Top foreign military officials head to Monrovia
Set to receive AFL DSO awards
Two Ghanaian military officials including Brigadier General Kwedu Hagan and Lieutenant Colonel George Nuetey- Ablade Dottey, along with several other senior foreign military officials are expected to arrive in Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, to receive Distinguished Service Orders (DSOs) from the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Sam Kingsford Collins, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs told a recent news conference in Monrovia that the DSOs will be awarded at a program marking the official observance of the Armed Forces Day on February 11, 2022, at the Barclay Training Center on UN Drive in Monrovia.
He further indicated that on Thursday, February 11, 2022, the official Armed Forces Day Celebration will kick off at 6:00 a.m.
During the ceremonies, the Distinguished Service Order Awards will be given to Brigadier General Kwedu Hagan and Lieutenant Colonel George Nuetey- Ablade Dottey.
He added that Lieutenant Colonel Mohammed Abubakar Swaray (S1890-RSLAF) from Sierra Leone and Colonel Chris Wyatt (Rtd), Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Moulton, and Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Alden from the United States of America as well as Captain Dorothy Gray (Rtd) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), and Mrs. Finda F. Nyumah, an Eminent Liberian, will also be given DSOs.
Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins, Chief of Defense Staff, Latvia Armed Forces; Major General Paul Roger of Michigan National Guard and Lt/Col Rob Browne, Defense Attaché, UK Military, will serve as Special Guests for this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.
Speaking further, Assistant Minister Collins said the Armed Forces Day historically came into existence by legislation on February 11, 1957, with the sole intent of paying homage to the men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia who are making tireless sacrifices to maintain the security of Liberia, and those who have sacrificed their lives in the line of their duties for their Country and people.
The Armed Forces Day Celebration has always been used as an opportunity for the public, foreign guests, and dignitaries to be acquainted with the activities regarding development and progress within the Armed Forces of Liberia, Collins further disclosed.
He noted that this year’s Armed Forces Day will be celebrated under the theme: “Inter-Agency Cooperation as a Panacea for Contemporary Security Challenges.”
He added that Ambassador Tunde Ajisomo, former Ambassador of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia, will serve as the Guest Speaker of this auspicious event.
In a related development, the Ministry of National Defense (MOD), and the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), in partnership with the Lone Star Cell (MTN), held massive cleaning up campaign activities in the Borough of New Kru Town on Saturday, February 5, 2022, to give the densely populated community a facelift.
Prior to the cleanup campaign, many parts of the densely populated community were awash with dirt and other waste materials, thus posing a health hazard to residents.
The clean-up took place in the area beginning at 6:40 a.m. with personnel of the Ministry of Defense, the Armed Forces of Liberia, and Lonestar Cell MTN, and inhabitants of the community being heavily involved.–Press release