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RIP Mon Adjudant Chef.
He came down to CECAP with his section to do the commando course. After my lectures on rope tying or first aid he would always stop me for a beer.
I used to have this thing. If someone was falling asleep during one of my lectures (not knot tying -it's all practical) I would send them into the sea followed by a "go and wet yourself", it's funnier in French. The person would have to come back completely soaked through.
We had an aspirant médecin, doing the course with us. One day I saw "Bob" trying to catch my eye, as I was doing a diagram on the white board. I was just going to finish when he asked me a question, I stopped and he indicated the aspirant who had nodded off.
"WTF". I shouted, "You Mon Lieutenant. Go and get yourself wet."
Off he goes, with me calling after him, you don't find my first aid lesson interesting. Once he'd left , I said it's not everyday you get to do that. Which brought a few smiles. Before adding, I just have to avoid going consultant until I go beck back to France.
The Adj/C had this enormous tattoo on his back. It was of Christ on the cross, with the caption, "I, like him, love to suffer".
I'll light a candle for him and get in touch with "Poster boy" Scouse Arley who was in his section.
 
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RIP Mon Adjudant Chef.
He came down to CECAP with his section to do the commando course. After my lectures on rope tying or first aid he would always stop me for a beer.
I used to have this thing. If someone was falling asleep during one of my lectures (not knot tying -it's all practical) I would send them into the sea followed by a "go and wet yourself", it's funnier in French. The person would have to come back completely soaked through.
We had an aspirant médecin, doing the course with us. One day I saw "Bob" trying to catch my eye, as I was doing a diagram on the white board. I was just going to finish when he asked me a question, I stopped and he indicated the aspirant who had nodded off.
"WTF". I shouted, "You Mon Lieutenant. Go and get yourself wet."
Off he goes, with me calling after him, you don't find my first aid lesson intersecting. Once he'd left , I said it's not everyday you get to do that. Which brought a few smiles. Before adding, I just have to avoid going consultant until I go beck back to France.
The Adj/C had this enormous tattoo on his back. It was of Christ on the cross, with the caption, "I like him, love to suffer".
I'll light a candle for him and get in touch with "Poster boy" Scouse Arley who was in his section.
Early 1994, Bernard was in charge of us up at the fort. He‘s standing front centre
 

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Camp Amilakvari...Arta, Djibouti. Some aerial photos, plus front entrance, of the 2REP camp up in the mountains for the company tours. I was fortunate to do 3 tours, always during the Corsican winter. Today, it is a Djiboutian army academy...
 

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The 3rd Photo brings back the best memories for me. In it on the right, next to the round hut where the lads could watch the videos of an evening is the foyer. I was taken from the CCS, garde punis to run it for 4 months. Having never done anything like that before and being on my own was quite a challenge. On the bottom right of the same photo is where all the CCHs slept, except for me who had a room in the foyer.
It was during an outing with the CDU, that the captain of the company got talking to me. I was his driver for the day and he asked me what I had done here in my two years in Djibouti. A year as a life guard in the swimming pool in Gabode and a year in CECAP. I said that I'd done a weeks course with the French navy on one of their 3rd echelon repair ships that followed the fleet around, on repairing flotteurs (zodiacs). This was very much to the interest of the captain as the guy who was down in the centre amphibie did not get along with Adj Orlando, or maybe it was the other way around. ;)
So when we got back, I went in front of the CDU in the CCS who said that after leave I was to go to join the 3rd cie.
Great photos.
 
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Joe, that’s the old ‘poof’...for the people that don’t know, it’s where the whores were kept. True to Legion style, all the girls were regularly inspected by the medic for any STD’s. When we were in Arta for 6 months (January-July 1991) A/Chef Legris, myself and C/Chef Ribeiro gutted it out and built a Corporal Chefs popote. Also, the round outdoor pergola next to the foyer was also our handy work. Legris (with us in tow) went all over Arta and down to Djibouti ville scrounging up materials. By the way, i was listening to the BBC on my radio when I heard that the gulf war had started. I had to go wake up Legris about 2 in the morning. He asked me wake him up if the ‘shit hit the fan’.
 

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