IN pursuit of improving preparedness, adaptability and competency of Namibia’s military, President Hage Geingob and Commander in Chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) inaugurated the newly established Namibia Command and Staff College, the highest military training institute in the country.
Speaking at the opening of the college in Okahandja, Geingob stated that the college will provide the requisite training and education to officers, in order to ensure that they remain on par with their peers at regional, continental and international level.
“The establishment of the Namibia Command and Training College, a military institution of this magnitude marks another significant milestone in the history of the Namibian Defence Force. This is proof that Government is committed to the development of World Class training institutions in our country,” Geingob said.
He added that the purpose of this College is to provide full knowledge of tactical and operational warfare both at command and staff level and comprehensive understanding of the military’s role within democratic society.
“In the military, as in any profession, training is an indispensable component of a successful organization. This idea is captured by one of the great military strategists in human history, Sun Tzu, who said, “Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” How does one win first, then go to war? You do so by preparing and mastering your profession.” Geingob enthused.
The president further stated that the establishment of Staff Colleges is crucial as it advances military service education to prepare Officers for command and staff responsibilities to enable them to serve in the Strategic and Operational Headquarters . as well as reduce the backlog of untrained Officers in the Defence Force.
Geingob conveyed his appreciation for the support from the Governments of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, where NDF officers have received training opportunities over the years.
He further expressed gratitude to the Government of the Peoples’ Republic of China, for the generous and invaluable support rendered to the Namibian Government in the construction of this College.