President Museveni, capsule http://chrisroberson.net/wp-admin/includes/image-edit.php who is also the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, http://clearwatercommunities.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php has praised the UPDF leadership for adopting effective methods of training that are the hallmark of a modern, well equipped, and lethal army.
The President made the remarks on Saturday at Butiaba Special Forces Training School in Buliisa District, along the showers of Lake Albert during the passing out of soldiers who successfully completed a 15-month Special Forces training qualification course.
“I’m glad the UPDF is no longer like a Ssemufu (scare crow). Many armies in Africa are scare crows. They look like armies, but they are not. Africa is suffering from defense deficiencies, just like HIV in the human body. They cannot defend themselves,” said the President.
While congratulating the graduands upon the completion of the tough and grueling course, the President called on the soldiers to always protect themselves as they aim at the enemy.
“The enemy is clever, just like you. However, I’m glad that the general level of training in UPDF has improved tremendously. This is what I have always told commanders like the late Gen. Aronda, and now Katumba,” remarked the President.
He was pleased to note that the SFC has added specialized training to the good training they received earlier. He, therefore, urged the soldiers who have completed their course to take care of their health.
The SFC is a specialized component of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) tasked with carrying out specialized missions or operations at a moment’s notice.
While conducting its operations, the SFC coordinates closely with the two main arms or services of the UPDF, that is, the Land Forces and the Air Forces.
Its mission is to develop and operate a powerful and versatile special operations force that is situated within the unique Ugandan way of war and is responsive to the requirements of the UPDF and the nation.
Weapon handling skills
The CDF Gen. Katumba Wamala thanked the SFC for organizing the training. He was pleased to note that they left nothing to chance.
He observed that the weapon handling skills were very impressive. He called on them to continue training and practicing their combat skills as a matter of routine.
The Commander of SFC, Brig. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, saluted President Museveni for his vision that, he said, has enabled the UPDF to have a Special Forces component.
He revealed that the pass out was the first batch of SFC operators to be trained by Ugandans.
Later, President Museveni presented prizes to the best performing trainees.
The prize for the best overall performer was presented to Corporal Robert Wanjusi while Private Godfrey Muyanda got the prize for discipline.
Geoffrey Onyang scooped best performer in the field and Lieutenant Aloysius Nsobya emerged the best Special Forces training instructor.