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Michigan National Guardsmen foster Liberian military growth

Michigan National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Robert Gutman, Operation Onward Liberty combat field medic adviser, shares medical techniques with Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers during a tactical combat care course at Edward Binyah Kesselly Barracks, Liberia, Nov. 11, 2013. Gutman, a Northville, Mich., resident is among 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 1 of 9], by MSgt Brian Bahret, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:11.11.2013

Date Posted:11.26.2013 08:35

Photo ID:1060568

VIRIN:131112-F-UV166-057

Resolution:3216x2136

Size:2.35 MB

Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

Hometown:MONROVIA, LR

Hometown:NORTHVILLE, MI, US

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