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ONWARD LIBERTY mentors train future AFL senior NCOs

Armed Forces of Liberia noncommissioned officers conduct a sand-table troop-movement exercise during senior NCO training provided by Operation Onward Liberty mentors at Camp Ware's Armed Forces Training Command Jan. 16. OOL mentors brought in a combined Michigan Army National Guard and Latvian National Armed Forces NCO training team to instruct the class of more than 20 AFL NCOs on senior NCO duties and responsibilities. Onward Liberty is a U.S. Marine Corps Forces Africa-led operation comprised of joint U.S. service members who mentor and advise the AFL 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.



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This work, ONWARD LIBERTY mentors train future AFL senior NCOs, by Capt. Bryon McGarry, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.16.2013

Date Posted:01.28.2013 12:44

Photo ID:821671

VIRIN:130116-F-ED706-003

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Location:MONROVIA, LRGlobe

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  • U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Charles Chiarotti (left), Marine Forces Europe and Africa deputy commanding general, visits with U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Rozema, company infantry adviser to the Armed Forces of Liberia, during a visit to Operation Onward Liberty in Monrovia, Liberia, Feb. 12. Operation Onward Liberty 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. In addition to meeting with Marines, soldiers and airmen, Chiarotti also participated in events surrounding the 55th annual Liberian Armed Forces Day, including a military parade and ball. Rozema is deployed from the Michigan Army National Guard.
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