BEIRUT, Lebanon (April 6, 2010) — In early April 2010, the U.S. government reached out to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) through a joint US Army - LAF medical team visit.
The U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Command Surgeon team, made up of American military medical experts, visited their counterparts at the LAF and toured several LAF medical facilities throughout the country. The American medical officers were impressed by the dedication and professionalism of their LAF counterparts who are dedicated to providing the best possible care to Lebanese soldiers and their beneficiaries. Both the American and Lebanese teams of doctors shared experiences and are looking forward to conducting future bilateral training opportunities.
Also on April 2, the United States delivered to the LAF the first in a series of shipments of weapons and ammunition. This shipment included 1,000 M16A4 rifles, 10 missile launchers, 1,583 grenade launchers, and 538 sets of day/night binoculars and night-vision devices. This equipment will be supported with training provided by the United States government.
The United States is committed to providing assistance to the LAF to help them increase their capacity. This assistance includes training and equipment to meet the LAF's long-term needs which the Lebanese government has identified in its five-year plan for the LAF in order to protect Lebanese citizens, counter terrorism, and to fulfill its duties throughout the country.