by Staff Sgt. Stephen Linch CJTF-HoA
DJIBOUTI, Djibouti – Hundreds of Djiboutian, coalition and U.S. service members, as well as local residents, came together outside the Camp Lemonnier fence line to clean up the area, Nov. 5.
Participants collected and removed trash from the Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport perimeter road as part of a road beautification effort, called the Djibouti Pride Initiative.
Beautifying the area around Camp Lemonnier is just a part of being good neighbors, said U.S. Navy Captain Scott Hurst, Camp Lemonnier commanding officer.
U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Davis, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa command senior enlisted leader, echoed Hurst’s sentiment, saying “when we talk about building partner nations, this is where it starts … coming outside the gate and showing that we are part of the Djiboutian community.”
Although this is the first road beautification effort in recent history, it will not be the last.
“This is just the beginning of the Djibouti Pride Initiative,” Hurst said. “It is going to be a continued effort.”
Pictured: U.S. Army Sgt. Bangone Sihongheune, 1st Battalion 161st Field Artillery Kansas Army National Guard administration non-commissioned officer, picks up trash outside Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, during a Djibouti Pride Initiative, Nov. 5. Sihongheune, along with more than 200 Camp Lemonnier service members, volunteered to be a part of the road beautification effort.