U.S. Marines from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, and French forces from the 5th Marine Regiment participated in an assault climbers course here July 19 - 30.
U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Chris Brueggeman, 24th MEU assault climbing instructor, facilitated the training for the French and U.S. Marines.
"The Marines were conducting assault climber refresher training as well as bilateral training with the French in assault climbing skill
U.S. Marine Corps Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Smith assumed the role as the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa senior enlisted leader from Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Davis July 15.
As the senior enlisted leader, Smith's responsibilities include serving as the principal advisor to the CJTF-HOA commander on all issues affecting the health, morale, welfare and professional development of more than 1,800 Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps personnel.
U.S. Air Force Col. David Harris Jr. assumed command of the 449th Air Expeditionary Group in a change of command ceremony July 23.
"The Air Force will continue to amaze," were U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Lee's parting words as he passed the command to Harris.
Harris told the members of the 449th AEG "I had the privilege to meet many of you over the past week, and what stood out to me the most was the professionalism and the pride that we take and the mission focus th
U.S. Navy and Air Force personnel at Camp Lemonnier integrated their security forces into one cohesive unit July 1.
The overall purpose of this integration was to enhance security efforts on camp. Before the integration, the two branches had separate areas of security responsibility, which presented a few challenges.
U.S. Air Force Col. Dean Lee, 449th Air Expeditionary Group commander, mentioned lack of communication and coordination between security elements and overlapping zone
Nearly 200 newly-commissioned Japanese naval officers visited Camp Lemonnier July 13 to learn more about their coalition partners serving in and around the Horn of Africa.
Djibouti was one of several port calls for these officers, who recently embarked on their first sea tour in the waters around East Africa to help promote stability in the region.
"This is their first five-month-at-sea tour where they are going to take all of the training they have done and put it in to practice,
U.S. and Comorian army soldiers partnered together to participate in a five-day Noncommissioned Officer Development Seminar at the National School of Army and Gendarmerie June 12-16.
Three U.S. Army and 25 Comorian noncommissioned officers participated in the seminar that covered basic NCO skills. Noncommissioned officers from both countries shared best practices and learned new, more efficient ways to lead their troops.
The seminar allowed participants to share their perspectives