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I was also hoping to share some things and teach them some things that they had not previously known through that all-hands call.
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - While visiting the flight line, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Marines of Heavy Marine Helicopter 461 stationed here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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Photo 1 of 7: CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - While visiting the flight line, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Marines of Heavy Marine Helicopter 461 stationed here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) Download full-resolution version
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel during lunch at the Bob Hope Memorial Galley here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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Photo 2 of 7: CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel during lunch at the Bob Hope Memorial Galley here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) Download full-resolution version
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (April 21, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited with U.S. Seabees, soldiers and airmen here April 21 as part of his visit to U.S. Africa Command. During his visit Battaglia met the AFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force -Horn of Africa senior enlisted leaders and conducted a series of town hall meetings discussing total force matters. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes)
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Photo 3 of 7: DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (April 21, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited with U.S. Seabees, soldiers and airmen here April 21 as part of his visit to U.S. Africa Command. During his visit Battaglia met the AFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force -Horn of Africa senior enlisted leaders and conducted a series of town hall meetings discussing total force matters. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes) Download full-resolution version
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 21, 2012) - Service members listen to U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak on total force fitness during an all-hands call at Camp Lemonnier's Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility 11 Degrees North here April 21. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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Photo 4 of 7: CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 21, 2012) - Service members listen to U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak on total force fitness during an all-hands call at Camp Lemonnier's Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility 11 Degrees North here April 21. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) Download full-resolution version
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman,  Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives his coin to several U.S. Army soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, Task Force Raptor, during his visit here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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Photo 5 of 7: CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives his coin to several U.S. Army soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, Task Force Raptor, during his visit here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) Download full-resolution version
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (April 21, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits with U.S. Navy Seabees at a school-building project here April 21 as part of his visit to U.S. Africa Command. During his visit Battaglia met the AFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa senior enlisted leaders and conducted a series of town hall meetings discussing total force matters. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes)
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Photo 6 of 7: DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (April 21, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits with U.S. Navy Seabees at a school-building project here April 21 as part of his visit to U.S. Africa Command. During his visit Battaglia met the AFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa senior enlisted leaders and conducted a series of town hall meetings discussing total force matters. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes) Download full-resolution version
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets U.S. Army soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, Task Force Raptor, during his visit here April 22.  Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
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Photo 7 of 7: CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets U.S. Army soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, Task Force Raptor, during his visit here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss) Download full-resolution version
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - While visiting the flight line, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with Marines of Heavy Marine Helicopter 461 stationed here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with U.S. Marine Corps, Navy, Army and Air Force personnel during lunch at the Bob Hope Memorial Galley here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (April 21, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited with U.S. Seabees, soldiers and airmen here April 21 as part of his visit to U.S. Africa Command. During his visit Battaglia met the AFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force -Horn of Africa senior enlisted leaders and conducted a series of town hall meetings discussing total force matters. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 21, 2012) - Service members listen to U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, speak on total force fitness during an all-hands call at Camp Lemonnier's Morale, Welfare and Recreation facility 11 Degrees North here April 21. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman,  Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives his coin to several U.S. Army soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, Task Force Raptor, during his visit here April 22. Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)
DIRE DAWA, Ethiopia (April 21, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, visits with U.S. Navy Seabees at a school-building project here April 21 as part of his visit to U.S. Africa Command. During his visit Battaglia met the AFRICOM and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa senior enlisted leaders and conducted a series of town hall meetings discussing total force matters. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes)
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (April 22, 2012) - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets U.S. Army soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, Task Force Raptor, during his visit here April 22.  Battaglia visited personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all service members deployed here. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lael Huss)

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, made his first trip as the SEAC here April 21 - 22 to visit personnel assigned to Camp Lemonnier, Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa and other tenant commands.

The primary purpose of the SEAC's visit was to tour the area of operations and assess the morale and well-being of all soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed here. To make the initial assessment, Battaglia hosted an all-hands call for about 500 personnel that focused on force readiness and total force fitness.

After his briefing, the SEAC made time for a question-and-answer session. "I learned a lot of things from the troops, which was my primary purpose of coming out here," said Battaglia. "I was also hoping to share some things and teach them some things that they had not previously known through that all-hands call."

During Battaglia's 2-day visit to the area of operations, he traveled to Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, and meet with a civil affairs team there. He viewed the efforts they are making within the local community, but more specifically at the St. Augustine's Orphanage for Girls.

"It was quite refreshing, as one of the military leaders, to see our troops at work," said Battaglia.

He said the rapport built with the children was evident in the reaction and look on every little girl's face when the service members walked in.

"How happy they were and the twinkle in their eye showed the relationship that they have built with the U.S. personnel," Battaglia said. "I am just extremely impressed with the work, effort, energies and tenacity of our personnel here for accomplishing a very, very important mission in a large area of responsibility. It was refreshing and rewarding to see them in action."

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