GAF decorates 25 junior officers

Thursday, July 04, 2019

The Gambia Armed Forces on Tuesday decorated 25 officers to the ranks of captain and lieutenant. The event which brought together security officials of the state was held at the Joint Officers Mess in Kotu.

Public relations officer Major Lamin K. Sanyang said promotions in the military are meant to reward hard work, dedication to duty, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of the institution one is working for and by extension the state.

In June 2019, he said 42 senior officers were promoted to ranks of major and lieutenant. According to Major Sanyang, it is noteworthy to mention that this decoration was preceded by several decorations by the various battalions from Yundum, Fajara, Farafenni, Kanilai ,Basse and Banjul, declaring that 696 personnel of the GAF have been promoted to various ranks this year, “it’s a benefitting motivation which brings immense joy to the beneficiaries and families”. He emphasised.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) of The Gambia Armed Forces, Lt. Gen. Masanneh N. Kinteh, said the decorated officers have successfully gone through a professional process that was instituted by his office, saying he convened a board headed by the deputy chief of defence staff that gave comprehensive guidelines, which according to him, are in accordance with international best practices and the terms and conditions for service.

He advised that for effective leadership at all levels of command it is the duty and responsibility of the officer corps to provide decisive leadership to the armed forces.

CDS Kinteh congratulated the officers on their well-deserved promotions, reminding them to uphold the principles of unconditional loyalty to the government and the people of The Gambia as they have subscribed to in their oaths.

Newly promoted Captain Famara Jassey, gave a remark on behalf of his colleagues, thanking the government and the GAF senior officials for their continuous support. He further urged his colleagues to hold on to their duties and responsibilities as officers of the armed forces.

Author: Fatou O. Barrow & Fatou Bojang