The Armed Forces of Liberia continues to receive more assistance from friendly Nations, partners and international organizations among others to ensure the goal of making the force for good is realized.
On Wednesday February 12, 2020 at a news Conference the Michigan National Guard through Brigadier General Katherine White re-echoed its support to the AFL.
Speaking to reporters Brigadier General White said she was impressed with the level of growth and progress at the level of the AFL.
The US General named strong sense of proud, resilience and professionalism as well as culture values as key achievements that cannot go unnoticed in the AFL.
She assured the AFL and the Government of Liberia in general of their renewed partnership and support in all areas necessary to further strengthen the AFL in order to improve its operations.
“We have developed a relationship that has lasted for about eleven years now and we are committed to capacity development of personnel of the AFL” She noted.
As part of their state partnership programs among others, the US Military officer stressed that they are working to additionally provide technical training as well as building facilities for the AFL.
She acknowledged that over the period they have gained some experiences from the AFL especially from the onset of their operations through simple exchanges of ideas, monitoring as well as the structural component of the AFL.
In response both Deputy Defense Minister for Administration Tibli Olandrus Dickson and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia Major General Prince Charles Johnson –III praised the Michigan National Guard for its immense support to the AFL and the Ministry of National Defense respectively.
Through funding support the AFL now has a well-functioning Clinic with a standard Lab, something they hailed their counterpart for greatly.
The two AFL and Defense Ministry officials also assured their counterpart of some workable plans in the making which they believe can be tailored into their activities to ensure they collectively help in the improvement the sector.
According to Mr. Dickson and General Johnson-III, the AFL has grown independently in handling its operations including other activities as currently they are working to establish the Non-Commission Officer Academy the (NCO) which will among other things help in building the capacity of other soldiers.
“The partnership is alive, Human Development is key and we are committed to improving it for the better”, said Deputy Defense Minister for Administration, Tibli Olandrus Dickson.
United States Government has been a key partner to the restructuring process of the new Armed Forces of Liberia and is a major pillar to the current growth process of the AFL.
In 2009, the Michigan National Guard established partnership with the AFL and since then it has been providing logistical support, human capacity development including medical support among others.