President Museveni (standing in the middle, donning a warm suit) in a group photo with Special Forces Tank crews at Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School (AWTS). PPU Photo.
By Capt Denis Omara
The President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) of the Armed Forces, His Excellency Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has said, the Combined-Arms Exercise conducted recently in Kalama involving Land Forces (LF), Air Defence (AD), Field Artillery (FA) Uganda People’s Defence Air Force (UPDAF) and Special Forces Command (SFC) achieved its objectives.
“The Arms drill conducted here today was a success; it has enhanced the acquisition of the new weaponry, testing capability and utilization of equipment and personnel; checked the readiness of our troops and their equipment”. The President said, in his address to troops.
The C-in-C was presiding over the pass-out of soldiers who took part in the mutual training exercise which closed on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Kalama Armoured Warfare Training School (AWTS) in Kabamba, Mubende District. He said, the exercise aimed at strengthening the different Arms of the military with skills required when fighting as a team to degrade a single enemy.
SFC Soldiers para-trooping from the aircraft as part of combined arms Drills. PPU Photo.
The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF), Gen David Muhoozi, thanked the troops for putting up a very magnificent performance in spite of the little resources.
He observed that, with this kind of training, Commanders from all Arms of the UPDF are now better placed to integrate Communication skills, fires, aviation support and the use of aerial vehicles for intelligence gathering into real day-to-day combat situation.
The Commander of Special Forces Command, Brig. Don Nabasa, thanked the President and the C-in-C for his continuous guidance and support at all stages of planning which yielded the Exercise.
The President (in plain green uniform) follows the Combined-Arms drill with the aid of a binocular, high ranking senior officers look on. PPU Photo.
He appreciated the CDF, Gen David Muhoozi, for accepting the Exercise to take place saying; it was long overdue, having had the last one thirteen years ago because of inadequate resource envelope.
Brig. Nabasa also extended his gratitude and thanks to Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Special Presidential Advisor for Special Operations, for developing a wonderful plan which was easy to follow and execute.
Notable among the high ranking Senior Army Officers who graced the occasion were; the UPDF Chief of Defence Forces, Gen David Muhoozi, the Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations, Maj. Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander Land Forces, Maj. Gen Peter Elwelu, the Commander Artillery Division, Maj. Gen Sam Okiding, the Senior Presidential Adviser on Security and Defence, Maj. Gen Proscovia Nalweyiso and the Commander of Special Forces Command, Brig. Don Nabasa.
The exercise was also attended by junior officers and men from other Arms and Services of the UPDF.
On June 14, 2002, President Museveni launched the Uganda Defence Reform programme with the aim of transforming and overhauling the UPDF into a more professional, modern, accountable and efficient army. These reforms would therefore aim at improving training, discipline and efficiency. This is exactly what the UPDF has been doing. Training, training and training.