By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW/AW) Julia A. Casper, Camp Lemonnier Public Affairs
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Supply Systems Command Global Logistics Support (NAVSUP GLS), Rear Adm. James McNeal, toured Camp Lemonnier (CLDJ) during a scheduled visit to the Horn of Africa area of operation (AOR), June 19.
McNeal's visit focused on increasing his understanding of supply operations at CLDJ. McNeal also spoke with Sailors during an all-hands call and toured CLDJ's growing building expansion projects.
"It is important that I visit with Sailors and congratulate them on the job that they're doing here to support the fleet," said McNeal.
During the all-hands call, McNeal answered questions, spoke with Sailors about various topics that are specific to this AOR, and even recognized individuals who have gone above and beyond with their primary responsibilities.
"There are a lot of moving parts that go beyond Camp on a daily basis," said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist La Dala, Camp Lemonnier's logistics senior enlisted leader. "It is our junior Sailors that make this happen. I am glad he could take the time to recognize them."
McNeal also took a site tour of CLDJ's supply spaces to better recognize the demand that the supply department encounters daily.
"This was a great opportunity for him, (McNeal) to physically see the challenges we have to endure here," said Dala. "We support more than Camp personnel. We support every ship that comes into port here in this AOR which can be an arduous task at times."
CLDJ's logistics department handles more than 12,000 pallets and 105,000 pounds of cargo, including service members' mail to aircraft parts weekly.
"The supply department maintains operations and provides the logistics support that the Navy requires to do its job," said McNeal. "This is a very busy area of the world and these Sailors here are focused on providing the fleet everything they need to support the Navy's mission and support the Global War on Terrorism."
Camp Lemonnier supports Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and other tenant commands protecting United States interests in Africa and provides full spectrum individual support to personnel stationed on Camp Lemonnier. Camp Lemonnier partners with its host nation, Djibouti, to be a valued part of the community by fostering long-term common interests.