FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – On September 12, 2023 new U.S. Ambassador Bryan Hunt congratulated the 40 hand selected Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) soldiers for completing their training with the United States Army Security Force Assistance Brigade. The RSLAF officers, ranging in rank from Private to Warrant Officer 1, recently completed training with the United States Army as part of the United States’ commitment to train with military partners, and to gain a shared understanding best practices and sustainable operations.
Throughout the 6 week training, U.S. military advisors covered professional education programming, career management best practices, and a foundational understanding of the current battle courses. This effort is preparing RSLAF Soldiers for future missions across the priorities of the RSLAF leadership, specifically on developing non-commissioned officers.
Ambassador Hunt highlighted the joint partnership that dates back to 2002 that “speaks both to the long-standing friendship between the United States and Sierra Leone and to the importance that we both attach to professional education and development within our armed forces.”
The U.S. Army Security force assistance brigade that facilitated the training is part of a worldwide program that focuses on tactical, operational, and strategic training with global military partners. Since July 2023, the 2nd SFAB’s Maneuver Company Advisor Team 2120 has been employed in Sierra Leone. Using United States Army current doctrinal practices to compliment RSLAF doctrinal ways as a common framework, advisors and partners recognize the overlap and differences in doctrine and tactics, techniques, and procedures across the management of training and building of an NCO.
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