Images: Deploying AFL soldiers conduct RPG live-fire exercise [Image 3 of 3]
Photo by Capt. Bryon McGarry
An Armed Forces of Liberia soldier prepares to fire a rocket-propelled grenade launcher as a United Nations Mission in Liberia weapons trainer and U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gregory Starace, AFL Armed Forces Training Command mentor, look on during a RPG live-fire exercise led by AFL instructors and supported by UNMIL trainers and Operation ONWARD LIBERTY mentors at Camp Ware April 19. The live-fire exercise served as the culminating event of the platoon’s two-week RPG familiarization ahead of an eventual deployment to Mali. 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. OOL personnel continue to mentor AFL leaders and training staff at all levels to ensure the deploying platoon is properly trained and equipped to succeed in partner-nation operations in Mali and to represent Liberia as a legitimate, capable and professional force for good.
Date Posted:04.25.2013 14:11