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U.S. and Djibouti militaries strengthen relationship through a focus on fitness

1/7/2017
Teams comprised of U.S. military members stationed at Camp Lemonnier, and members of the Djibouti Armed Forces (FAD) Republican Guard engage in a series of friendly soccer matches at the Balbala Sports Complex in Djibouti City, Jan. 1, 2017.
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Commandant of the Marine Corps Visits Marines on Camp Lemonnier and USS Makin Island

1/7/2017
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller, 37th Commandant of the Marine Corps, spoke to Marines with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Sailors assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), on the flight deck of the Makin Island, in the Gulf of Aden, Dec. 23, 2016. The CMC also spoke with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa Marines and Sailors about the importance of their mission to preserve the assets of U.S. and partner-nations at Camp Lemonnier.
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Sniper platoons from the 11th MEU and French Marines conduct bilateral training during Exercise Alligator Dagger

1/1/2017
ARTA, Djibouti – The Arta Plage training grounds were quickly filled with 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) members during amphibious landings from Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), earlier this month, near Djibouti. Once on shore, the Marines wasted no time initiating training events associated with the month long Exercise Alligator Dagger.
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Women from CRS 11 receive holiday care packages

1/1/2017
U.S. Navy Coastal Riverine Squadron 11 members are all smiles after receiving care packages for female service members, Dec. 17, 2016, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The Religious Affairs Office received 12 packages from the Mission Beach Women's Club in San Diego and distributed them to the service members in CRS 11. The CRS 11 Sailors patrol the local port to protect high-value-assets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Penny Snoozy)
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Civil Affairs Soldiers aid Animal Health

12/28/2016
TADJOURAH, DJIBOUTI- U.S. Army Civil Affairs personnel teamed up with the International Development and Relief Board (IDRB) to produce a series of educational videos on the subject of animal health in a village near Tadjourah Dec. 15, 2016.
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5th MEB Commander visits CJTF-HOA

12/22/2016
5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Combined Task Force 51 Commander, Brig. Gen. Francis Donovan, and Command Sgt. Maj. Clifford Wiggins, 5th MEB and CTF-51 command sergeant major, meet with Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Deputy Commander, Rear Adm. William Wheeler and CJTF-HOA Command Senior Enlisted Leader, Command Master Chief Geoffrey Steffee during a visit to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti Dec. 20, 2016. In addition to meeting with CJTF-HOA and Camp Lemonnier leadership, Donovan observed joint training at the Djibouti Range Complex in Arta, and met with Sailors and Marines aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8). (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)
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Kicking it for a cause

12/19/2016
Eleven teams from six different countries gathered at the French school Kessel in downtown Djibouti Dec. 9, 2016, for a friendly soccer tournament supporting the Kick for Nick Foundation.
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Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group members receive visit from CJTF-HOA Deputy Commander

12/19/2016
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (Dec. 16, 2016) Rear Adm. William W. Wheeler, Deputy Commander, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, meets Sailors on the Makin Island’s underway quarterdeck during a tour aboard the amphibious assault ship. Makin Island is deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready group to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations to support maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. (U.S. Navy photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin M. Langer)
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Weather Balloon Launch in the Horn of Africa

12/12/2016
CAMP LEMONNIER, DJIBOUTI- U.S. Special Operations Airman launch a weather balloon to demonstrate weather data collection techniques to Djibouti officials at Camp Lemonnier, Dec. 8, 2016.
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11th Marine Expeditionary Unit members from the USS Makin Island are transported to shore via LCAC at Arta Plage, Djibouti

12/9/2016
U.S. Marine Corps members with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, are transported to shore via Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), Dec. 7, 2016, at Arta Plage, Djibouti. A MEU is a quick response force, which consists of Sailors and Marines on standby for immediate crisis response across the globe.
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726th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron contingency contracting officers expand vendor base with new asset

12/6/2016
DJIBOUTI – Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa contingency contracting officers, 726th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron, are supporting a recent initiative to extend its vendor base and spread economic opportunities to the people of Djibouti with the placement of a contracting bulletin board at a community gathering point, Dec. 6, 2016, near Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.
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U.S. Military officials gain insight of current operations and future endeavors during visit to Mogadishu.

12/3/2016
U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Barre Seguin, U.S. Africa Command director of strategy, plans, and programs, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Eric Vollmecke, the Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives, Joint Staff, receive a tour from Maj. Gen. Kurt Sonntag, Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, of an operation point for the U.S. Military on Dec. 1, 2016, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The tour gave the Generals insight of current operations and vision of future endeavors.
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CJTF-HOA and Camp Lemonnier members participate in the Joint Warrior Competition

11/24/2016
The Joint Warrior Competition started with a joint physical fitness test including pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, two-mile run, and five-mile ruck march. Members had to carry a minimum of 35 pounds during the march. After the joint physical fitness test, participants started the joint combat fitness test. The combat test was comprised of a low crawl, tourniquet application, buddy carry, radio medical evacuation, grenade toss, tire flip, ammo can carry, dead lift, and rope climb. Competitors also completed a Navy swim test and 400 word essay to round off the event.
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Tropical Medicine Course Comes to Camp Lemonnier

11/24/2016
U.S. personnel and medical providers from partner nations attend a course dedicated to military tropical medicine at Camp Lemonnier, 15 Nov. 2016. The Joint U.S. Military Tropical Medicine course is designed to train and instruct medical personnel in the practice of medicine for developing areas around the globe. The course covers topics such as malaria, HIV, yellow fever and other diseases.
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The French host a NEO exercise with CJTF-HOA members and international partners in Djibouti

11/22/2016
The NEO exercise gave the French and their guests the opportunity to practice an evacuation with international partners.
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Guests of U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti gather at his home during an Election Day breakfast

11/19/2016
Guests of U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti gather at his home during an Election Day breakfast, Nov. 10, 2016, in Djibouti, Djibouti. The event allowed political leaders, American community members, youth leaders, and members of the business community to participate in a celebration of American values and traditions.
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Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa members participate in French mud run

11/15/2016
Service members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa Civil Affairs competed in an obstacle-filled mud run hosted by the French military, Nov. 6, 2016, in Djibouti, Djibouti. The event allowed coalition forces from French, Japanese, and American teams to interact and build camaraderie while navigating a five kilometer course. The French 5th Marine Regiment team took first place.
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Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa leadership meets with international partners in Mogadishu

11/8/2016
MOGADISHU – Members of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) leadership traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, to meet with international partners, Nov. 2, 2016. The trip included individual, face-to-face discussions with key players in the Somalian defense sector and a group Defense Steering Committee meeting.
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Somalia National Police members gain marksmanships skills while training at a range in Djibouti

11/2/2016
Members of the Carabinieri and Somalia Police Force train at a shooting range in Djibouti, Djibouti, Oct. 30, 2016. The Carabinieri is in charge of training mission MAIDIT Somalia 6, which is the mission of training the Somali Police Force in order to promote the stability and security of the entire region of the Horn of Africa.
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Somalia National Police members gain marksmanships skills while training at a range in Djibouti.

11/1/2016
Members of the Carabinieri and Somalia Police Force train at a shooting range in Djibouti, Djibouti, Oct. 30, 2016. The Carabinieri is in charge of training mission MAIDIT Somalia 6, which is the mission of training the Somali Police Force in order to promote the stability and security of the entire region of the Horn of Africa.
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