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Meaningful Kenya Visit

Meaningful Kenya Visit

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The mission to Kenya was a deeply rewarding experience for me.
The mission to Kenya was a deeply rewarding experience for me.

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Meaningful Kenyan VisitBy Captain Bryan Gregory
Note: Captain Gregory is a logistics officer with the U.S. Army 2nd Combined ArmsBattalion, 137th Infantry.
NAIROBI, Kenya
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The mission to Kenya was a deeply rewarding experience for me.Prior to my arrival, like most Americans, what I knew of Kenya was limited to beautiful wildanimals and world-class athletes. Although both are true, what I found was infinitely moremeaningful. From the rich culture, to animals walking about and the beautiful landscape, Kenyafulfilled every expectation one might have when traveling to Africa.Our mission was to host a seminar that focused on logistical operations and supportplanning for the Kenyan Armed Forces. This was my first at-length experience with a foreignmilitary. What immediately struck me was the professionalism shown at every level within theKAF. From the guard standing post at the front gate to the colonel addressing a general, allwould snap to attention and render a hand salute exuding respect.The KAF are heavily influenced by the British military. On the first day we wereintroduced to morning and afternoon tea. This was a great opportunity to experience Kenyanculture and interact with KAF officers. The officers were very well read and asked manyquestions deali
ng with the “issues of the day
,
an example being the U.S. departure from Iraq. Ienjoyed these moments the most with the Kenyan officers as it was less business and morerelationship building. Although
I’m a coffee drinker, I have
found a new love for tea.The Kenyan officers showed great interest throughout the seminar. Seeing theminteract, debate and
critique each other’s plans made
me proud as an American because ourefforts were assisting Kenyans work through the steps needed to address their coun
try’s needs.

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