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

Dan Davies wins the Liberal nomination in Peace River North

first_imgHe also said he feels that the name of the riding, Peace River North, doesn’t reflect the boundaries of the riding — which extend all the way to the Yukon border.“Geographically speaking, Fort Nelson isn’t part of the Peace River. They are different, they’re part of Liard.” Davies added that a move taken by the Federal counterpart, to include ‘Northern Rockies’ in the riding name, could make it more inclusive.Pat Pimm,  the current Liberal MLA for Peace River North, announced his intentions to retire in November.  Pimm won the Liberal nomination in 2009, a race that both Mayor Ackerman and Davies were part of. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Councilor Dan Davies has been nominated by members of the B.C. Liberals in Peace River North to represent the Liberal party during the next election in May 2017.Only two people ran for the position, Dan Davies and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman.Below is the announcement made Saturday afternoon in Fort St. John which included a speech from Dan Davies.LIVE on #Periscope: BC Liberal Peace River North Candidate Nomination https://t.co/mHwPnX0XKf— Today’s BC Liberals (@bcliberals) May 14, 2016- Advertisement -Here is a tweet from the B.C. Liberal Party about the win.Advertisement Davies said at the beginning of this campaign, his main objectives is to bring an LNG industry to the northeast, to provide more jobs and more revenue for social infrastructure. He continued and addressed concerns about lacking healthcare specialists in the region, and his intentions to bring this issue to the attention of the government of B.C.“Truly, at the end of the day, we shouldn’t have a different healthcare system in Fort St. John or Fort Nelson than they do in Kelowna,” he added.Advertisementcenter_img [email protected]_Davies is the BC Liberal candidate for Peace River North. Welcome to Team 2017! #bcpoli #yxj #FortStJohn— Today’s BC Liberals (@bcliberals) May 14, 2016last_img read more