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US donates medical equipment for Liberia’s fight against HIV/AIDS

U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac and U.S. Marine Corps Col. David Thompson, Operation Onward Liberty officer in charge, attend a ceremony at Edward Binyah Kesselly Barracks Medical Clinic Oct. 30, 2013, where the ambassador dedicated $40,000 of medical equipment to the Armed Forces of Liberia. The United States donated the equipment to help the AFL treat its soldiers and their families and support Liberia’s efforts against HIV/AIDS. U.S. service members with OOL provide mentorship to AFL soldiers at the clinic 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. (Photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)



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This work, US donates medical equipment for Liberia’s fight against HIV/AIDS [Image 1 of 3], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.30.2013

Date Posted:11.11.2013 05:59

Photo ID:1050186

VIRIN:131030-F-UV166-037

Resolution:3144x2121

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Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

Hometown:SAN DIEGO, CA, US

Hometown:WASHINGTON, DC, US

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