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Planting Peace With Partners

U.S. service members helped cultivate valuable relationships during a recent event to plant "peace trees" in the village of Damerjog, Djibouti. 

A service member shovels as another holds a sapling in a hole, as civilians stand and watch.
Planting Circle
Navy Cmdr. Phillip Lieberman, Camp Lemonnier’s command chaplain, plants a tree during a “peace tree” planting event in Damerjog, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2022.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Sippel
VIRIN: 220107-N-AW702-0006

Community leaders hosted U.S., Italian and Djiboutian service members along with residents of the area for the beautification project and community relations event. 

Two U.S. service members talk with two Italian service members by a newly planted sapling.
Cultivating Partnership
U.S. and Italian service members participate in a tree-planting project with Djiboutians in the village of Damerjog, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2022.
Photo By: Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements
VIRIN: 220107-Z-JO181-006R
A soldier plays games with a child as other children surround.
Fun and Games
Army Spc. Tristan Znati plays with children during a tree-planting event in Damerjog, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2022.
Photo By: Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Sippel
VIRIN: 220107-N-AW702-0012C

U.S. service members operating from Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, regularly train and work with allied and partner nations, coalition forces and organizations in the region. The tree-planting project demonstrated how they not only help advance security in East Africa, but also enhance the well-being of their neighbors in Djibouti.

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Along with the tree-planting efforts, there was time to help seeds of friendship take root.

A soldier kneels and holds up his hands as a child punches one of them.
Hit Me With Your Best Shot
Army Sgt. Micah Gardner interacts with a Djiboutian child during a tree planting in the village of Damerjog, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2022.
Photo By: Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements
VIRIN: 220107-Z-JO181-015R
A soldier and some kids laugh together while standing outside.
Sharing a Laugh
Army Spc. Tristan Znati interacts with Djiboutian children during a tree planting in the village of Damerjog, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2022. The planting of “peace trees” as a beautification and community relations project brought together Djiboutian citizens and multinational forces.
Photo By: Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements
VIRIN: 220107-Z-JO181-016R
A female soldier gives a high-five to a child as other children watch.
High Five
Army Spc. Heather Pearson, A Co., 1-116th Infantry Battalion, Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, interacts with children during a tree planting event in the village of Damerjog, Djibouti, Jan. 7, 2022. The planting of “peace trees” brings together the host nation and multinational forces through beatification and community relations.
Photo By: Army Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements, Army National Guard
VIRIN: 220107-Z-JO181-012C

 

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