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    CJTF-HOA deputy commanding general attends Burundi Senior Command, Staff College graduation ceremony

    By Senior Airman Codie Trimble
    CJTF-HOA Public Affairs

    BUJUMBURA, Burundi - U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James R. Kriesel, deputy
    commanding general of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA),
    visited Bujumbura, Burundi, July 18-20 to participate in the Burundi
    National Defence Force's (BNDF) Senior Command and Staff College (SCSC)
    graduation.

    The objective of the visit was to recognize the accomplishments the students
    made while attending the 45-week course. The Burundi SCSC was established in
    2017 to meet the training requirements designated by the heads of state of
    East African Community countries.

    During the graduation, Lt. Gen Prime Niyongabo, BNDF chief of defence,
    thanked CJTF-HOA for all of the personnel support and logistics provided to
    facilitate the class.

    "I appreciate the work done by (CJTF-HOA) and the members of the college
    staff who worked night and day to give our student officers the most
    support," said Niyongabo. "The training provided to our students is of high
    importance."

    The 28-person class, which included senior officers from the countries of
    Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, was the first taught entirely in
    English with the assistance of English language classes led by CJTF-HOA's
    403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, according to U.S. Army Lt. Col. Benjamin
    Kenion, CJTF-HOA liaison officer to Burundi.

    While visiting the SCSC, Kriesel thanked the men and women of the allied
    militaries for their selfless service and reiterated the need to always
    adapt to an ever-changing military force.

    "It is necessary to integrate the collective strengths and unique cultures
    as they are perishable; they must be cultivated," said Kriesel. "Each of us
    must display moral courage and always do what is right, regardless of the
    cost. All service members must call the profession of arms their own, from
    the most junior enlisted to our most senior leaders."

    Kriesel also acknowledged the importance of maintaining a relationship with
    the BNDF and other East African Community countries.

    "We are proud of the strong partnership we have formed with all of you and
    know that you and your colleagues will play a large role in your respective
    countries' future, including future peacekeeping and other humanitarian
    missions," said Kriesel.

    Kriesel challenged the students to empower individual initiative by
    providing clear, concise and complete mission orders in a climate of mutual
    trust and understanding.

    "Today, responsive and resilient service members are necessary in
    environments against adaptable, thinking adversaries who exploit
    opportunities at every turn," said Kriesel. "These challenges call for
    leaders at the tactical level to exercise greater personal initiative vice
    relying on the decision-making of echelons well above the point of action."

    During Kriesel's visit, he also met with the Minister of National Defence of
    Burundi, Emmanuel Ntahomvukiye, and Col. Cassien Ntacebera, commandant of
    the Burundi SCSC. Ntacebera hopes the partnership with members of CJTF-HOA
    will continue to further develop into a lasting alliance.

    "There is not a single country that can work in isolation," said Ntacebera.
    "We must make allies like you (CJTF-HOA) to achieve success in the future."

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    Date Taken: 07.19.2019
    Date Posted: 07.23.2019 10:16
    Story ID: 332567
    Location: BUJUMBURA, BI 

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