Senator Markey, President Sirleaf, Representative Bass and Representative Maloney
Pres. Sirleaf Lauds U.S. Army For Service To Liberia
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, August 11 (LINA) – President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded the Michigan National Guard of the U.S Army for the years of professional services rendered the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) and the Ministry of Defense.
The U.S. Army Michigan National Guard took over mentoring and advisory responsibilities from the Nigerian Army in 2010, leading the country to a place where it now has its own General Chief of Staff.
The Liberian leader made the commendation Thursday at the Barclay Training Center during a closeout ceremony of Operation Onward Liberty (OOL) of the Michigan National Guard.
The OOL 16 comprised seven military personnel from the U.S Army Michigan National Guard who deployed for a period of 12 months and served as mentors or advisors to their counterparts within the AFL chain of command.
President Sirleaf also thanked the U.S. Congress for its support towards the
liberalization and development of Liberia, adding, “With your support, we can now say that Liberia is proud of the AFL.”
She described the AFL as a professional army that is not only trained in the business of ensuring the security of the country but also trained in the business of management and administration.
“We are confident that their level of training coupled with their commitment and dedication to peace demonstrate how capacitated they are to maintain the peace of our land,” the Liberian leader stressed.
She noted that despite being a fragile state, it is her anticipation that the years of partnership between Liberia and the United States will continue at all fronts.
In remarks at the ceremony, U.S. Ambassador to Liberia Christine Elder pledged the United States Government’s continued support to the AFL, especially in the area of Steady-State Security Cooperation Efforts through Military Education and Training, military-to-military engagements and tactical contact teams, among others.
Ambassador Elder noted that these programs are currently being used and will continue to be used in the future to assist the Ministry of Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia.