An elite unit of the UPDF Special Forces Command was recently passed out at Singo Peace Support Operations Training Centre in Nakaseke District after a gruelling four months of pre-mission training under the tutelage of the U.S Army Special Forces.
The U.S Deputy Head of Mission in Uganda, Patricia Mahoney, flanked by the UPDF Special Forces Commander Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, officiated at the pass out ceremony of the troops that are expected to be deployed in Somalia under AMISOM.
The elite force will be tasked with undertaking difficult operations such as conducting reconnaissance in enemy strongholds, carrying out rescue operations and neutralizing enemy snipers and suicide bombers among others.
Brig. Muhoozi observed that the SFC has been active in Somalia since June 2011 and played an important part in the liberation of Mogadishu and other towns from the grip of the Alshaabab extremists.
“You should be proud of what you have achieved. Success in urban operations depends on small but highly organized and trained units and I’m confident you have what it takes to deliver,” said Brig. Muhoozi.
He said the territory in Somalia had expanded and so had the challenges.
Ms Mahoney said she was deeply honoured and privileged to be associated with the UPDF Special Forces and commended them for their valour, commitment and patriotism in defense of not only their country but also other Africans on the continent.
She revealed she had two sons serving with the U.S Army and therefore understood what it means to be a member of the military family.
The U.S Special Forces officer in charge of the training at Singo, Lieutenant Voss said the UPDF Special Forces had exhibited character and described them as ‘Spartans of the 21st century’ who had risen above the average man to serve their country in very difficult situations.
“The training was difficult but necessary because of what lies ahead,” said Voss.
Others present at the function included the Commandant of Singo Military Training School, Col. Lugenyi, Col. Wyatt from the U.S Army and several senior military officials from the two countries.