Saturday, April 03, 2010

Breaking news from Djubouti


The Republic of Djubouti is the smallest and poorest country in Africa.

And guess which country is sending money, supplies and manpower to help lift it up from abject poverty?  France? Germany? Saudi Arabia? Iran?

Nope. The mean old USA.

Our humanitarian aid to countries in need is so common and ongoing that it's no longer news. The reason it's just become news to us is because the grandaughter of Betty Rose (Templeton) and Lou Palomba is among America's Finest who are over there

 US Air Force lst Lt. Jessica Siemer, who's husband Tim is flying cargo planes into Iraq and Afghanistan, will be serving in Africa for the next 6 months as a contractor

Jessica, 25 years old, graduated from Myers Park High School with a scholarship to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is stationed on a Naval Base in Djubouti along with service people from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

When Jessica left on Wed., March 31st, there were 240 service men and women being dropped off in Rota, Spain; Sigonella, Italy; Bahrain and the last stop being Africa.

Needless to say, her grandparents, are very very proud of her and all that she has accomplished.

And so are we.

Tim and Jessica are stationed in Seattle, Washington.