President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Pres. Sirleaf Says US Army OOL Mission ‘A Success’
MONROVIA, August 12 (LINA) - President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has described the U.S. Army Special Military intervention with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) “Operation Onward Liberty (OOL)” as a successful mission.
“Operation Onward Liberty” was officially chartered in 2010 and was described as a U.S. Marine Corps Africa-led operation comprised of joint U.S. Service personnel who mentored and advised the AFL to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, and respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law.
According to an Executive Mansion release, the Liberian leader thanked the US Government for authorizing the OOL and for the many support rendered Liberia and the AFL in particular.
She pointed out that with the support of the U.S. Government and the mentorship received from the U.S. Army and the Michigan National Guard, Liberians are proud of the AFL, describing the force as a professional, discipline, loyal and well-trained.
“With all of the support that has been given the Armed Forces of Liberia by the U.S. Government and Army, our military is truly a force for good,” President Sirleaf noted.
She further noted that the “AFL is not only a protective force, but a force with professional competence and capacity that has enabled its members to be involved with civil works such as road construction, agriculture, healthcare services, and general construction, amongst others.
She praised authorities of the Ministry of National Defense and the High Command of the AFL for developing and maintaining a capable and professional army respected by the Liberian people and the international community.
President Sirleaf expressed the government’s commitment in supporting the AFL and added that the end of ‘Operation Onward Liberty” is not an end to the partnership between the U.S. Government and Army with Liberia and the AFL.
“I know that the partnership will continue and that there will be opportunities for members of the Armed Forces to make professional travels to the U.S. and that members of the U.S. Army will continue to make visits here and provide services to members of the AFL”, the Liberian leader indicated.
In separate remarks, Defense Minister Brownie Samuka and AFL Chief of Staff Brig/Gen. Daniel Ziankahn acknowledged the success of “Operation Onward Liberty and pointed out that the interventions under the program has added value to members of the AFL who were directly impacted by the mentor ship and other processes.
They thanked President Sirleaf and the U.S. Government for the initiative and expressed confidence in the AFL with regards to its capacity and professionalism.
U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder highlighted the significance of “Operation Onward Liberty” and noted that the U.S Government was pleased to have been part of efforts aimed at developing the AFL into a professional institution capable of protecting Liberia and performing other valuable services to the Liberian people.