Authorities of the Ministry of National Defense last Wednesday dedicated and renamed the Brigade Preparatory School (BPS) to Linda Thomas Greenfield Preparatory School.
The Linda Thomas Greenfield Preparatory School located in the Edward Biyan Kesseley (EBK) Barracks along the ELWA/RIA highway runs from nursery to junior high (9th grade).
Last week renaming and dedicatory ceremony was part of series of activities that marked the observance of this year’s 59th Armed Forces Day, which is held on February 11 each year at the Barclay Training Center.
At the ceremony, the Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai Jr., disclosed that the BPS was dedicated and renamed in honor of former United States Ambassador to Liberia Linda Thomas Greenfield for her “dedicated services over the years to the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
Samukai remembered how Ambassador Greenfield played a pivotal role in molding the minds of Liberian children by getting the best education when the idea of establishing a school in the barracks was borne.
Idea for the establishment of the school, he said became necessary to promote quality education for children of the soldiers as well as those from the surrounding environments.
Minister Samukai also recalled how the former female Western diplomat joined the process that led to the establishment of the school when she provided material supports to the military to construct the BPS in 2010.
“This newly dedicated and renamed school will bring the AFL children and other residents together to acquire better knowledge that they would use to improve the lives of the country,” Samukai said.
He extoled the American Government and Ambassador Greenfield when he expressed joy over what he termed as “a true partnership between Liberia and America.”
In remarks on behalf of Ambassador Greenfield, the newly assigned U.S. Ambassador to Liberia, Mark Boulware, described the ceremony as a “true partnership and a demonstration of lasting relationship between the US and Liberia.”
He also conveyed Ambassador’s Greenfield sentiments to the people of Liberia with a promise to keep the support to the school for the promotion of the country’s future leaders and also building vibrant armed forces.
“Ambassador Greenfield is very pleased and honored to have gotten involved in the process of providing adequate educational services to the children of Liberia.” Ambassador Boulware said, adding, “We are very proud of the AFL many accomplishments as they get prepare to handle the affairs of the country in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)drawdown.