Armed Forces (GAF) on Tuesday commenced its first Civil Military Training to
enhance the capacity of its members’ on their day-to-day interaction and
relationship with the civilian population.
The four-day seminar is expected to cement the already cordial relations between the country’s Armed Forces and the civil populace and increase the confidence of their personnel in the discharge of their constitutional mandate. The seminar is taking place at the Join Officers Mess in Kotu.
During the opening ceremony, Chief of Defense Staff General Masanneh Kinteh thanked the United States Office of Security Cooperation (OSC) in Dakar through the United States Embassy in Banjul for supporting the training.
“My vision is to ensure that The Gambia Armed Forces is put on a better footing to be able to fulfill its constitutional mandate of protecting and preserving the territorial integrity of this country. This task cannot be achieved without building the capacity of the very people that are at the core of ensuring that I realize my vision for the Gambia Armed Forces,” he said.
CDS Kinteh reminded the personnel of GAF that they were selected to undergo the training and to also share knowledge with their colleagues, who are under their command and as well as organize similar programs within their services and units to impart the knowledge they have gained.
He reiterated that together, they sees nothing than The Gambia and her people and resolve together to ensure that the path to the “Promised Land” becomes a memorable one; a journey that promises freedom, peace and justice each day for all Gambians and non-Gambians residing in the country.
“Gambian people have high hopes in all of you to ensure that together we can steer the affairs of this great nation to make it an epitome of success. Indeed, we cannot deny the fact that most, if not so many of us had nearly lost hope owing to the repressive climate of governance we lived under over the course of the last 22 years.”
American Ambassador Patricia Alsup said the seminar is just one example of the growing partnership between The Gambia and US.
She thanked the Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR), saying CCMR is one of her government’s leading security cooperation organizations and has done lot of good work in helping build institutional capacity in countries around the world. “We are contributing to this important project of building a better and more democratic civil-military culture in The Gambia.”