Vote for the Best AFRICOM Photo of February

Here are a few of our favorite photos from February. Vote for your favorite here or use the survey in the pop-up window!

USS Simpson arrives in Dakar for refueling

Senegal: USS Simpson arrives in Dakar for refueling

120207-N-IZ292-203: DAKAR, Senegal (Feb. 7, 2012) – Electronics Technician 3rd Class Jonathan Salas heaves a mooring line to a tugboat as the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) arrives in Dakar for refueling. Simpson, homeported out of Mayport, Fla., is currently conducting theater security cooperation and maritime security operations in the Naval Forces Africa area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Felicito Rustique/Released)

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Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit trains in Horn of Africa region

Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit trains in Horn of Africa region

Lance Cpl. Scott King takes a break during a patrol Jan. 29. The 19-year-old Riding Sun, Md., native operates an M88A2 recovery vehicle with Combat Logistics Battalion 11. The battalion provides logistics and services for the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The unit is currently deployed as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, a U.S. Central Command theater reserve force providing support for maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

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USS Simpson community service project in Lagos

Nigeria: USS Simpson sailors distribute books as part of Africa Partnership Station (APS)

LAGOS, Nigeria (Feb. 16, 2012) – Musician 3rd Class Andrew Francisco, assigned to the Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, plays the saxophone for school children from the Tomaro Junior Secondary School, while books were distributed by Sailors from the guided-missile frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) in support of Africa Partnership Station (APS) 2012. APS is an international security cooperation initiative facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Felicito Rustique/Released)

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Serviccemember reenlists underwater

Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater

GULF OF TADJOURA, Djibouti (Feb. 12, 2012) – U.S. Navy Lieutenant Scott Pennoyer reads (right) U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoff Shepelew, both of the 221st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 2, the Oath of Enlistment off the coast of Moucha Island, Djibouti, February 12. Shepelew chose to reenlist underwater while during his deployment to the Horn of Africa. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joseph A. Araiza)

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Djibouti: U.S. military checks on wells

ALI ADDE, Djibouti (Feb. 9, 2012) – Villagers demonstrate how to draw water from a community well they dug by hand to U.S. Army Sergeant Major Richard Erickson, U.S. Army 257th Engineer Team here, February 9. The 257th Engineer Team, in support of Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa, is visiting Ali Adde to conduct analysis of wells drilled by the U.S. military to assess their performance. Site data will help shape future water well-drilling operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Joseph A. Araiza/Released)

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Mali: Atlas Accord 2012

MOPTI, MALI — A Malian Air Force BT-67 drops helicopter boxes as part of aerial re-supply training during operation Atlas Accord near Mopti, Mali on Feb. 13, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Mark Henderson)

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Which photo is your favorite? Vote here!

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27 Responses to “Vote for the Best AFRICOM Photo of February”


  1. 1 ronnie March 9, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    i VOTE FOR : Eleventh Marine Expeditionary Unit trains in Horn of Africa region

  2. 2 Anonymous March 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Really???
    should social media been used in a better way. and by the way most of those pictures are not AFRICOM but the components

    • 3 AFRICOM March 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

      We love showing off the efforts of any and all service members working in the AFRICOM AOR.
      And we are always open to suggestions for our blog, FB page, Twitter account, etc. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please send them our way.
      Thank you!

  3. 4 anthony March 7, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Underwater Reenlistment!

  4. 5 Lisa Marie March 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Great photos to choose from, but capturing the dedication of re-enlisting and underwater of all places, is definitely the most unique!!!

  5. 6 T March 7, 2012 at 3:34 am

    “Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater” gets my vote~

  6. 7 Buckoo March 7, 2012 at 1:51 am

    How cool is that re-enlistment underwater? WOW!

  7. 8 Laurie March 7, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater get’s my vote! Great Pic!!

  8. 9 Jon March 6, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Vote for Geoff and the underwater re-enlist!

  9. 10 Charlie March 6, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Geoff and his underwater reenlistment gets my vote!!

  10. 11 Leslie March 6, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Geoff’s underwater reenlistment gets my vote!

  11. 12 Diane Hoelzl March 6, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Love the underwater re-enlist photo — it has my vote.

  12. 13 Tracy March 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater! I don’t go under the sea for my job.

  13. 14 AFRICOM March 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Thanks to all who chimed in so far. We’ll count the comments here as votes as well. Voting continues until Friday, so spread the word and watch for our announcement of the winner!

  14. 15 Jeanne Elliott March 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater! How unusual and appropriate is THAT?

  15. 16 Bill March 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    definitely the “helicopter boxes”!

    JFWY, Shep!

  16. 17 K Hodges March 6, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    A novel way to re enlist!

  17. 18 K Hodges March 6, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Geoff Shepelew re enlists underwater —-fantastic!

    • 19 Thomas March 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      Re-enlistment dude.
      Hell yea’

  18. 20 Larry Smead March 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Definitely the guy re-enlisting underwater, no question!

  19. 21 SSgt Araiza March 6, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Um…. I would like my vote to go to the underwater reenlistment photo please thank you.

  20. 22 Shep Geoffries March 6, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Why the underwater reenlistment photo of course! Hands down. No question!

  21. 23 Senior Chief March 6, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Underwater Reenlistment. SSGT Araiza is an amazing photographer! We want to see more of his work.

  22. 24 David Waugh March 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater also has my vote

  23. 25 AFRICOM March 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Thanks for voting!

  24. 26 Anonymous March 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Off Djibouti: Sailor reenlists underwater has my vote for best of Feb.


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