US Troops Challenged…As US Africa Command Transfer Authority To 101st Airborne Division

By C. Winnie Saywah-Jimmy

‘Operation United Assistance Joint Force Command’ laid out by Major General Darryl Williams of the U.S. Africa Command has successfully transferred authority to Major General Gary Volesky of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Liberia.

At the turning over occasion on Saturday at the Barclay Training Center, outgoing Commander Williams expressed gratitude to those he had worked with in strengthening the Military-to-Military operations especially Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, U.S Ambassador Deborah Malac, Liberia’s Chief of Staff Daniel Ziankahn, the US-CDC and USAID.

Major General Williams as he turned over responsibility in the mission, he said that he understands that there is still much to be done and believes that there is no other better unit to carry on the task beside the 101stAirborne Division led by Volesky which is leading one of the highly decorated units in the United States of America.

“I am proud of everything US Africa Command and the Joint Force of the United States Assistance have done; the USAID cooperation and the 101st will build on this foundation. My short time here I see that the US and Liberia share a special bond; there is no fight in this world more worthy of fighting than the one here in Liberia,” he concluded.

The new commander of the operation, Volesky said he had only been in the country for five days and is easy to see the progress even though there is a daunting task that must be accomplished together noting that he believes in demonstrating with action and not words.

Volesky said to prove that he is prepared for action; he has thousands of his soldiers arriving already in the country and ready to join the great team to fight Ebola together thereby thanking the Minister of National Defense for allowing the U.S troops to squat on the military facility.

As he promised to continue to build on the foundation established by General Williams and his team of foot soldiers, Major General Volesky said he had been told by a number of persons that the task he has assumed is extremely difficult but reminded that the ‘hard is not impossible’.

Volesky said he is sure that the task is not difficult because he is determined to see Liberians get on to a brighter future and their resilience to stopping the spread of the disease. Outgone Commander, Williams with Master of Art in Leadership Development served as deputy commanding general for support, 2nd Infantry Division Republic of Korea and most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff G3/5/7, USAREUR in Wiesbaden.

While, the new commander of the U.S. Operation ‘United Shield’ Volesky who assumed command of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell in June earned a Master’s Degree from Princeton University.

The 101st Airborne Division (air assault) provides the U.S. an unmatched expeditionary Air Assault capability to conduct forcible entry and other worldwide unified land operations in support of combatant commanders.