The Senior Presidential Advisor in charge of Special Operations, Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, has called for robust training of Special Forces paratroopers.
Muhoozi spoke Wednesday at the handover ceremony of Special Forces Commander, Maj Gen Don Nabasa to Maj Gen James Birungi, at 10 Marine Battalion headquarters, Entebbe.
The military and police have in recent years trained dozens of paratroopers to conduct specialized missions.
A paratroopers is a military parachutist—someone trained to parachute into an operation, and usually functioning as part of an airborne force.
Military parachutists (troops) and parachutes were first used on a large scale during World War II for troop distribution and transportation.
Paratroopers are often used in surprise attacks, to seize strategic objectives such as airfields or bridges.
Speaking at the event, Muhoozi told Birungi to “focus more on skilled training especially in the area of para trooping.”
Muhoozi hailed Nabasa for a “job well done especially in the area of infrastructural development” and wished him well in his scheduled Defence and Strategic course in China.
Nabasa said during his two-year term, he was able to bridge the accommodation gaps by constructing and renovating a host of housing units.
He also conducted specialised trainings for troops; built, expanded and equipped Dr. Ronald Bata memorial Hospital with the state-of-the-art machines.
This hospital caters for the militants, their families and the civilian communities around Lunyo Barracks in Entebbe.
The incoming Commander, Maj Gen. Birungi, pledged to work tirelessly with the support of the UPDF leadership, SPA/SO and the officers of SFC.
The function was graced by the Commander of Land Forces, Lt Gen. Peter Elwelu, D/IGP, Maj Gen. Muzei Sabiiti, Deputy Commander Airforce, Maj. Gen. Gavas Mugyenyi, and Deputy Commander of SFC, Col. Peter Candia and the Director of Administration SFC, Col. Felix Busizoori among others.