“I feel that it’s important to remember that we (CJTF-HOA) work to assist in helping make positive changes here, one family at a time, and then one community at a time.” said West.
West said a memorable experience during his time at Camp Lemonier was when he and his flight crew were able to spend an hour or so of their time playing football with the local children while on assignment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He said that this experience was not just about spending time playing a game of football, but about building relationships with the people here in Africa.
“If you are out there in a community, such as when we were in Addis, and you take even 10 minutes of your time with the people from that community to build a relationship with them, then you have done something positive,” said West.
Change always has to start somewhere, and the members of the unit tried to do their part by volunteering time to projects and community issues to make a difference for the people here in Africa, said West.
When he is not focused on work, West enjoys spending his free time thinking about his family, and looking forward to his returning home and spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, running 14-18 miles every few days, watching the news and reading books.
After more than 43 years of service, West has earned the time to reflect and enjoy the fruits of his labor.