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Video: Duty in Djibouti Dec. 14, 2012

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Welcome to another edition of duty in Djibouti. I'm SSgt Sara Weeks. U.S. Military and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members work together as they train on Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Identification. MC2 Cody Boyd also shows up how CJTF-HOA sets up a Forward Headquarters Element. And, as always we have the weekly Shoutouts! Also available in High Definition.

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This work, Duty in Djibouti Dec. 14, 2012, by PO2 Cody Boyd, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.14.2012

Date Posted:12.15.2012 10:02AM


Video ID:193482





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