News: NMCB 3 Seabees Attend Traditional Esa Dance in Djibouti Africa
DIKHIL, Djibouti - U.S. Navy Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3, Combined Joint Task Force, Horn of Africa, were invited to watch a traditional Esa Dance held by locals at a Djiboutian army base here, April 20.
The festival was held to celebrate and share Djiboutian culture, such as dance arts and crafts, with guests and visitors.
On a Djiboutian army base in Dikhil, local children performed a traditional Esa Dance for the Seabees and other guests. Near the dancers was a table with many wooden crafts, jewelry, and colorful fabrics for guests to view.
Major Idris of the Djiboutian army welcomed the Seabees and thanked them for coming to the festival.
“I feel very happy you are here,” said Idris. “Dikhil is your home too.”
“I felt privileged to partake in their culture,” said Lt .j.g. George Fischer NMCB 3 officer in charge. “We didn’t have the songs translated, but it seemed like they told a story. There was a lot of emotion and energy.”
During the festivities, the Esa dancers encouraged the Seabees to participate in the dances. “I did enjoy seeing the Seabees being invited to dance and have a good time,” said NMCB 3 Seaman Ryan Ruhland
NMCB 3 is an expeditionary naval construction element currently assigned to U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet's Command, Combined Joint Task Force 68, to provide construction, engineering, and security services that support national strategy, naval power projection, humanitarian assistance and contingency operations.
Date Posted:05.23.2012 10:13
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