Liberia: U.S Marines to strengthen AFL
Posted by African Press International on January 27, 2011
Monrovia (Liberia)-The US Marines have embarked on a program code-named ‘Operation Onward Liberty (OOL)’ aimed at building the capacity and capability of the Armed Forces of Liberia shattered by the war, to defend the country’s borders.
“The OOL Mission is a five-year program to ensure Liberia has the capability and capacity to defend her borders and come to the aid of her sister countries if that need should arise. The U.S is using a crawl, walk, run methodology and this new team of mentors will help the AFL transition through the walk phase of training in the form of platoon and eventually company-level skill sets and maneuvers,” an AFL source quoting web sources said here.
“This team will focus more on company-level training,” the source added. The operation which is being funded by te U.S department of State, is a joint venture between the Marine Corps, Air Force and Army..
The first batch of fifteen airmen and nine soldiers and some legal clerks and medics have already left the U.S for Monrovia. This group represents that first batch of what will be about 50 service members, assembled based on their individual talents and experience.
By Terence Sesay, january 21, 2011
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