six," the children exclaimed in unison.
This was the children's second exposure to learning the English language through a program Larriba, a team member with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Team 4902, 490th Civil Affairs Battalion and Dallas, Texas, native, cal
As the early morning sun rose above the rocky mountain peaks, January 3, its bright rays reflected off the white eco-dome being constructed in the remote village of Karabti San, Djibouti.
Once completed, the eco-dome is projected to stand 21-feet tall and serve as either a community health clinic or school.
“This action is a great job,” said Hamdou Mohamed, Karabti San local and construction foreman. “We are still in the middle of the work. We are doing a good job, but the dome wi