On April 30, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa hosted the American Community in Bahrain at the Sakhir Palace. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa were also in attendance.
U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell led the representatives of the American Community in Bahrain. These representatives included service members, teachers, athletes, youth, and members of different religious communities. Several special guests flew in for the event, including former U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain Johnny Young and former NAVCENT and Fifth Fleet Commander Admiral Scott Redd.
The American Community presented King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa several gifts, including a saddle custom made for him in Ft. Worth, Texas. Also, the king presented outgoing NAVCENT and Fifth Fleet Commander Chris Aquilino with the Order of Bahrain decoration.