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The military barracks Camp Schiefflin is situated midway between Monrovia, the ruined Roberts International Airport and the American-owned Firestone Rubber Plantation in Harbel. The government also musters troops at the Barclay Training Center, a military Barracks located about 600 meters from the Executive Mansion in Monrovia.

During the 1980s the LNG Brigade, usually referred to as the army or the AFL Brigade, was the heart of the ground forces. Headquartered at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia, the brigade was composed of six infantry battalions, an engineer battalion, a field artillery battalion, and a support battalion. Three of the infantry units -- the First Infantry Battalion, stationed at Camp Schieffelin 35 miles east of Monrovia, the Second Infantry Battalion at Camp Todee in northern Montserrado County, and the Sixth Infantry Battalion at Bomi Hills -- were tactical elements designed to operate against hostile forces. Soldiers attached to the other infantry units -- the Third Infantry Battalion based at the BTC, the Fourth Infantry Battalion at Zwedru in Grand Gedeh County, and the Fifth Infantry Battalion at Gbarnga in Bong County -- served mostly as auxiliary personnel.

In May 2001 two dozen persons were taken into custody by the ATU and transported to Gbatala military base in Bong County.



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