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Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth

Michigan National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Robert Gutman, a field medic deployed with Operation Onward Liberty, and Staff Sgt. Derek Smith, OOL personnel mentor, consult with an Armed Forces of Liberia medic while examining a patient during a medical outreach visit to Keita Town, Liberia, July 3, 2013. During the mission, the OOL-AFL team treated more than 750 patients, in three remote jungle villages with limited access to medical care. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)



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This work, Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth [Image 7 of 9], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:07.03.2013

Date Posted:11.26.2013 08:33

Photo ID:1060562

VIRIN:130703-F-UV166-111

Resolution:2912x1932

Size:527.81 KB

Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

Hometown:FORT CUSTER, MI, US

Hometown:NORTHVILLE, MI, US

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  • U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Burton Francisco, right, assistant adjutant general and commander, Michigan National Guard, speaks with U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. David Jones, a native of Washington, D.C., battalion senior enlisted adviser to the Armed Forces of Liberia, and U.S. Army Capt. William Wilford, a native of Clarksville, Tenn., battalion staff adviser to the Armed Forces of Liberia, at Edward Benyah Kesselly Military Barracks during a visit to Liberia Feb. 12. Operation Onward Liberty is a group of approximately 50 U.S. military personnel who mentor and advise the AFL in order to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law and is a force for good among the Liberian people. While in Liberia, Francisco toured AFL bases, spoke with OOL members and attended a military ball in celebration of Liberia’s 55th annual Armed Forces Day. The Michigan National Guard plays a large role in the development of the AFL as part of the National Guard Bureau’s state partnership program. Jones is deployed from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Wilford is deployed from the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.
  • An Armed Forces of Liberia range control officer ensures clearance of a fellow AFL soldier’s rifle prior to leaving the range during advanced marksmanship training at Edward Binyah Kesselly Military, Feb. 22. A total of 44 Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers completed the week-long course, which incorporated soldiers from across the AFL’s 23rd Infantry Brigade. The main focus of the course was teaching the AFL soldiers reflexive fire, which is handling a weapon while conducting movement. Other skills taught included close quarter combat tactics, room clearing techniques and advanced marksmanship qualifying procedures. Instructors for the course were from the Michigan National Guard’s 177th Regional Training Institute. The Michigan National Guard conducts periodic specialized training to AFL units through its state partnership program. The day to day mentorship of the AFL is performed by Operation Onward Liberty, a group of approximately 50 U.S. military personnel who mentor and advise the AFL in order to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law, and is a force for good among the Liberian people.
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  • U.S. Army Master Sgt. Santos Feliciano, a native of Puerto Rico, instructs Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers on advanced marksmanship training certification during advanced marksmanship training at Edward Binyah Kesselly rifle range Feb. 22. The week-long course taught 44 soldiers from across the AFL’s 23rd Infantry Brigade. The main focus of the course was reflexive fire, which is handling a weapon while conducting movement. Other skills taught included close quarter combat tactics, room clearing techniques and advanced marksmanship qualifying procedures. The Michigan National Guard conducts periodic specialized training to AFL units through its state partnership program. The day to day mentorship of the AFL is performed by Operation Onward Liberty, a group of approximately 50 U.S. military personnel who mentor and advise the AFL in order to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law, and is a force for good among the Liberian people. Santos is a member of 2nd Battalion, 177th Training Regiment Regional Training Institute, Michigan Army National Guard where he is the chief instructor.

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