Congressional Delegates Tour Camp, Meet Servicemembers
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Feb 26, 2011) - More than 10 U. S. legislators from six states visited Camp Lemonnier February 26, 2011.
The group, led by Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, stopped in Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia, before arriving in Djibouti. The delegation met with U.S. military personnel and foreign leaders to discuss partnership efforts in the region, according to officials.
The delegation met with several servicemembers from their respective states, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) leadership, and received a mission brief.
During the visit, Inhofe praised the mission of CJTF-HOA and the work being done to advance the security and stability of the region.
“The mission you’re doing goes beyond prevention,” said Senator Inhofe. “Our presence in Djibouti is huge, and your efforts are appreciated.”
Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes’ comments mirrored those of the senator’s.
“I think folks in AFRICOM are doing a great job. Individuals back home don’t always get to see the full results of what we’re doing,” said Congressman Forbes. “It’s difficult to put in precise terms all the good work that we’re doing – this is a great mission.”
Of the dozen servicemembers who met their state’s representative, Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Martinez was particularly pleased.
“I appreciate the moment,” said Martinez. “This was my first time meeting [Arkansas Senator John Boozman]. We talked about my home town, snow storms and avoiding deer on the roads. It made me kind of feel like I was at home.”
After the groups’ brief visit, they departed for their next stop – Israel; where they were scheduled to meet with American and Israeli security officials.