President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the outgoing United States Army Major General Darryl Williams for his leadership ahead of a military deployment in Liberia as part of the fight against the Ebola virus.
The Liberian leader stressed that the vanguard role played by Major General Williams proves the United States’ commitment to the relationship between both countries, especially in forming a common front to defeat the Ebola disease.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement over the weekend , when Major General Williams paid her a courtesy call to bid her farewell and introduce his replacement, Major General Gary Volesky.
Speaking earlier, General Williams thanked President Sirleaf and the Liberian people for the level of enthusiasm demonstrated in forming a united front to fight the Ebola disease, noting that the U.S. army was “happy to form part of that front.”
He disclosed that US troops under his command have built six additional mobile labs and plan to construct additional 17 Ebola treatment Units (ETUS), with 12 of them completed or nearing completion.
He named Tubmanburg, Bomi County; Senje, Grand Cape Mount County; Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and the southeastern region of the country as sites where the ETUs will be constructed.
Incoming U.S. Army Commander, Major General Volesky, renewed U.S. commitment to teaming up with Liberia to defeat the Ebola virus disease.
He said the U.S. military’s intervention here will be characterized by flexibility, speed and confidence and expressed confidence in the Armed Forces of Liberia’s (AFL) Engineering Battalion in their collaboration.
Major General Volesky said the AFL has demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and strength and informed the Liberian leader that the US army could not have done it alone without the collaboration with the AFL.
Major General Williams, who has since departed the country, described Liberians as “hospitable and always willing to help.”