This was at a function presided over by the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) Gen David Muhoozi at URDCC headquarters Jinja on Thursday.

Maj Gen Lokech now moves on as the Chief of Staff Airforce (COS-AF).

Gen Muhoozi congratulated both Maj Gen Lokech and Brig Omolo upon their new appointments. “Hand over and takeover is a culture in UPDF now because it helps in accountability and orients the incoming person. That’s why we have made it part of our Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs)”

Gen Muhoozi further observed that URDCC is now a functioning center which has prepared UPDF to establish capabilities in peace keeping missions on the African continent. The CDF urged the incoming Commandant to train more personnel because his job needs innovation so as to attract attention. He advised him to liaise with PSO- Singo since they complement each other.

On his part, Maj Gen Lokech first thanked the UPDF leadership for appointing him as Chief Of Staff-AF. He said that URDCC was established by guidance of the AU in 2010 basing on what was happening on the continent. Gen Lokech advised the incoming Commandant to continue lobbying for more resources in order to enhance performance of the centre.

The Ceremony was attended by the Joint Chief of Staff Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu, the Chief of Training and Recruitment Brig James Kinalwa, Commandant NCOA Col Saad Katemba, the head of civilian component Ms Amanda Magambo, and staff members of URDCC among others.

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