Vice President Boakai Urges AFL To Guard Liberia’s Image In Mali

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Flashback: Liberian Army preparing for their first ever modern-day peacekeeping mission to Mali

Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has admonished soldiers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) to exemplify all the training and discipline they have acquired as they go on peace keeping mission in Mali.

He urged personnel of the AFL to always exhibit the discipline that is required of the army in the discharge of their duties, while helping to keep peace in that sisterly state.

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Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie samukai addressing his men in arms

VP Boakai made the statement at the departure ceremony of an infantry platoon for Mali to take over from the first batch of platoon troops who served on peacekeeping mission in that country for the past one year.

The departing platoon completed a three-month pre-deployment training which covered medical screening and physical training at the AFL Training Command in Careysburg, Montserrado County.

The training also covered courses in the Geo-politics of Mali, Map Reading/Land Navigation, International Humanitarian Law, Introduction to Patrol, Individual Soldier Task, First Aid, Roadblock, Cordon and Search, Ambush, VIP Escort, Control of IDPs, Urban Operations, Desert Warfare, Battle Drills and Offensive operations, among others.

According toBoakai, the soldiers are representing the country in “a very big way, and government is proud of it”, adding “it’s a new army with a new mentality, new discipline and we are confident that you will represent our country away from here adequately.”

He said Liberia is proud to serve on a peacekeeping mission in Mali because the country has benefited from such goodwill from other countries who worked here during the country’s years of civil unrest.

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Liberian soldiers in action during one of the warm-up exercises for Mali 

Vice President Boakai said the Government is confident that the officers will go to Mali and ably represent Liberia and that every Liberian will pray for them as they go to serve in the name of the country.

The Liberian Vice President then thanked the United States Government for the level of assistance it has rendered Liberia through the army, the Minister of Defense, Brownie Samukai, and the Chief of Staff of the AFL, Daniel Ziankahn, and all commanding officers for preparing the soldiers for this huge national task.

The platoon of 46 men will be deployed in the desert area of Alantona Camp in Diabaly, which is about 340 km northeast of the capital Bamako.

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Author: D K Sengbeh

Danicius Kaihenneh Sengbeh (author of Sengbeh's Weblog) is a respected and renowned Liberian journalist, poet and writer with with journalism experience since 2001, of working both as a mainstream journalist and a communication/media consultant in Liberia. He is Secretary General of the Press Union of Liberia (elected Dec 2013). He was Assistant Secretary General of the Union Dec 2011 to Dec 2013. He is also Editor-In-Chief of The Informer Newspaper—one of Liberia’s credible dailies. Before joining the Informer, Danicius had served as reporter, chief reporter, sub-editor and News Editor at The Independent Newspaper between 2002 and 2006. Before then, he was reporter at the defunct Patriot Newspaper and Kiss FM 2001-2002. Danicius is a UN Media Fellow and Liberia’s first UN Medal Award-winning journalist for his contribution to journalism and for being the second Liberian journalist in 15 years to qualify for and successfully attended the United Nations’ Reham Al-Farra Memorial Journalist Fellowship Program in New York and Geneva, Switzerland in 2012. He earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Sociology from the University of Liberia and a Diploma in Journalism from the International School of Journalism. He holds several awards and recognitions both in and outside of journalism, and carries dozens of certificates in journalism and communication from studies in Ghana, China, United States and Switzerland, among others. He volunteers as Chair of the Information and Communication Committee of his local Bardnersville community. He can be quickly reached via (+231) 886586531/777586531/777464018/ dakasen1978@yahoo.com

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