Warrant Officer Class 1 (WO1) Byomere Livingstone is the Special Forces Command Sergeant Major, he has been the most senior enlisted man in the PPU,PGB,SFG and SFC for the past 14 years, not a mean achievement by any means.
The Command Sergeant Major is responsible for enforcing the discipline of troops in the Special Forces, ensure hygiene and sanitation, and implement orders and guidelines as laid down by the Commander of the Special Forces (CSFC), Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba. The Command Sergeant Major is the most senior enlisted man (or other rank) within Special Forces.
Byomere, 46, with his elder brother Kelementi Kigozi, joined the NRA guerrillas at Bukasa village in Luweero in August 1982; he was only 14 years old. 32 years later Byomere is still going strong. His brother unfortunately got killed in a fierce battle a year later (towards the end of 1983), but that did not deter Byomere’s resolve to fight the brutality and injustices that were the hall mark of the governments of the day.
In 1985, Byomere and a group of other energetic young men were selected to join the High Command Unit (HCU), an elite unit that was tasked with ensuring the safety of the Chairman High Command (CHC), Yoweri Museveni. Upon capturing state power in January 1986, the HCU became the Presidential Protection Unit (PPU), before metamorphosing into the present Special Forces Command (Please see History of the SFC).
Byomere, was fortunate enough to have been under the command of celebrated bush war heroes like Brig. Chef Ali, Maj. Jerome Bwende, and JO1 Aspro Kiyinji. He witnessed and participated in some of the toughest battles of the resistance, like the battle for Mbarara in the spring of 1985, the battle for Katonga Bridge, the capture of Lwengo etc. He weathered the storms of the resistance war, and has lived to tell his story.
When asked to share the secret of his longevity in one of the world’s toughest jobs (that of soldiering), Byomere, with an ironic smile, replies in Swahili three words; “nidamu, kazi, na uvimiliaji,” translated as “discipline, hard work, and endurance.” Byomere has done several Junior and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers courses (NCOs), and also successfully attained trained as a Commando.
In his long and illustrious career, and despite his limited formal education, Byomere steadily rose through the ranks and commanded a section before serving as a platoon and Company Sergent Major for many years. He became a Warrant Officer Class 2 in 1989, and was promoted to WO1 in 2000. He was appointed the Regimental Sergeant Major of the then Presidential Protection Unit (PPU) in 2000 and the Command Sergeant Major in 2012 when SFC was established.