Tuesday, March 24, 2009

U.S. Special Operations Forces Trains the Lebanese Armed Forces

March 23, 2009
The United States continues to provide assistance to increase the capacity of the Lebanese Armed Forces.  On March 20, Ambassador Michele J. Sison participated in the graduation ceremony for thirty senior enlisted members of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) who received training from the U.S. Special Operations Forces.   The month-long training focused on skills such as marksmanship and battlefield medicine.
The instruction included training the LAF participants in how to be trainers.  "Training the trainers" means that several other members of the LAF will learn the same skills.  The Special Operations Forces is planning future training programs with its LAF counterparts. 
This training is one component of a comprehensive and multi-faceted U.S. military assistance program to Lebanon.   The U.S provides training in areas the LAF leadership identifies.  Training , like other aspects of the assistance program, are implemented in accordance with LAF requests, focused on areas LAF leadership identifies as necessary. 
The overall goal of U.S. military assistance to Lebanon is to strengthen the LAF and increase its capacity to defend Lebanon's territory.  Since 2006, the United States has provided over $410 million in equipment and training to the LAF.  The United States is committed to building the capabilities of the LAF and it will continue to support the government of Lebanon and the LAF to safeguard the peace, unity and sovereignty of Lebanon.

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