Images: MG Hooper, AFRICOM J5, visits Operation Onward Liberty [Image 3 of 5]
Photo by 1st Lt. Mark Lazane
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Charles Hooper, director, J5, Strategic Planning and Policy, United States Africa Command, talks with Col. A.G. Audu, 23rd Infantry Brigade commander, Armed Forces of Liberia, at Edward Binyah Kesselly Military Barracks during a recent visit to the country Feb. 10. Hooper came to Liberia to inspect the progress of the AFL and its U.S. military mentorship program, Operation Onward Liberty. OOL 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 the country, Hooper also attended events celebrating the 55th annual Liberian Armed Forces Day, including a military parade and a military ball. Other Armed Forces Day activities included a street cleanup and medical outreach, church services, an intra-AFL soccer match and a symposium regarding the status of the AFL in today’s Liberia.