NMCB 11 Rest For Culture and Friendship in Djiboutit

Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erick S. Holmes

NMCB 11 Det. Horn of Africa, Public Affairs

April 4, 2009

    GRANDE DOUDA, Djibouti – Seven Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Det. Horn of Africa, out of Gulfport, Miss., participated in a cultural celebration at the Ecole de Douda Primary School April 2.

    The celebration is to welcome the spring season in Djibouti and starts the school's spring break.

NMCB 11 began work at the school, installing a 1,500-liter water storage cistern and is currently adding a new dining facility, enhancing cleanliness to the school.  With the crew of Seabees working six days a week at the school, the school wanted to thank the crew by inviting them to celebration, according to Moussa Guedi Idriss, Ecole de Douda 5th Grade Teacher.

“Americans help and always do anything for the school we ask,” explained Idriss.  “And we are friends, we wanted them here today.”

    “They asked us to join them the day before the event and we decided to share something with them,” explained Builder 2nd Class Randall Davis, project crew leader.  “Brought in some of my wife's homemade cookies she sends me and the crew brought in other snacks and drinks,” Davis said.

The sharing of cultures is an example of the positive relationship Americans are building with Djiboutians, said Idriss.  “Davis and I are friends and [because of that] he helped us.”

The crew took a break from their work day and watched the students sing, dance and laugh on their last day of school.  “I like other cultures and participating in unique stuff like this,” said Davis.  “I'm glad we got a chance to.”

    NMCB 11 Det. Horn of Africa is currently on a six-month deployment to the Combined joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) area of operations, working in four separate countries.

The service members of CJTF-HOA, headquartered in Djibouti, employ an indirect approach to counter violent extremism. Through a strategy of cooperative conflict prevention the task force helps build the internal capacities of countries at risk to prevail against extremists exploiting instability.

 
Utilitiesman 3rd Class Joshua Kondradowicz, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa, double-checks measurements at the Ecole de Douda Primary School.  NMCB 11 is currently building a new dining facility for the school.           Builder 3rd Class Gwennette Jamerson and Construction Electrician 2nd Class mark Lahey, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa, cut rebar for a project.  NMCB 11 is adding a new dining facility to the Ecole de Douda Primary School.
 
Construction Electrician 2nd Class mark R. Lahey, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa, cuts rebar for the Ecole de Douda Primary School project.  NMCB 11 is currently adding a new dining facility to the school.    Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa sweep debris at the Ecole Ali Sabieh Primary School.  NMCB 11 is currently repairing facilities at the school.
 
Construction Electrician 2nd Class mark R. Lahey, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa, cuts rebar for the Ecole de Douda Primary School project.  NMCB 11 is currently adding a new dining facility to the school.    Builder 2nd Class Randall Davis, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa, participates in a song and dance celebration at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.
 
Builder Constructionman Leslie Keen and Builder 3rd Class Gwennette Jamerson, assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa, participate in a song and dance celebration at the Douda de Ecole Primary School.   Seabees assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 11 Detachment Horn of Africa share homemade food and other snacks with students at the Ecole de Douda Primary School.  NMCB 11 participated in a song and dance celebration at the school. 
(U.S. Navy photos by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Erick S. Holmes) 
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