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Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth

Michigan National Guard Staff Sgt. Daniel Bowen, Operation Onward Lliberty enlisted engineering adviser, assists Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers with medical techniques during an Combat Lifesaver Course at Camp Tubman, Liberia, Aug. 12, 2013. Bowen, a Muskegon, Mich., native is on a joint team of U.S. service members, including Michigan National Guardsmen, who deployed with OOL, a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa-led operation comprised of joint U.S. service members, to mentor and advise the Armed Forces of Liberia in order to develop a national military that is responsible, operationally capable, and respectful of civilian authority and the rule of law. OOL's goal is to assist the AFL in building a professional and capable military force that can effectively contribute to the overall security environment in Liberia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)



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This work, Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth [Image 4 of 9], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:08.12.2013

Date Posted:11.26.2013 08:33

Photo ID:1060565

VIRIN:131021-F-UV166-023

Resolution:1400x1000

Size:209.28 KB

Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

Hometown:MUSKEGON, MI, US

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