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Camp Lemonier, Djibouti Challenge Coin
Camp Lemonier (or Camp Le Monier) is a United States Navy base, specifically a Forward Operating Site, situated in Djibouti and is home to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) of the United States Central Command. It was established as the primary base in the region for the support of Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa (OEF-HOA). It is a former military barracks of the French Foreign Legion. After negotiations in February 2001, the Djiboutian government allowed for the base's use by the United States, providing for demining, humanitarian, and counter-terrorism efforts, and it now serves as the location from which United States and Coalition forces are operating in the Horn of Africa. The agreement made by officials from the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti signed an access agreement with the Djiboutian government for not only use of the camp, but the nearby airport and the port facilities as well.
This coin salutes the fine servicemen and women who serve or have served at Camp Lemonier in their support of the U.S. Navy. Minted in a proprietary brass alloy and given an antique finish, this coin is then imbued with colorful and durable enamel. It comes packaged in a polybag with a header card.