Happy New Year!! 1st stop: Camp Lemonnier Djibouti, Africa!!

Congrats to “I Killed” raffle book winners: Matthew Struck, Amy Smith and Darren Drake!!

I want to thank all the sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen, reserve and guard  who attended the two shows yesterday at the MWR 11th Degree theater. Hearing your laughter and feeling your grace as I shared my life’s journey was a once in a lifetime experience .  Camp Lemonnier gave me a smidgen of the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make for our country, as well as the civilians and contractors working on location.  This camp is close in proximity to many dangerous regions, and being with our troops who brave these areas gave me great inspiration and insight into what truly is taking place in this world.  They live with only bare necessities, complain little, and show up every day to make a difference. To all of my family and friends back home in the United States, we should be ever so grateful for the lives we live on a daily basis.  The streets of Djibouti are adorned with strife and poverty.  It seemed surreal. May we all count our blessings and look forward to the day our men and women return home.  Thank you Naval Fleet Forces for making this tour possible.

Camp Lemonnier entrance  Camp Lemonnier medal    Djibouti 1 Djibouti 3 base Djibouti 4 base Djibouti 5 base Djibouti 6 airplane Djibouti 7 airport sign Djibouti 2 Marie Eric Djibouti 8 school soccer teamDjibouti after show B with sailors Djibouti Bernie on stage 2 Djibouti Bernie on stage Djibouti meet and greet 2 Djibouti meet and greet Djibouti sailors  Djibouti Bernie stage 2 Djibouti Bernie stage Chaplain Richard Ryan from Norfolk departing Djibouti

Above: a couple internet pics of Camp Lemonnier , pictures I took while exploring the base, the JIB airport and some pictures from time spent walking around Djibouti on Monday.  Pictures from Tuesdays trainings (me and the sailors before during and after each training). Me and Chaplain Richard Ryan from Norfolk departing Djibouti.

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Comments

26 Responses to Happy New Year!! 1st stop: Camp Lemonnier Djibouti, Africa!!

  1. Ricardo Martinez

    Awesome show!

  2. Erica

    Loved it!

  3. Akinlolu Akinbode

    That was an inspiring talk. You have saved some lives; you might not know.

  4. Jerry Harrington

    Great show!

  5. Karl Smith

    Bernie, great show! I appreciate you taking the time to come share your story and gift as a comedian with us. Keep up the great work!

  6. B. Williams

    Thanks

  7. Cornell Sinclair

    Bernie, that was a really good show. The way you engaged the audience was excellent. Thank you for sharing your story. I am certain everyone was touched by your story and learned something that can help them in the future. Thanks and welcome to Djibouti.

  8. Cierra D.

    Bernie,

    I have to say I loved your show from the comedy to the life stories. I laughed and had tears in the same show. But it was all for the cause. Thank you for coming to see us and provide us with your entertainment.

  9. darren drake

    That was great hour spent here at Djibouti a great message that Bernie presented also it was nice to laugh at good clean jokes.

  10. Ashley

    Your show was amazing. What a great way to get your life story out to others. Thank you for coming!

  11. Heather

    Thank you for coming out here to see us! You are hilarious and you life story really touched me. Keep doing what you do we all appreciate it!! Oh and Happy New Year:)

  12. Kevin Allen

    Loved your story and Some of your jokes…lol. Thanks for making me smile.

  13. D. Spade

    Thank you sharing your comedy and your story.

  14. Brian Zimmerman

    Awesome show!

  15. Mohamed Alshibani

    Great show man! And yes this is a real post. Don’t let the name fool you I’m a good guy! Jk. Well about the slightly racist name thing. I’m actually one of the good guys….look nevermind. I loved the show. My girl has a brother with Down syndrome and I swear they should change it to up syndrome! Kid never has a worry and I love him to death. Keep doing what your doing! I swear it helps!

  16. Jeremy

    Thanks for the inspirational show. Perfect timing as i’m personally 10 days alcohol free.

  17. Clay

    Great Show. Thank you.

  18. Amy Smith

    Enjoyed it. Thank you for the mandatory fun.

  19. MA1 Thomas Sexton

    Great show. Thank you for coming to Africa to share your message.

  20. MATTHEW STRUCK

    Great show with a excellent message. Thank you.

  21. Fabian Esguerra

    I was there Bernie :)
    Thank you for sharing your story. We enjoyed it!

  22. Octavious Walker

    Thanks for the visit today. Your story was very touching and inspirational. We all have our demons, yet we can only conquer them once we accept they exist.

  23. Lisa W.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Your message was powerful, and you shared it in a manner that was entertaining and engaging. You got a room full of people to pay attention to critically important topics they may have grown tired of discussing (or simply be embarrassed to confront). Great job.

  24. Cas Broadus

    Bernie!!!! That was a great show brother. Thank you for bringing your life’s experiences in the form of a heavy-hitting message for others to learn from to our small community in Djibouti, Africa.

  25. Frank Hauck

    Great Job! Your show was no joke the message you brought us may save someones life some day. Your efforts help build resiliency and teach self respect. Sharing your family was an awesome experience one that I won’t ever forget. Thank you for your time and hard work!

  26. Jeff

    Great program. You are very brave and effective message. We need this at every installation. I have witnessed similar tragedies in several units over the years. If it changes one life it’s worth it. Thanks for traveling to Djibouti. Best to you and your family.