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Reporting to Camp

If you have orders to Camp Lemonnier, we welcome you to the team here. The base and the tenant commands here are united in supporting U.S. efforts to help bring stability and assistance to this critical part of the world. The camp is very much an operational support facility that lives and breathes around the clock.

All personnel reporting to Camp Lemonnier should follow the deployment guidelines and requirements handed down by your respective service. These guidelines are essential to your success here, both before your arrival and after you are on the ground.

The Navy and other services have created specific guidelines for supporting you and your family members while you are deployed. For example, specific Navy commands such as the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC – ) are responsible for many of the administrative processes associated with your deployment for both you and your family. ECRC's Individual Augmentee (IA) Family Support Program serves as a conduit for IA Family access to information and direct support throughout the military member's deployment. This is an important distinction because in almost all cases, the deployed command such as Camp Lemonnier does not fulfill this role.

For questions, contact the Navy ECRC IA Family Helpdesk at If you are joining us from another service, follow your specific service guidelines for details on where you and your family should turn for answers before, during and after deployment.

All personnel reporting to the camp must have an official U.S. government passport (no tourist passports allowed) or must have applied for one prior to arrival. Note: Djibouti does not require a passport, but personnel at Camp Lemonnier may go downrange to Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya so it is essential to have an official passport while you are here. These countries should be listed on the DS 82 in section 17 when applying for a passport. If you plan to travel to other countries during your leave and liberty periods, you should also bring a tourist passport.

There is a FREE shuttle between Djibouti International Airport and Camp Lemonnier. The shuttle can be contacted at the following e-mail address: This service is useful if you are coordinating your own transportation. Normally, your sponsor will arrange for your transportation to the camp. If you are coming in on an expected rotation there is no need to e-mail for the shuttle service.

Use your assigned Camp Lemonnier sponsor to help you get up to speed; normally your sponsor is the person you are replacing. After you arrive at camp, and you attend some initial in-processing, your sponsor will meet you to help you get settled.

Upon arrival in Djibouti, you will need your official passport, military orders and military identification card for in-processing so be sure to hand-carry these items.

Once you arrive and check in with your command and sponsor, you will stop at billeting and be assigned living quarters. The Camp Lemonnier Billeting staff makes every effort to assign people to CLUs, which form the permanent living quarters here at the camp. At times we do see an increased number of people ordered to the camp, which may require us to assign a small percentage of our residents to air conditioned tent facilities.


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