One of six security checkpoints on the 36 mile road leading from Roberts International Airport to Monrovia, Liberia. The checkpoint was manned by Nigerian ECOMOG troops.
At the time, the airport was being used by the United States Military during Operation ASSURED LIFT. The airport runway is 2-mile long airport runway was used by United States Air Force C-130E Hercules aircraft from the 86th Air Wing out of Ramstein Air Base, Germany. ASSURED LIFT was Joint Task Force Operation to provide airlift and other logistical support to West African states that are deploying more than 600 troops to Liberia as part of the regional peace enforcement mission, mostly ferrying inbound West African forces from Mali, with the Ivory Coast and Ghana also expected to contribute troops.
Date 17 February 1997
Author SSGT Paul R. Caron, USAF
PHOTO CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA
Nigerian ECOMOG soldier on patrol in Liberia, 1996