Press Releases 2009
LAF Officers Strengthen Capabilities Through U.S. Military Training
September 29, 2009
On September 24, members of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) who participated in the U.S. government’s International Military Education and Training program (IMET) gathered to celebrate the continued cooperation between the United States and the Lebanese Armed Forces.
U.S. Ambassador Michele J. Sison congratulated the officers, noting that “the U.S. commitment to the LAF is not just an investment in machines and metal, but in people and their capabilities.”
The United States has trained more than 500 members of the LAF since 2005. Training through the IMET program is a part of the U.S. government’s direct support for developing Lebanon’s military and security forces. IMET graduates are working to enhance the LAF’s support and service capabilities, focusing on supply, maintenance, ordnance and medical administration. The program also enhances the strong relationship between the U.S. military and the LAF.
Since 2006, the United States has provided over $410 million in assistance to the LAF. The U.S. is committed to strengthening the capacity of the LAF as they defend Lebanon’s borders and safeguard the peace, unity and sovereignty of Lebanon.