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Inside Uganda Special Forces’ Combined Arms Exercise

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Museveni in a group photo with Special Forces combatants at Karama Armoured Warfare Training School in Kabamba, Mubende district on Sunday

President Museveni on Sunday presided over the specialized Combined Arms Exercise by the elite Special Forces Command (SFC), Chimp Corps report.

The exercise, which empowers combatants to integrate all organizational pieces together when assaulting a single objective, took place at Karama Armoured Warfare Training School in Kabamba, Mubende district.

Unlike in the past, this time the presidency did not divulge details about the exercise apart from saying the exercise involved land forces, paratroopers and Air Force.

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Officials said the exercise involved specialized teams from standard infantry, field artillery, engineering, aviation and support battalion.

It enables commanding officers to integrate aerial vehicles, cyber, intelligence, communication, fire support and aviation assets into day-to-day combat operations.

The soldiers work together in combined arms maneuvers within a complex tactical environment.

In such a case, a platoon leader and a noncommissioned officer who know how to control their platoon or squad on infantry maneuvers now must control their respective elements using a Stryker platform, mortars and aviation.

Artillery plays a key role in brigade maneuvers, providing long-range firepower to front-line military units.

The purpose of such exercises is to bring different assets together to gain experience and confidence in working together as a team.

Weaknesses of sections are identified and addressed.

Some of the high ranking military officers who attended the function included Chief of Defence Forces, General David Muhoozi, Maj. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba- Senior Presidential Adviser for Special Operations and Maj. Gen. Peter Elwelu -Commander Land Forces.

Others include Maj. Gen. Sam Okiding, the Commander Artillery Division and Maj. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso, the Senior Presidential Adviser on Security and Defence.

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