Participants at this year’s Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 have been urged to continue working together to strengthen their mandate in peace keeping missions, most especially the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).
“Uniting for a purpose and creating partnerships will create and sustain peace and stability in Somalia and beyond,” said Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi.
These remarks were made by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Deputy Chief of Defence Forces and Inspector General of UPDF, Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, while officiating at the closure of the military Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018, at Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC), Gadaffi Barracks in Jinja District.
“I urge participants to create formidable synergies that will give combined forces much power to achieve a peaceful region and world,” Lt Gen Mbadi said, adding that the achieved exercise objectives will definitely enable participants to jointly work together at multi-national sector headquarters, not only for peace but steer good governance in the region and globally.
Lt Gen Mbadi noted that the theme for this year’s Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 “Together for a peaceful world” loosely translated in Swahili as “Pamoja Kwenye Dunia Yenye amani” is a true reflection of a joint Command Post Exercise based on real conditions rather than hypothetical scenarios which gives response to a confronted situation.
The overall aim of Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 was to enhance capacity, increase military interoperability and strengthen strategic partnership in the region and globally.
In his remarks at the closing ceremony, the Deputy Commander of United States Army Africa and Exercise Co-Director, Brig Gen William Prendergast lauded participants for mastering the goals and objectives of the exercise that will make Africa secure. He commended UPDF for hosting the event and creating peace in the region and beyond.
“World events like this Justified Accord2018 help in building trust, respect for human rights and improve interoperability to defeat violent extremism. A secure Somalia is secure Africa,” said Brig Gen William Prendergast. He urged participants to utilize the acquired knowledge and skills for a firm and secure foundation that will enable the spirit of working together in more complex situations.
According to the Command Post Exercise (CPX) 2018 Director, Brig Gen James Ruhesi, the Exercise was conducted in phases: The academic phase provided baseline knowledge on AMISOM, including the Eastern Africa Standby Force (EASF) tactical six steps planning which focused on integration of staff processes in operational and scenario executions. The other was orientation injection driven in real life situations to achieve the objectives and mission of the exercise.
“I am grateful that the exercise objectives (academic and tactical) and purpose have been achieved by all participants which enhances better and professional service in multi-national missions,” noted Brig Ruhesi.
He also highlighted some achievements of the exercise which include: planning for the six stage of Tactical Military Decision Making Process (MDMP), fosters Command and Control, enhances cooperation among fraternal armies, integrates operations with other staff workers and establishes the importance of media during war situations, among others.
Brig Ruhesi, called upon participants to continue working together and sharing experiences to overcome global challenges.
This year’s CPX Justified Accord 2018, had contingents drawn from ten (10) nations namely the US, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Italy, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Somalia. The International Community was represented by the Red Cross, United Nations and African Union.
The Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, awarded certificates of recognition to Heads of delegations.
The closure ceremony was graced by different dignitaries from fraternal armies notably; Brig Gen Gateretse Chief of Training from Burundi National Defence Force (BNDF), Brig Gen Stephen Makumbo, Defence Advisor from United Republic of Tanzania, Brig Gen Mohammed Madobe, Contingent commander, Somali National Armed Forces (SNAF), Col James Burabyo, Defence Adviser from the Republic of Rwanda and Col Njoroge Gitogo, contingent commander, Kenya Defence Force (KDF).
Other senior military officers included, Col Alesando Christileo, Lt Col Mathew Edwards Defence Adviser from United Kingdom, Lt Col Longinus Nyingo, contingent commander from Tanzania Peoples Defence Force (TPDF) and Capt
Overhaul from Royal Armed Forces of Netherlands among others. Participants shall return to their respective country stations and units for redeployment.