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.VP Boakai 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.
He made the statement Friday at the departure ceremony of an infantry platoon for Mali to take over from the first batch of platoon troops who served on a peace-keeping mission in that country for the past one year.
The first Liberian soldiers to serve on a peacekeeping mission since the 1960s returned home Thursday.
The outgoing platoon completed a three-month pre-deployment training which covered medical screening and physical training at the Armed Forces of Liberia 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, Road block, Cordon and Search, Ambush, VIP Escort, Control of IDPs, Urban Operations, Desert Warfare, Battle Drills and Offensive operations, among others.
According to Vice President Boakai, 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.
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.
( Courtesy APA, NADN, AGENCIES & Government of Liberia …….. Source …….. Our Freelance Contributor in Dakar)