FAD in Djibouti Celebrates 36th Year

Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, addresses Djiboutian media June 5, 2013, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White) CJTF-HOA Photo Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, addresses Djiboutian media June 5, 2013, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White)
Djibouti Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed; Minister of Defense Hassan Darar Houffaneh, Djiboutian Armed Forcess†(FAD); Chief of Defense Gen. Fathi Ahmed Houssein, and FAD Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, pass and review on the parade field June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White) CJTF-HOA Photo Djibouti Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed; Minister of Defense Hassan Darar Houffaneh, Djiboutian Armed Forcess†(FAD); Chief of Defense Gen. Fathi Ahmed Houssein, and FAD Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, pass and review on the parade field June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White)
Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell (center), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander, socializes with a fellow distinguished visitor June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the Djiboutian Armed Forcess†(FAD) 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White) CJTF-HOA Photo Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell (center), Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander, socializes with a fellow distinguished visitor June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the Djiboutian Armed Forcess†(FAD) 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White)
The Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Marching Band performs during a parade June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, in celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White) CJTF-HOA Photo The Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Marching Band performs during a parade June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, in celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White)
Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Arta Military Academy Soldiers march the parade field June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White) CJTF-HOA Photo Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Arta Military Academy Soldiers march the parade field June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White)
Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Special Forces soldiers sing their national anthem as they march the parade field June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White) CJTF-HOA Photo Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Special Forces soldiers sing their national anthem as they march the parade field June 5, 2013, at Camp Cheik Osman, Djibouti, during a celebration of the FADDâ€s 36th anniversary. The FAD was created June 6, 1977, 21 days before Djibouti became an independent country. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sergeant Kelly White)

During a ceremony June 5 at the Djiboutian Armed Forces (FAD) Camp Cheik Osman Parade Field in Djibouti, Africa, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa leaders joined Djibouti's prime minister and hundreds of Djiboutian military defenders in celebration of the FAD's 36th anniversary.

"Today is the birthday of the Djibouti Army," said FAD Chief of Staff Gen. Zakaria Cheikh Ibrahim, "a celebration of the creation of the Djiboutian Armed Forces in 1977.

"On that day Djibouti Army was (formed of) militia, some rebels and parts of the army from the French," the general explained. "The Djibouti Army was settled 21 days before the independence (of the country), so the month of June is very important for us because of two major events â? June 6 was the creation of the Djiboutian Army and June 27 is Independence Day."

Among the CJTF-HOA leaders in attendance was Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell, the commander.

"It's my pleasure to be here to honor this important day in the history of our host nation," Ferrell said. "The pride and professionalism FAD service members have displayed here today reflects their devotion to the citizens of Djibouti, and their ever-increasing military discipline and capabilities reflect also their determination to prevent violent extremists from gaining a foothold in their country and across East Africa.

During the ceremony, the FAD marching band performed and led 10 FAD units in a camp parade.

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