Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Bahret
Staff Sgt. Ashley Gregory, drill sergeant leader, confers with Armed Forces of Liberia drill sergeants in background as Sgt. 1st Class Francisco Latimer, senior drill sergeant leader, leads Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers through a physical fitness session during a drill sergeant refresher course at Camp Ware, Liberia. The two drill sergeant leaders from the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School at Fort Jackson, S.C., assisted Operation Onward Liberty by teaching a week-long drill sergeant refresher course as the AFL prepares to enlist approximately 150 new recruits. Operation Onward Liberty provides mentorship to the Armed Forces of Liberia to produce a capable, respected force able to protect Liberian interests in the West African region. In addition,Operation Onward Liberty is developing the leadership capabilities of the officers and noncommissioned officers to maintain a professional and credible military force with a reputation as a "force for good" among the Liberian people.