AFL Completes ‘Operation Watch Over’ in Mali

first_imgA Platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) assigned with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Mali will for the first time participate in the medal parade in that West African state.To form part of the ceremony, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, Jr., as head of an 18-man delegation departed the country on Wednesday for Mali to observe the AFL’s participation in the UN Medal Parade.Minister Samukai was authorized by the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of the army and President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to participate in the first Medal Parade for the AFL troops serving under the MINUSMA mission in Diabali, Mali.Minister Samukai is being accompanied by the Chief of Staff (COS) of the AFL, Brigadier General Daniel Dee Ziankahn among others to witness the ceremony that is scheduled for Friday, June 6 in Mali. While in Mali, the Liberian delegation will assess the status, conditions and well-being of the troops and will hold discussions with Malian authorities on bilateral security cooperation, and with MINUSMA authorities on the rotation of AFL troops.Last year, C-I-C Sirleaf ordered enhanced Infantry Platoon of AFL personnel to Mali to form a part of the peacekeeping operations in June 2013.Prior to departing for Mali, Chief of Staff Ziankahn participated in the third and final leg of the AFL training, code named “Bonfire: Operation Watch Over III.” The exercise was implemented by the AFL in collaboration with authorities at the Ministry of National Defense in Monrovia. Defense authorities were represented at the occasion by the Deputy Minister for Operations, Saint Jerome Larbelee, while other representatives were officials from the offices of the Grand Bassa County Superintendent as well as mentors of the AFL.The well-attended exercise, which climaxed the Bonfire exercise ‘Watch Over’ was held on Wednesday, June 4, in Little Bassa, Grand Bassa County amidst drumming and singing of various Liberian songs led by the AFL Band Unit.Operation Watch Over, according to COS Ziankahn, is part of the AFL’s training involving field exercises where the soldiers are divided into factions fighting a ‘mock war.’ One fighting force used gorilla or jungle/rebel tactics, while the other, under government soldiers’ command, countered the rebel force using conventional warfare tactics.The Little Bassa ceremony was the third and final of a series of such trainings, which the AFL has used over the years to exercise the skills they acquired while in training, and at the same time, socialize with residents of local communities.“Operation Watch Over” is intended to also expose the troops to the different terrains across the country in case of any eventuality so that they will be prepared to defend and protect the territorial limits of Liberia.It is also intended to build the bridge of confidence between civilians and the new army, which operates on the motto, “A Force for Good”.“Because we are a civilian army…, we are obliged to maintain such status where the civilians will build confidence in the men and women of the AFL,” AFL’s 23rd Infantry Brigade Commander, Colonel Prince C. Johnson interjected.Several community members, including Moses Wee, Esther Garmai and Annie Koon, said they had hoped for the return of the soldiers to their community to entertain or reliev them of their various health situation free-of-charge.During the climax of the exercise, the AFL medical outreach team performed medical services for the community and shared gift items that included food and non-food items.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny has at last got good news on the job front with the announcement today that the Highland Motor Group is expanding its operations with the addition of Honda and Citroën franchises to Donegal and the North West.The Highland Motor Group hope to create up to 10 full time jobs over the next 2 years and also give the local construction industry a much needed boost with up to 30-50 jobs in the redevelopment of the premises situated at the Mountain Top.Honda and Citroën have a long history of success in the Northwest and are delighted to be in partnership with the Highland Motor Group. Commenting on the return of Honda to Donegal, Adrian Cole, Managing Director of Universal Honda said: “We have always had great success and strong dealer representation for the Honda brand in Donegal.“We look forward to returning to Letterkenny and establishing a new relationship with the Highland Motor Group at a time when we are entering an exciting growth period for Honda albeit it in a very challenging trading environment.”Managing Director of Citroën Motors Ireland Ltd, Frédéric Soulier added “Citroën have always enjoyed loyalty from our North West customers and are delighted to be returning to Letterkenny where our new and exciting range of cars, including the premium DS Line, and wide range of commercials will be on display for all to see.“We take this opportunity to wish our new partner Lawerence and the team every success with the Citroën brand which has enjoyed strong sales growth nationwide and we are confident that the Highland Motor Group will continue the Citroën success story in the North West.” Lawrence Harrigan of the Highland Motor Group said: “We are delighted to secure the prestigious Honda and Citroën franchises for Donegal and look forward to bringing them back to Letterkenny where they enjoy a great following.“Both of these car brands along with our established Renault franchise have reputations as manufacturers of daring designs and advanced technologies which have enabled them to produce engines with class leading CO2 emissions, and capabilities of achieving up to 88mpg.”“With the Honda, Citroën and Renault brands the Highland Motor Group are now able to offer customers a fantastic range of cars and commercials, in a range of different trim levels, with low CO2 emissions and giving excellent value for money for all the needs and demands of the Donegal motoring public.“We will continue to operate our Renault franchise from the existing premises at the Mountain Top and the Honda and Citroën Sales outlet will be situated at the Mulroy Business Park, Canal Road, Letterkenny.”The new Honda and Citroen showrooms will open today – Saturday December 8th. TEN NEW JOBS FOR LETTERKENNY AS HIGHLAND MOTORS ADD HONDA AND CITREON FRANCHISES was last modified: December 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:TEN NEW JOBS FOR LETTERKENNY AS HIGHLAND MOTORS ADD HONDA AND CITREON FRANCHISESlast_img read more