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Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth

Michigan National Guard 1st Lt. Jeremiah Aberlich, Operation Onward Liberty communications adviser, competes in a mentor-mentee soccer match with Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers at Barclay Training Center, Oct. 31, 2013. The Michigan Nation Guard entered a partnership with Liberia in 2009 as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program. Aberlich, a Warren, Mich., resident, is among 14 Guardsmen deployed with OOL. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Brian Bahret)



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This work, Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth [Image 2 of 9], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.31.2013

Date Posted:11.26.2013 08:34

Photo ID:1060567

VIRIN:131031-F-UV166-002

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Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

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