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Armed Forces Commemorate 19th Anniversary with Star Studded Epaulettes
HARGEISA (Horn) –An official chain of command has been established within the country’s armed forces.
While commemorating their 19th year of existence the Armed Forces saw much awaited ranks issued to a number of senior officers at a ceremony officiated by President H.E. Ahmed Mohammed Mohamud
While pinning the symbols of ranks on the senior officers, The Head of State said he was overjoyed to finally see one of his main election campaign pledge come true.
“I am extremely happy to preside in such an occasion (of establishment of ranks in forces hierarchy) during my administration”.
The President reminded the audience that it was part and parcel of his pledge during the Presidential election campaigns that has been realized.
He thanked all who were concern in the preparations and in the same breath paid tribute to the national security forces for the consistent vigilance in keeping peace and security for stability in the country.
The Defence Minister gave a lengthy speech that elaborated on the essence, need and the important significance of having the security service and its systems in a country.
Those awarded in the first phase of the exercise that shall encompass all rankings with the country’s armed forces, include:
The Chief army commander Ismail Mohammed Osman, Major General
-National Police Commander Abdilahi Fadal Iman,Brigadier General
National Prisons Commander Mohammed Hassan, Brigadier General
Army Commander Abdilahi Mohamed Brigadier General
Deputy Army Commander Ahmed Yusuf Awale.Brigadier General
A total of 12 commanders were given the new ranks of colonels and above.
A day earlier the head of state through a presidential decree strengthened the operational capabilities of the Prisons Service, Military and Police forces after he created posts of armed forces assistant operation commanders and appointed
Ahmed Awale Yusuf ‘Libah’, to the post of Armed forces assistant operations commander.
Dahir Ali Weis, to the post of Police force assistant operations commander.
Ali Omar Ahmed, to the post of Custodial corps assistant operations commander and advisor to the minister of justice
These appointments which took effect immediately facilitated ranking awards to the appointees