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Communications training, radio upgrades enhance AFL’s operational capability

Armed Forces of Liberia solders follow a tutorial as U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan Crouch, Operation Onward Liberty radio noncommissioned officer, demonstrates how to enter frequencies into a CODAN 2110 Manpack Transceiver during a radio familiarization class at Camp Ware, Liberia, Sept. 11, 2013. With support from the U.S. Embassy Office of Security Cooperation, OOL mentors delivered a package of CODAN radios and provided training on the equipment to AFL communications soldiers. OOL provides mentorship to the AFL to produce a capable, respected force able to protect Liberian interests in the West African region. In addition, OOL is developing the leadership capabilities of the officers and noncommissioned officers to maintain a professional and credible military force with a reputation as a “force for good” among the Liberian people. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)



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This work, Communications training, radio upgrades enhance AFL’s operational capability [Image 4 of 10], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:09.11.2013

Date Posted:10.07.2013 18:24

Photo ID:1031954

VIRIN:130911-F-UV166-026

Resolution:1812x1743

Size:1.61 MB

Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, DE

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

Hometown:MEDINA, OH, US

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