By Capt Denis Omara
The Chief of the Defence Forces (CDF), General David Muhoozi, has commended the Special Forces Command (SFC) trainees for exhibiting great military skills that have been acquired in the last one-year of rigorous training. He said the skills that have been exhibited go a long way in displaying the SFC’s commitment to walking its journey as far as the training of its personnel is concerned.
“The skills learnt can only be perfected overtime through more training by way of career progression within SFC. As skills serve as additional enablers, those who witnessed today’s exercise can attest to this,” said Gen. Muhoozi.
Gen. Muhoozi was speaking during the special qualification course pass – out of Special Forces Command trainees that took place mid October, 2017 in Butiaba, Buliisa district, Bunyoro Sub-Region. The SFC trainees have been undergoing an 11-month commando training at the Samora Machel Special Forces Training School Kaweweta.
SFC soldiers para-troop from a military chopper in a recent training Exercise . PPU Photo
Gen. Muhoozi who commended the high level of professional knowledge and execution by the soldiers, asked them to remain disciplined, selfless, keeping fit, maintaining team spirit, remaining healthy and, above all, be ideologically alert.
The Commander of the Special Forces Command, Brig. Don Nabaasa, expressed gratitude to the instruction team for ensuring the successful completion the SFC training cycle in a record time of 11 months. He thanked Gen. Muhoozi for his support to SFC not only in terms of training but also in other competing activities.
He extended his appreciation to the UPDF Chief of Training (CTR) for facilitating the course.
The Commandant of SFC’s Samora Machel Training School, Maj Paul Micki Lokut, said that the just concluded training session dwelt more on mission training. He commended the trainees for their cooperation to ensure the success of the training.
A number of trainees were recognized for individual and group excellence in various disciplines as well as those who were best in theory and in field work.
The CDF handed over 164 maroon berets to the trainees symbolizing qualification as full members of SFC, a tradition every serviceman under this formation must fulfill.
The pass out ceremony was crowned with an interactive session dubbed the ‘CDF Baraza’ which was attended by the Commander of Air Forces, Maj. Gen. Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, the Commander of the Artillery Division, Maj. Gen. Sam Okiding, the Deputy Commander of Land Forces, Maj Gen. Sam Kavuma, the Chief Political Commissar (CPC), Brig. Henry Masiko, the Commander of the Marines Brigade, Brig. Michael Nyarwa and Ministry of Defence and Veterans Affairs and UPDF Spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire.