Katumba Wamala Honored By U.S Military

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Chief of Defense Forces, Edward Katumba is among the six Ugandan officers to receive one of the prestigious honors from the U.S military. T

Chief of Defense Forces, Edward Katumba Wamala has together with five of his senior commanders been awarded with one of the prestigious awards from the US military.
General Katumba Wamala today received the Legion Of Merit Degree Officer award from the commander of the U.S Africa Command (AFRICOM), General David Rodriguez.
The Legion of Merit 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 award bestowed to General Katumba is in recognition of his leadership in peace keeping operations in Somalia, regional stability in east Africa and Service to Uganda.
Other Uganda Peoples Defense Forces Generals to receive the award today are Lieutenant General, Andrew Gutti, and major Generals, Levi Karuhaanga,  Fred Mugisha , Francis Okello and Nathan Mugisha.
Katumba and the five senior UPDF officers are the first in Uganda to receive the prestigious award from United States of America.

General David M. Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) met today in Kampala with General Katumba Wamala and other senior officials of the Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) to discuss ongoing military relations and cooperation between the United States and Uganda.
General Rodriguez arrived in Uganda after stops in Djibouti, Somalia, and Ethiopia to meet with U.S. forces and foreign military counterparts for discussions on regional security issues.

The visit of General Rodriguez underscores the strong and enduring partnership between the U.S. and Ugandan armies, as well as the ongoing cooperation between the two countries to promote regional peace and stability, counter terrorist threats, and provide training and support to Ugandan forces.


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