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Our son is deploying to Djibouti as an IT for a year. I am wondering if there are any parents of sailors serving in Djibouti who could tell us about their son or daughters experiences there? Much Thanks!

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Ooops, that was a copy and paste slip--the two groups are a line apart in my document of groups--and I must not have read what I posted before I hit "Add Reply." This is what it should have posted:

There is a group, Sailors in Africa, which has not been active in a while or perhaps can start one.

(I just had to switch from my smart phone to reply so that I could paste and I somehow managed to delete my previous comment when I was on the Smart phone. It is way too touchy.)


my hubby was there for 8 months loved it!!!  Very safe base, and he got to see a lot of the local culture.  

Thanks for the message! It was reassuring. I hope my son will be able to see some of the area around the camp? I understand that there are excursions for the military serving there.

Melanie, they do have excursions. My daughter went to Tanzania during her first 6 months there and then Cape Town. 

Melanie, I sent you a message. My daughter was IA to Djibouti for 13 months and enjoyed her time there. 

Thanks so much. I hope they have activities or trips in different price ranges. I know my son wants to save money while being deployed but I would like him to see some things, maybe closer by.He is almost finished his 'army type' training (since he is Navy IT) and will soon leave for Africa.
I read on the Survival Guide that it might be advisable to bring a set of bed sheets and pillow case. Should I suggest that he pick up a set in Norfolk before he leaves? Thanks again!

Hello Melanie,

My son is in Djibouti too.  He is finishing up his deployment in October.  He said he's met a lot of nice people.  His only complaint is the days are long, his work schedule changes a lot (goes from working nights to days and has a hard time adjusting) and it is recommended you don't leave the base.  I'm looking forward to his homecoming but I am grateful that he isn't in a worse place.

My best to you and your family.

Terri Nicklas

Thanks Terri,
Our son comes home in February. He has settled in but mentioned the things your son has told you. I guess the temperature has been very hot. Good thing the CLUs are air conditioned. Our son is looking forward to getting home and back into his university studies! Enjoy having your son home in October.
Best wishes,

Hello Djibouti Moms.  My son is in SC currently preparing to deploy to Djibouti.  He's not worried, but this is his first overseas deployment and I'm concerned.  Most of the information I see is very reassuring.  Anybody have any thoughts about what life is like at Camp Lemmonier? Can I expect to see him during the year?  I have heard mixed information about the internet on base but the word on the galley is all good :)  My boy is an IS.  thanks all.

From what I've been told it is busy place. Because of the area, the service folks don't go off base much now except for official business. Once during the deployment they have several weeks off when they can travel or go home. at first our son said the food was really great but due to budget cuts it had to be downgraded somewhat. You can purchase internet access but it is not as good as stateside. Our son shares internet with his CLUmate and each pays half. (It's rather expensive) There are activities on base that sound fun. So all in all your son should enjoy his time in Djbouti.

laurelbc 11/180, My daughter is also IS and deploying to Djibouti in Nov. She will be at Ft. Jackson for combat training, then on to Djibouti.  I'm sure our sailors will cross paths as some point. Let's try to keep in touch!


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