2e REP: 1st Company to return from Djibouti

This week, the 1st Company of the 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment (2e REP) is to return to Corsica from Djibouti, a small country in the Horn of Africa, where the airborne legionnaires have spent four months.

The 2e REP men with the 1st Company were deployed to Djibouti in early February 2022, as part of the so-called Long-duration mission (MLD) which lasts usually four months. In Djibouti, they temporarily became part of the 5th Overseas Interarmes Regiment (5e RIAOM) and were stationed at Quartier Monclar. By the way, this camp used to be home to the 13e DBLE, until 2011, when the half-brigade left abroad and was replaced there by this very 5e RIAOM.

In Djibouti, the 2e REP legionnaires were carrying out the usual tasks: maintaining a French presence in the region, daily training, conducting military exercises with U.S. soldiers from the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, as well as familiarization with a semi-desert environment. They also passed a commando course in the well-known training center at Arta Beach, near Camp Lemonnier, another former Foreign Legion installation, currently the only permanent US military base in Africa.

At the same time, between February and June 2022, a detachment of the 1er REG also served in Djibouti, as well as men from the 4e RE.

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1st Company, 2e REP parade in Djibouti, early June 2022.
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A 4e RE Senior Corporal (right) marches in front of the 1st Company, 2e REP in Djibouti, early June 2022. He is followed by a French paratrooper and U.S. Army soldiers. They all were awarded a commando course badge.
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A 2e REP Sergeant Major (right), along with his colleagues from Task Force Red Dragon, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (Senior Leaders from Virginia and Kentucky National Guard). They participated in a ceremony to commemorate the famous Battle of Camerone that took place at Quartier Monclar in Djibouti, on April 30, 2022.

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