Oct 21, 2009, 8:00 AM
Thirty Gambian soldiers drawn from various units of the Gambia Armed Forces, GAF, yesterday began a two-month training course on Guards of Honour.
The training, which is being held at the Fajara Barracks, is funded by the Taiwanese government who also send three instructors to provide the training.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, H.E. Samuel Chen, Taiwanese Ambassador to The Gambia, said guard of honour is a vital symbol of any armed forces.
“We are fully aware that The Gambia Armed Forces has been trained very well, but the guard of honour is also an indicator of the army,” he said.
He used the opportunity to formally introduce the course instructors, namely Kong, Lin and Yeh, whom he said, were selected from the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan.
According to him, the instructors are young, strong and talented and well-experienced.
Ambassador Chen, who expressed confidence in the three instructors and the Military Attaché’ at the Embassy, Col. Wally, said the training will be very successful.
Deputising for the CDS, Col.Hina Sambou, the Director of Administration and Logistics at GAF thanked the Taiwanese government, through Ambassador Chen for the opportunity accorded them.
According to him, the training is the first of its kind to be offered to Gambian soldiers on the Gambian soil.
He said the CDS attaches great importance to the training and capacity enhancement of members of the GAF.
He then urged the participants to take the training seriously and to endeavour to share the skills with their various units.