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Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth

Michigan National Guard Maj. Allen Smith, Operation Onward Liberty brigade adviser and officer-in-charge for the Michigan National Guard, observes as an Armed Forces of Liberia soldier competes in a promotion exercise near Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks, Liberia, Aug. 23, 2013. U.S. service members, including Smith, a Plainwell, Mich., resident, are deployed with OOL are providing 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, Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth [Image 6 of 9], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.23.2013

Date Posted:11.26.2013 08:33

Photo ID:1060563

VIRIN:130823-F-UV166-054

Resolution:3208x2112

Size:459.85 KB

Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

Hometown:PLAINWELL, MI, US

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