The Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) General Robert Kibochi on 10 September 2021 officiated over the annual KDF Sergeant Majors’ seminar at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC), Karen.
Under the theme: “Enhancing KDF Mission Readiness through transformative Leadership and Strengthening the Soldier Centric Welfare System” the seminar brought together KDF command together with KDF Sergeant Major to discuss various aspects of leadership in order to collectively tackle the existing complex security environment.
In his opening address, the Chief of Defence Forces, General Kibochi urged the Sergeant Majors to reflect profoundly on the type of leaders they wish to be, underscoring on the importance to have transformative leadership versus transactional leadership. He further encouraged the service members’ leadership to embrace mentorship to ensure mission readiness across the rank structure.
A KDF Sergeant Major is a leadership appointment bestowed upon a servicemen/women who has attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class One (WO1). They are the senior most enlisted service personnel who act as advisors to various commands. In this hierarchy the Defence Forces Sergeant Major (DFSM) is the senior most and highest office among enlisted Service members, who acts as the advisor to the CDF on welfare matters of soldiers and their families. He also oversees drill and discipline across all cadres.
Guest speakers at the seminar included retired Defence Sergeant Majors.