Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Deployment Packing List

Congratulations! You just found out you are coming to hot and dusty Camp Lemonnier. As far as deployment locations go, Camp Lemonnier is an awesome base. It can be hot, dusty, and isolated, but Djibouti is what you make of it. There are tons of opportunities to stay busy and fit. The food here is pretty…

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The History and Genealogy of the Shimer Family in America

History and Genealogy of the Shimer Family in America – Volume III History and Genealogy of the Shimer Family in America – Volume IV (1) History and Genealogy of the Shimer Family in America – Volume IV (2) History and Genealogy of the Shimer Family in America – Volume V (1) History and Genealogy of…

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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Living Conditions

I know that many of you are wondering about the Camp Lemonnier living conditions. The most basic way to explain the housing options on base is, “Rank hath its privileges.” If you are E-3 and below, my condolences. If you are O-4 and above, you probably already know your gonna have a good time. But…

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Camp Lemonnier Survival Guide: Reading List on Somalia

  The goal of this post is to give you some interesting readings and online resources before you deploy to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The readings will focus on the situation in Somalia. Our partnership with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM) means that knowledge of Somalia is essential if you are going to Combined…

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The Successes and Failures of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM)

Introduction In March 2017, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) will mark its tenth year on the ground in Somalia. Throughout its history, AMISOM has served as more of a warfighting operation rather than a peacekeeping operation. AMISOM started with 1,600 Ugandan troops deployed to Mogadishu to quell the expanding Islamic Courts Union. By…

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Kenya’s Sugar Industry and Food Security

  Introduction The dysfunction in Kenya’s domestic sugar industry is having a negative effect on food security in both Kenya and Somalia. In Kenya, poor agricultural practices and high production costs are negatively affecting the incomes of sugarcane farmers. The decreased income negatively influences the food security of smallholder sugarcane farmers in Kenya. In Somalia,…

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The UN Ban on Somalia’s Charcoal Exports: Helpful or Harmful?

“All Somali political units [clans] are based on kinship and are composed of men who trace descent through males to a common male ancestor from who they take their corporate name. Political affiliation is thus determined by agnatic descent and political divisions correspond to differences in agnatic origin.” M. Lewis, A Pastoral Democracy [1] Introduction…

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My Favorite Sci-fi Books for 2017

This is not a list of new sci-fi books of 2017. But a list of books you should read in 2017 if you haven’t already.  I have personally read most of these books. More specifically, I have read every book listed in bold. Some of these books a parts of series, I have listed the…

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My Affordable IKEA Standing Desk

I’ve wanted an affordable standing desk for a long time but never committed to the idea because all the options are so expensive. After using the Ivar system at IKEA to build some storage for my kitchen, I realized it would be a good option for a low priced standing desk. The total price of…

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How to Replace Headlights on a Jeep Cherokee

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If it is increasingly difficult to see the road while driving at night, it may be time for new headlights on your older Jeep Cherokee. Thankfully, the older Jeep Cherokee models have accessible headlights that are easy to replace at home. Jeep Cherokee models use the H6054 headlight. My mechanic brother recommended the below headlight…

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