May 31, 2018
U.S. Ambassador, Maria Brewer, yesterday (30th May) transferred U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Excess Defense Articles (EDA) to the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF).
The ambassador visited the Armed Forces Training Centre (AFTC) at Benguema Barracks to welcome new recruits, present military equipment to distinguished graduates, and compliment senior leaders for their focus on the recruitment of more female soldiers.
Out of the 522 recruits, 100 of them are female, the laudable feat being result of targeted recruitment focused on diversifying the force.
According to a release from the United States Embassy in Sierra Leone, the Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) had sought out equipment such as field gear, combat boots and uniforms, computers, radios, tent sets, and industrial sewing machines, which will enhance RSLAF’s operational effectiveness and bolster communications inter-operability across the mission.
EDA is one of a number of programmes DoD uses to facilitate the transfer of equipment to friendly partners to further US national security and foreign policy goals.
The combined efforts of Sierra Leone and the US are building a more professional, inclusive force capable of responding to dynamic challenges in the future.