Namibian Forces Sergeant Major David Angolo, Regimental Sergeant Major Albert Siyaya and Formation Sergeant Major Leonard Iyambo, alongside US Africa Command Sergeant Major Mark Ripka and Namibia Defense Attache Lieutenant Colonel Christian Ramthun toured JMTC to gather ideas for their emerging education program for non-commissioned officers.
“This has been a very fruitful trip,” said Angolo “We had the opportunity to establish a critical link with the United States, and we look forward to learning from and working with them as we continue to establish our own non-commissioned officer education program in the years to come.”
Namibia gained its independence in 1990. The NDF is comprised of two groups that had fought each other for the previous 23 years: the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) and South West African Territorial Force (SWATF). Namibia contributed 900 troops to UN peacekeeping efforts in Liberia and has offered to volunteer troops to support peacekeeping operations in Darfur.
The Namibian delegation began the two-day visit with a tour of the ranges and various training aids available at JMTC. The first stop on the tour was at the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST 2000).
From the MTSC, the group went to GTA’s range 309, which has a new state-of-the-art facility that allows trainers to observe and record a unit’s performance throughout the compound, which is then reviewed and critiqued.
Day two was spent at the Non-commissioned Officers Academy. The group received a detailed briefing on how the U.S. and its NATO counterparts train their Non-Commissioned Officer corps.