The Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton, on July 19, 2022, joined the personnel of the 3rd Battalion, the Kenya Rifles, in marking their Unit Day dubbed 'Narung'ombe Day' at Lanet Barracks, Nakuru County, northwest of Nairobi.
The event marked with pomp and colour began with the Chief Guest inspecting a quarter guard upon arrival and laying wreaths at the unit's monument in honour of soldiers who paid the ultimate price to defend the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The unit's soldiers, popularly known as Scarlets, thereafter conducted a monumental parade showcasing their Regimental Colour. The personnel also had the opportunity to be taken through the unit's rich heritage in a static display showcasing various aspects of the unit since its formation.
Commander Kenya Army Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton, who also served as the twentieth Commanding Officer of the Unit, while addressing the soldiers, he urged them to seize the opportunity of interacting with retired personnel to learn about the rich history and achievements of the unit.
Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton also thanked the families of the soldiers for supporting them during deployment as the soldiers stayed away from their families because of duty.
"Family members make many sacrifices of their own, face separation during deployments, and sometimes bear permanent loss – but there are rewards,'' said Lieutenant General Walter Koipaton.
The Commander Kenya Army commended the 3rd Battalion, the Kenya Rifles soldiers, for undertaking their combat operations diligently and selflessly; efforts that have contributed to the Kenya Army achieving its mandate of defending the Republic of Kenya against land-based threats.
The event was characterized by sharing fond memories by former Commanding Officers of the unit and Sergeant Majors who have overseen the transition of the unit from its infancy stages into a fully-fledged Unit.
The longest serving Regimental Sergeant Major Retired Warrant Officer Class I Isaack Hassan urged the Unit personnel to be model soldiers by upholding integrity and standards of the highest level, which have been built by their predecessors over the years.
Other speakers in the occasion hailed their predecessors as trailblazers who set a firm foundation for the unit, which has seen the Unit lead in discipline, operational successes, and moulding of military leaders.
During the event, retired service personnel of the unit were presented with various tokens in honour of their devotion to service, exemplary service, selflessness in duty, and bravery in various combat operations during their tour of duty.
After the event, the personnel participated in a tree planting exercise, a tradition observed in all Kenya Army events, aiming to improve tree cover in military cantonments in line with the Kenya Defence Forces' Environmental Soldier Programme.
The 3rd Battalion, the Kenya Rifles, is the senior most Unit of the Kenya Army. The unit held this event to enhance its esprit de corps amongst the soldiers.
The battle of Narung'ombe took place during World War I and was one of the many fought by the 3rd King Africa Rifles, now the 3rd Battalion, the Kenya Rifles.
The battle was fought in Narung'ombe in Tanzania. The battle date was adopted as the regimental day of the 3rd Battalion, the Kenya Rifles, to celebrate the unit's fighting spirit, gallantry, courage, and devotion to duty.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.