The Deputy Commander Sector II for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) troops operating under the African Union Transition Mission in Somalia (ATMIS), Colonel Adan Safe last week presided over the closing ceremony of the two-week long Micro Unmanned Aerial System (M-UAS) training at Sector II Headquarters Dhobley.
The training was conducted by the United Nations Field Technology Services (UNFTS) C4ISR Academy in conjunction with the ATMIS Force Headquarters Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (FHQ J2 ISR) representatives based at Sector II Headquarters. It involved 35 participants from both Sector II and Sector VI who underwent both theory and field training. The practical sessions involved scenarios based on the actual threat posed by the enemy across the theatre of operation.
The aim of the training was to bridge the ISR gaps identified at the tactical level and improve their capabilities, as well as equip participants with the requisite skills needed to be proficient operators of drones in collecting information.
During the closing ceremony, Col Safe congratulated the course participants and expressed his confidence that the training had equipped them with the necessary knowledge and skills to handle the UAV. He urged them to be proficient and diligently perform their tasks as expected of them.
“It is your duty to give timely and accurate intelligence to your Commanders to help them plan and execute their operations effectively,” added Col Safe.
The Chief J2 Sector II, Lieutenant Colonel Wilson Lemayan reminded the course participants to remain steadfast in providing the much needed Intelligence, Surveillance and Recce to the supported Manouvre Commanders in their respective FOBs. He further reiterated the need for the UAV Operators to take care of the assets bestowed upon them as they form a critical force multiplier to the conduct of Operations.
Mr. Broulaye Sangare, the United Nations Field Technology Services (UNFTS) instructor, congratulated the participants for their dedication and willingness to learn, adding that the knowledge they acquired will enable them to conduct ISR tasks not limited to surveillance but also conduct Search and Reconnaissance.