NCO mentors medics during Liberia Security Sector Reform

CAREYSBURG, Liberia – When villagers near Camp Sandi Ware told medics that a six-year-old boy was severely burned by pot of boiling water, Sgt. 1st Dedraf Blash joined Armed Forces of Liberia medics to assist.

The AFL effort was a good way for the Liberian military to show local people that they are there to help, said Blash, a senior U.S. Army Africa NCO who recently spent three months in Liberia where she wore two hats – mentoring both medical soldiers and females serving within the Liberian ranks.

Blash is the first female NCO from U.S. Army Africa to take part in the Liberia Security Sector Reform program, a U.S. State Department-led effort to help build leadership capacity within Liberia’s military – a force recently reestablished after years of civil war.

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