UPDF Amisom commanders have been awarded with the Legion of Merit by US Africa Commander (AFRICOM), Gen David M. Rodriguez.
Those awarded included; Chief of Defence Forces Gen Katumba Wamala, Lt Gen Andrew Gutti, Maj Gen Francis Okello, Maj Gen Levi Karuhanga and Maj Gen Nathan Mugisha.
Army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, says the award cements the good relations UPDF has with the US military.
The commanders were awarded for their exemplary service in Amisom’s peacekeeping mission to Somalia.
The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
The decoration is issued to members of the seven uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments.
The Legion of Merit is sixth in the order of precedence of U.S. Military awards and is worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross.
In contemporary use in the U.S. Armed Forces, the Legion of Merit is typically awarded to Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force general officers and colonels, and Navy and Coast Guard flag officers and captains occupying senior command or very senior staff positions in their respective services.
UPDF land forces Commander in Somalia
Meanwhile, the Commander Land Force (CLF), Maj General David Muhoozi, has visited Uganda People Defence People’s Force (UPDF) troops serving under AMISOM and the United Nations Guard unit in Somalia.
Gen Muhoozi commended troops for the noble duties they are taking a long side Somali TCCs in the course of pacifying Somalia.
The General encouraged troops to continue uphold and execute the forces’ mandate and the mission above all.